I had a wonderful experience in January 2013 that I would like to share with you. During my rehab journey, I spent six months at Center for Neuro Skills (CNS) in Irving, Texas, from April 2009 to September 2009. I was required to live in their apartment community and was shuttled to the rehab facility every day. I had a positive attitude and worked hard at regaining the necessary skills I needed to live on my own again.
I remember a former patient visiting the staff. She became very proficient at photography. One day, she brought in photographs to give to each of the staff members. The photographs were picked for each member because they reminded her of that person in some way.
She also talked to the rehab patients after lunch for about an hour. Though I admired her strength and talent, I had no desire to revisit this place ever again! No offense to the staff and therapists is meant by that statement. They were patient and kind and I will always remember that.
Through my contact lens doctor, I was put in touch with his daughter Stephanie Fitzpatrick. She worked at CNS as a counselor. I happily agreed to visit CNS to speak to the patients. It’s amazing to think that after five years of recovery, I was able to go back and do something I thought I could never do.
I went in with no expectations. It didn’t matter. If I could help one person with my message to never give up, it would make the trip worthwhile. There were thirty-one people in the room. I wound up speaking for an hour and a half. What a great day.