The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. There are so many brain-related events happening near me and other places and I really wish I could attend all of them. Maybe if I cloned myself that would be possible but that won’t be happening anytime soon.
Last week, I attended the Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s 35th Anniversary Gala and the following day their conference was held in Richmond, Virginia. I have been in attendance at quite a few of their conferences since 2006 especially over the past six years as a Board Member. I always learn something new. The brain is the most complex organ we have and there is so much we don’t know. Every conference or event I participate in is a learning experience. I always walk away with a new idea or something to research. This weekend’s event was no exception.
Later this month, I will be attending Brain Injury Awareness Day This is an annual event but I have only attended the past two years. Prior to that, it was difficult to arrange child care for Little Miss and I was unsure if I should bring Middle Miss fearing the day would be too overwhelming and/or over stimulating. Those with a brain injury know that noises, bright lights, echo sounds, just to name a few, can cause disruptions for the individual.
Last year Middle Miss was on the panel of speakers. Read more about it in this post. It still seems so surreal that she was given the opportunity and did such an amazing job. I will relish that day for a lifetime.
I will most likely attend the day’s events by myself and meet up with other brain injury advocates on Capitol Hill. I am in the process of requesting meetings with my representatives to share our story and request their support in any legislation relating to brain injury. One of the issues I really want to address is Social Security Disability. I will write more on that in an upcoming post.
There are other events during that week but I do not know if I will be able to attend. Coordinating the family schedule is always a complicated task and involves a lot of juggling. I was invited to a reception on the evening prior to Awareness Day but it doesn’t look like I will attend due to another commitment involving Little Miss’ Chorus Group. I don’t want to miss these important milestones because I know how important they are to my children and I also know these events will not be around forever. I am really trying to live in the moment and enjoy the times as they come.