Liam Neeson's next steps
Liam Neeson Natasha Richardson dies at 45 NEW YORK -- The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson has led her husband, Liam Neeson, to set aside his career, at least for the moment.
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#1 Mar 22, 2009
Dear Topix Director,
With recent events surrounding Natasha Richardson' brain injury and subsequent death, the discussion of traumatic brain injury has come center stage. On March 18, 2009 ABC Radio KGO AM 810 San Francisco contacted me to participate in an interview with Gil Gross surrounding traumatic brain injury and the invisible -- and some times deadly -- nature of traumatic brain injury.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Craig J. Phillips and I have lived with an invisible disability for nearly 42 years. As a traumatic brain injury thrivor I have succeeded beyond all reasonable expectations. Although I was not expected to succeed beyond high school, I went on to obtain both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.
I am now a master's level rehabilitation counselor, an advocate, a peer mentor, a life coach, a motivational speaker and an internationally published author. As a thrivor my mission and vision is to encourage, motivate and empower people with and with out disabilities to thrive in life -- regardless of how their lives may look at the present time. For several examples please read my Testimonial / Endorsement Page http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/testi... .
Per my specific circumstances, I sustained a severe brain injury in 1967 when I was 10 years old. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks. I had significant damage to my right frontal lobe, a severe brain contusion with brain stem involvement. I underwent brain and skull surgery after completing traction and being placed in a Spica -- full body cast-- for my left femur fracture. In 1967 neurological rehabilitation was not available so I was essentially on my own.
With the encouragement of family, hard work and determination I taught myself how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences.In follow up to brain and skull surgery I underwent several EEG's and a battery of cognitive and psycho social testing. The results from the tests were shared with my parents, but not with me. The results indicated that I would probably be unable to succeed beyond high school academically. Nevertheless I went on to obtain both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.
On February 6, 2007 I created Second Chance to Live -- at the encouragement of a professional friend -- to share my experience, strength and hope. The focus of Second Chance to Live is to encourage, motivate and empower the reader to move beyond surviving to thriving regardless of how circumstances may look at the present time. Please consider sharing my message of hope with the individuals that you serve. My web address is http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/ .
Currently, I have 394 articles with in my Site Map http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/site-...
Over the past 24 months material from Second Chance to Live has been published through out the United States, in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
As a brain injury survivor, who has achieved far beyond all reasonable expectations and a master's level rehabilitation counselor, I am credibly qualified to speak before both survivors and professionals with authority.
For more information please visit my Speakers Page http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/publi... and my Media Page http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/press...
If you would like to hear interviews of me you may visit my Interview Page http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/inter... .
I look forward to being of service to you and to the individuals that you serve.
Thank you for your time and kindness.
Have a simply phenomenal day!
Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Second Chance to Live
Our circumstances are not meant to keep us down, but they are meant to build us up!
#2 Mar 23, 2009
Craig, your story is very inspiring and I am sure there are many individuals who can relate to your struggles!!! I appreciate your information and courage!! Thanks for posting!!! I truly think what killed Natasha Richardson is the delay in seeking and obtaining treatment for her devastating brain injury!! My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family!! Thanks again, Craig
#3 Mar 25, 2009
My sincere prayers and thoughts go out to Mr. Neeson and his two sons. A very terrible tragedy. Hope the press goes easy on you for a while, and gives you and your family some space. Godspeed!
#4 Mar 25, 2009
Thank you my friend. I appreciate your time and kindness. You are a blessing to me. I am available to be of service to anyone who is impacted by a brain injury. You may make contact with me through my Contact Page http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/leavi... and I will be sure to get back to you. The good news is that we do not have to stay isolated.
Please let me hear from you.
Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Second Chance to Live
#5 Mar 28, 2009
Thank you Craig I will be checking your site out!!!! Keep the faith, Best regards, Cathy
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