We start Tuesday with projects, like work on the computers, and other things. We work on paper work. We also do projects. It is relaxing as long as everything is handled right. We try to get out and do things. We do that until lunch. After lunch we have a little more freedom to do what we would like. We play games. We talk about what we are going to do on the weekend. We do that for a few hours and then we are done and we go home. We talk about what is going on in society. We are just starting trying to go outside. We make gift bags. We are here to improve our minds. You can improve your mind. A gentleman comes and we go through stretch and workout session. We are trying to help others out with they are recovering from. We are all here to help people through a tough a hard time.
As the sun rose above the horizon the group made ready for the beginning of the race.. They checked all their equipment such as shoes,shoelaces, water bottles and hats were all accessible. The runners were talking with each other and comparing notes as how they would run their race. Everyone had their own way on how they would run their race, but it was good to compare notes with the other runners. The race started off with the sound of the starting gun. The mass of runners shot off the starting line with great hopes of finishing the race. It was sunny with not a cloud in the sky, and the weather was perfect.
Everyone was happy as they as they ventured around the course. As the race went on the distance between the runners became greater and what started as a huge mass of runners broke down into small groups, which interacted with each other as the race went on. They continued cheering each other on, which empowered them to draw on that togetherness and take strength in the fact that they were accomplishing something very positive in running this race.
While running this race, the runners showed that they took pride in their community and wanted to take an active part in seeing that this race was a success. This is just one of the stories that life not only continues, it can have a positive effect as life goes on.
I was up at the cottage in the early fall relaxing in my easy chair looking over the horizon, when something caught my eye. There in the distance was dark cloud of smoke. Something was not just right. I stood up and and rushed into the house and grabbed my binoculars. I adjusted them to my eyes and could not believe my eyes. That smoke that I observed was not smoke at all but a huge cloud of butterflies. There must have been millions of them. I heard of this happening but had never seen it before.. They were Monarch butterflies on their fall migration down to Peru, South America where they would spend the winter eating everything that they could to exist. They would remain there the whole winter, out of the freezing weather up north until the early spring , when they would return up north where they would breed and undergo the act of becoming a caterpillar. This would make the circle of life complete. It was at this time that I realized how precious life is and we all should enjoy as much of it as we can.
By Synapse House Member Tom W.
Being brain-injured is a lonely existence, and it’s scary because your cognitive abilities are greatly diminished from what they were pre-injury. In my case, I have short-term memory encumbrances. For instance, I won’t remember writing this article immediately after writing it. I also have vision encumbrances having lost sight in my right eye as a result of a brain-bleed and the collection of blood in my right eye socket. My vision has been restored but I suffer from double vision and vision encumbrances.
Before my injury, I was a partner in a large Chicago law firm. I had colleagues, friends and clients. I enjoyed my job, my colleagues and clients. I felt fulfilled, challenged and successful. But now, I’m not the man I was. I’m disabled, and I don’t feel successful. It’s a very challenging existence.
But, I have loving wife and four beautiful children. They take good care of me. We also have close friends who arrange social engagements (like dinner and a movie) that lift my spirits.
While I am disabled, I am also fortunate. My loving family and the medical team at Rush Hospital gave me hope and a second chance.
By Synapse House Member Chris Z.
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I enjoy attending Synapse Clubhouse (in Elmhurst) because it brings me into contact with other people who have disabilities and challenges similar to mine. My name is Chris. I’m a 54-year-old lawyer. I was in private practice in a large Chicago law firm when I collapsed at my desk two years ago of a brain anyerism. Fortunately, my secretary, Diane, is caring and competent, and I was transported promptly to Rush University Medical Center in downtown Chicago. Rush saved my life by stopping the brain hemorage.
I am disabled because my vision is impaired and I have short-term memory encumbrances. I lost vision completely in my right eye after the brain bleed but the Wheaton Eye Clinic - a first-rate eye clinic - (by a doctor who is a family friend) was able to remove the blood from my eyeball and restore my vision, though my vision is still impaired to a degree. My glasses have a special prism to correct vision, though it is imperfect. I’m fortunate to have gotten vision restored and the prism helps. I focus on the pluses and not the minuses. Afterall, it is a miracle that I have the chance to compose this piece, and I hope it gives you a feeling of joy, hope and contentment about your life.
Bottomline: I’m very lucky to be alive and thankful for me secretary, Diane, and Rush who both (working in tandem) saved my life. It was a close call! Diane and Rush acted promptly and with precision and compassion to save my life. I am grateful. Thank you! In the present tense, I am grateful that Synapse House exists and that I attend on a regular basis. It is a friendly, fun and uplifting environment that boosts my morale and teaches me skills that help in my daily life.
It was a 10-mile race through a forest, along a river and up and down several hills. It was a grueling marathon, and the rain made the race more difficult. But, Steven felt energized and athletic. He had conquered the race with just two miles to go. He cleared his head of all distractions and focused in his mindseye like a laser beam on the finish-line.
The sweat dripped off this face and rolled down his legs like two giant rivers. His shirt and shorts were drenched with perspiration. His heart throbbed, realizing rest was a short distance away. Relief! He continued to stay focused! The end was near! A cool glass of Gatorade and a Granola bar would soon be his! And, a joyous celebration with all the other participants who finished the race. They would be celebrated as sports-heroes. Bravo! Also, they would be decorated with a medal and given a trophy, signifying their outstanding athletic achievement.
As he accelerated down the final hill toward the finish-line, a runner, 10 racers in front of him, stumbled and fell. Steven leaped to avoid a collision. Fortunately, he jumped big and was able to hurdle the entire fallen group, as up to 5 racers had tumbled to the ground, rolling and weeping in agony. But, the leap caused a strain in his calf, and as he descended to the ground he felt a sharp pain in his leg that caused him to stumble and fall. As he rolled on the path in pain, weeping, he messaged his calf intensely trying to deaden the ache.
A medic, supplemented by the police, quickly came to his aid, helping him up and asking about the pain intensity and location. The first-aid provider put some salve on the injury and wrapped the leg in an athletic bandage. The provider concluded that his leg was not broken. Bones take long time to mend, and the pain would be worse than what he was feeling now. While is leg did not feel perfect, it felt much better than immediately after the fall.
Steven limped to the finished line, determined to finish the race. As he approached the line, the crowd that had amassed at the race’s closure let out a huge cheer and began to chant: “Champion,” “Tough,” “Stupendous!” Steven became energized and the shooting pain in his leg evaporated as he took in all the cheer and merriment around him. He was relieved and felt confident. He had done the impossible. After suffering a traumatic spill, he pulled himself up, dusted himself off and marched to the finish, completing the race. It was an athletic victory but more importantly it was a psychological success. Now, it was time to celebrate with a few cold beers and several yummy hamburgers prepared by the event sponsor. His friends would rally around him, and share in the joy of his success.
Here is a look at a some of the most inspiring quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Watch the "I Have A Dream" Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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