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  • Writer's pictureDallas Shepard

Don't be defined by a Diagnosis

Updated: May 26, 2023

don't be defined by a diagnosis
Don't be defined by a diagnosis

At the tender age of 19, Jordy's world revolved around his incredible musical talents, having even shared the stage with the legendary BB King at just 14 years old. However, one fateful and foggy night, his life took a dramatic turn when a car accident left him fighting for survival. Miraculously, Jordy woke up from a coma, but his traumatic brain injury had a significant impact on his life, causing right side paralysis. Refusing to let this tragedy dim his bright musical future, a friend sparked his resilience by placing a guitar on his chest, igniting his passion for music once more. With unwavering determination, Jordy overcame numerous hurdles to achieve his music degree, and he now pursues a master's abroad. His remarkable journey serves as a testament that one's diagnosis does not have to define their life.

Jordy is not defined by a diagnosis
Jordy is not defined by a diagnosis

We believe people are not defined by a diagnosis and can take control of their life even if they have a diagnosis. Use these tips to stay motivated, take charge of your destiny and make an impact on the world. Remember: don't let a diagnosis define you - you are so much more than that! Share your story with others who may be struggling and spread this message of hope and strength. Join the movement today and show others that anything is possible when you have faith in yourself! Denial is an enemy of recovery. Yes things might have changed and are different but that does not mean you can not change, grow and enjoy your life. 1. Acknowledge your feelings and take care of yourself - While it is important to stay positive, it is also essential to acknowledge your feelings after receiving a diagnosis. Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions come up, whether it be sadness, fear or anger – they are all valid. And make sure you are taking care of yourself by eating nourishing foods, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Taking time for yourself will help boost your mood and keep you feeling strong in the face of adversity. 2. Reach out to family and friends for support - Having a supportive community is key when dealing with a difficult diagnosis. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your family and friends for help - they can provide words of encouragement, an understanding ear or a helping hand in times of need. Having someone to talk to who knows you well can make the whole process easier and remind you that you are never alone. 3. Seek out resources that can help you cope with your diagnosis - A diagnosis doesn’t have to be all bad news! There are numerous online support groups and resources available that can guide you through the process. You may even find others going through similar experiences which can give you a sense of solidarity and hope. Additionally, medical professionals such as therapists and counselors can provide invaluable advice on how to manage difficult emotions associated with a diagnosis. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help - it could make all the difference! 4. Use positive self-talk to keep your spirits high – Having a diagnosis can be overwhelming, so it’s important to stay positive and remind yourself of your worth and value. Simple mantras or affirmations such as “I am strong” or “I can handle anything that comes my way” can help boost your mood and keep you motivated. Keeping a gratitude journal is also an excellent way to refocus on the positive aspects of life and be grateful for what you do have rather than dwelling on what you don’t have. 5. Celebrate the small wins and focus on what gives you joy – It can be easy to get bogged down in negative thoughts when dealing with a diagnosis, but it’s important to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments such as taking a walk or meditating for five minutes. Focusing on activities that bring you joy like reading, listening to music or painting can help give your mind and body a break from all of life’s pressures. And don’t forget to reward yourself for reaching milestones - a massage or day by the beach could be just what you need! 6. Believe in yourself - Don’t let a diagnosis define you! Believe that you are capable of great things and the sky is the limit for what you can achieve. If life throws curveballs your way, find ways to use them to propel yourself forward. Everyone has moments of doubt and uncertainty, but with self-belief and determination, anything is possible! So don’t forget – You are strong, capable and limitless. You have just as much potential as anyone else – you only need to believe in yourself! This message of hope and empowerment is one that we at Harmonized Brain Centers strive to convey in everything we do. We want everyone to know that, regardless of diagnosis or circumstances, you can change your brain. So don’t let a diagnosis define you – take ownership of your life, believe in yourself and show the world that nothing can stand in your way. You have what it takes to make a difference – Everyone deserves their BEST BRAIN EVER!

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