We are survivors. We have been through the worst of despair. Most of us still live with daily vertigo or severe neurological pain. We've had to, and have to make choices every day.
There is a feeling of loss and grieving that is very real and hard for others to accept. First is your identity, what you did, possibly your job, your ability to work, walk, drive and communicate. Second, is your ability to handle normal social situations, or be unaffected by crowds, noise, and lights. Coming so close to losing everything causes you to recreate a new identity with new passions and values.
It is time to rebuild. To discover what we can do, and not keep defining ourselves on what we cannot do. There Is More in life than what we did before and it is there to be discovered and learned.
Identify a personal identity, a social identity and a spiritual identity. We want to help to take those steps.
We meet at the Wintonbury Church in Bloomfield, CT at 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. We have open discussion while we work on understanding and developing our new lives and our need for social, emotional, creative and spiritual identity.
Our goal is to get everyone sharing. We use the Stroke Survivor Group work group by Lash and Associates, who's material is applicable to all physical injuries or diseases of the brain.
WHAT WE DO
First hour: Classic Group Discussion with relevant discussion topics
Second hour: (optional) Stay for photography, music, writing exercises, drawing and other group art classes or other in-depth optional discussion groups (all when available).
We have new cameras, 3D writing pens, writing sets, paper supplies and more, supplied by a generous budget from Wintonbury Church. If you, or your organization would like to learn how to donate new items to this group, please contact Tom Schuck at firstname.lastname@example.org.