Adversity is misfortune when things go wrong: medical conditions, finances, family and spouse problems, friends, or even transportation. I could list a book filled with adversity. Something will always go wrong no matter how and what you plan. It is a part of life and human nature.
Adversity is a powerful word, but the real power is how you deal with it. You still have to function. Life is not going to stop because of an individual’s adversity. Get help. Treatment centers, church, peers, doctors, counselors and most of all self-awareness can help solve problems.
Always remember when you think you have encountered insurmountable adversity, there are others with problems greater than yours.
In May of 2010, I was involved in a terrible auto accident caused by a drunk driver. My condition required hospitalization for several months, as I experienced massive injuries to my legs, especially my left leg.
Since the accident, I have been unable to walk. Although I am not paralyzed, I have been in a wheelchair ever since. I still have tremendous pain in my legs; however, with the help of my caseworker, I have been able to continue my rehabilitation at the Orlando VAMC where I was admitted in January of 2012.
I wanted to say that since my admittance at the VAMC, I have had nothing but a positive experience. I have found the staff to be friendly and supportive in their endeavors to help me improve my medical condition. Through rehabilitation, my pain is more tolerable. Additionally, I feel more spiritually inclined. You have to understand that when you experience such a traumatic injury, there is a period of time when you feel as if no one can help you turn your life around up until my admittance at the Orlando VAMC, I was extremely depressed and discouraged.
However, the staff here has given me hope and improved my physical condition. I will go home soon but plan to continue with rehabilitation. The good news is that my rehab sessions will be held at the VAMC, which gives me hope for a complete recovery over time.
Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2016, 2-4pm, at the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo Register today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-veterans-voices-pen-celebration-tickets-27911438865 Please join us for The Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration, and our keynote speaker Lou Eisenbrandt. Lou Eisenbrandt is a Veteran and Author of “Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering”. About our Speaker – Lou Eisenbrandt Growing up in a small Illinois(…)
Veterans Voices is excited to celebrate 70 years of providing therapeutic writing to veterans! Watch both here and on Facebook for the various ways we’ll be celebrating this year. Join with us and share with fellow veterans, friends and family.
2013 Veterans Pen Celebration View Event Photos Saturday, November 2, 2013 2 – 4 p.m. Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO Highlights: Premiere of the VVWP DVD “Veterans’ Voices…. Alive and Well” Featuring Veterans’ Voices authors & writing aides Writing Aide Phyllis Bibeau, Albuquerque VAMC & Volunteers of VVWP(…)
Deann Shinkle Mitchell, Vice President, VVWP and Deb Lilla, Marketing Committee Chair, discuss the Veterans Voices Writing Project (VVWP) that utilizes therapeutic writing to rehabilitate veterans on August 12, 2015. Listen here
by Dorothy Remo VA Media Center, San Antonio, TX Typist: Lee Torres What is it like to think you might be crazy or acting crazy when nothing is certain? Everything has turned so different. I’m looking at my world from a distant place where I’m not participating, no interacting. My thoughts have blown up–they(…)
by Paul Wilkison Every civilization Contains within Itself two types Of seeds: At the beginning, Seeds of greatness. At the end, Sees of destruction. VAMC, Albuquerque, NM Writing Ade: Phyllis Bibeau Typist: Jane Harvey
Radio interview with Veterans’ Voices Editor in Chief, Margaret Clark, as KMBC’s Person of the Week for April 13, 2015. Hear some fantastic stories of the impact Veterans’ Voices has had on healing veterans from the hidden wounds of war. You won’t want to miss this!!