People will remember the riveting Guest Post, A Better Man Because of You (July 5, 2013), that told of a young man’s brush with death and how Ryan’s story has changed his life. The author, Joe, fell 17 feet from a balcony causing brain damage and other injuries. His life was in peril even after he went home. His recovery took him into a deep depression and the pain killers were his refuge. It took a Facebook message from my daughter, Kari, to begin a great turn-around. To follow is an email-type message I received from him.
Dear Mr. Diviney
Since sharing my story of my traumatic brain injury with you I’ve received many kind messages. I was so shocked and thrilled that people were inspired by my story! So, yesterday I decided that I want to start attending support groups for people dealing with their brain injury; not because I need support, but instead I want to provide it to others. I’ve truly come to grips with how lucky I am and want to inspire the men and women suffering from this horrible trauma.
Why does this concern you? Well, I was planning on sharing Ryan’s story, as well, and how it helped me get through my hardships. I’m in contact with the BIAV program assistant and figuring out what I need to do to not only attend support groups, but become a volunteer and speaker for the association. I’m very excited to see where this takes me and hope I can make a difference in the community.
I just thought I would message you and let you know of my plans to share Ryan’s story at local support groups. I know you really want Ryan’s tragedy to garner attention and support, but I still wanted to make sure you’re fine with me doing this. You can be rest assured that I would say nothing less than great things about your son and the strength of your family.
Please let me know what you think of this. For now, I’ll just be attending support groups around the area. But, if I successfully go through the necessary classes and become a volunteer speaker at different events I will certainly let you know in case you’d like to attend.
Thanks again for everything. I hope you allow me to share Ryan’s story in conjunction with mine to people who don’t realize just how lucky they are to have survived their injury.