Text Box: TBI Education For Survivors & Families


It’s difficult to believe the Christmas season is upon us again.  I can’t fathom where this past year has gone, but it’s been one of many blessings for a large number of people, myself included.


Through generous donations, we were able to acquire motorized scooters and wheelchairs for some survivors who have limited mobility.  Educational and support materials have been produced and distributed to survivors and their families—at no cost to them.  Personal appearances have sparked conversations on how best to serve TBI survivors and those who give them daily assistance.  There have been many other achievements, which, without the support from many community members and businesses, wouldn’t have been possible.  In many ways, the Christmas spirit was alive and well throughout 2014.


I was sad to see Thanksgiving being further eroded by stores opening early that morning, precluding many employees from enjoying the holiday with their families.  I think Christmas has become far too commercialized, and the meaning behind the day gets lost even further in the maze of store ads, so-called “Holiday Special Sales,” and the like.  Even the “politically correct” policing is out in full force, berating those of us who refuse to abandon all mention of Christmas.  To measure up to their standards, we’re supposed to say “Happy Holidays.”  Sorry, but it’s still “Merry Christmas” around here.  And it always will be.


I’m hopeful that all of you have the opportunity, regardless of your faith, to spend time with your families.  That you may continue traditions started during generations past, and that you are filled with a spirit of hope, happiness, and goodwill.  I pray this Christmas season provides you with a sense of peace, especially inner peace—regardless of your circumstances.  And that this peace continues well beyond December.


If there is turmoil within your family, I hope you can mend the discourse and again become close.  That you can pick up where you left off and regain the sense of unity, so that something as important as family ties isn’t lost any longer.


I hope if you’re facing serious medical issues, you find a new strength to continue your battle and emerge victorious over cancer.  We’re all in this together, and together, we can get through just about anything.  If you are an addict, I pray you’ll be able to get the help you need so you can put your life back together and move forward.  If you are imprisoned, that you can fully understand your mistakes and return to society as a happy, healthy, productive citizen.


If you experienced the loss of a loved-one this year, I pray that you are able to turn your grief into warm and meaningful memories of that person and what they meant to you.  While this is the first Christmas without them, keeping their memory alive is a genuine tribute that would make them proud.


A child once asked me what we give Jesus for a birthday present, since it is His birth we’re celebrating.  I think the best present possible is for us to remain ready, willing, and able to help each other in good times and bad.  If we’ve been blessed, share that blessing.  If someone is down and needs a hand up, we extend ours without hesitation.  That we do it because it’s the right thing to do, without expecting reward or recognition.


I wish you all a heart-felt Merry Christmas.  May the peace and joy of the season remain in your hearts and actions throughout all the days ahead.  And in the words of the immortal  Tiny Tim Cratchit, “God Bless Us.  Everyone.”



















Dave Seavy is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury he sustained while repairing a broadcast transmitter.  To read more about him, go to the About Dave Seavy page.



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