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Happy New Year and Happy Wednesday! We have had a major snow storm here in the northeast, so if you have been affected by it, I hope you are all safe. Stay warm as the forecast is for really cold temperatures!

Push to Walk has been really busy, and several of our new inquiries and clients are people with brain injuries. We have found that with some adaptations, our exercise programs and methods used with people who have spinal cord injuries are beneficial to people with brain injuries as well.

As a staff, we are committed to educating ourselves in this area so we may offer information and resources to individuals and families living with a brain injury. One such resource is TBI News & Views , a printed newsletter published by the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brian Injury System. It is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is a collaborative effort among Kessler Foundation and several medial centers in New Jersey.

The cover story about a young woman’s goal of achieving independence after a brain injury very helpful and informative. Articles and recaps of research and conferences (one of which I attended) were also very interesting. I suggest checking out the newsletter and Kessler Foundation website.

If you know of someone with a brain injury that this information might help, please pass this along.

Cynthia

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On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me……….eight merry Santas!

From a generic or commercial (not religious) point of view, what is more symbolic of Christmas than Santa? Kids go from being deathfully afraid of the jolly old man, to believing him and wanting to be good so as to get a lot of presents,  to not believing and feeling their parents have “lied” to them all along, to adults understanding the symbolism. What a journey!

When I see Santa at a mall, with kids (sometimes happy, sometimes not so much!) taking pictures, on a street corner or shopping center ringing a bell, or just seeing someone who has a remarkable resemblance to the “real” one, I always feel a little bit of joy and happiness. I think of all the good that comes from those who enjoy dressing as Santa and bringing cheer to kids and people in general. Whether it’s family or friends gathering, a visit to a hospital, delivering “Toys for Tots” or driving through town on the fire truck, Santa brings smiles and goodwill.

Whether the name is Santa Claus, Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, the image brings to mind a deep HO, HO, HO and Merry Christmas!

I hope all of us at Push to Walk can bring cheer and goodwill to all those we serve. Whether its a person with a spinal cord injury, MS, brain injury or stroke, their family and friends, or those who need information and guidance, I hope we can all be “Santa” in your lives. We just won’t all be dressing alike any time soon!

Cynthia

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Wow, we’ve been open six years!! I’m never sure if I should call this a birthday or an anniversary – according to Webster’s, we fit both definitions. Both are fine, and both express the celebratory nature of recognizing so many accomplishments!

By now, most of you know the story of Push to Walk and the story of my son, Darren and our family. If this is the first time reading my blog, or your first encounter with Push to Walk, please visit the About Us section of our website for more information. A very abbreviated version is that after Darren sustained a spinal cord injury in July 2004, we traveled back and forth to California for an intensive exercise program and subsequently realized that New Jersey needed a program like this. With none around, we started our own. Darren came up with the name, and six years later we are not only sustaining ourselves but growing in several different ways.

Check out this link for some new videos of Darren using the Gait Harness Walker, and take a look at some of our other client videos, too. They are ALL amazing!

With more trainers, more clients, more board members and added administrative staff, we are providing a unique exercise program that is not only focused on people with spinal cord injuries, but now includes traumatic brain injuries, MS and stroke as well. Our trainers continue to educate themselves in these areas of specialty, have started doing research and work together as a team to ensure that our clients receive the best possible workouts every single day. Our board is dedicated to helping Push to Walk expand in a planned and organized fashion, and is embarking on a Strategic Planning Process to help us develop our way forward. Our supporters continue to amaze us with their generosity which is critical to our existence. And our administrative team is behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly.

We thank our clients for putting their trust in us to help them in their journey. Each person is in a different place when they join Push to Walk – physically, emotionally, financially. We develop relationships with them, help them identify goals and work with them to achieve those goals. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and help them succeed.

Thank you to everyone who has helped Push to Walk come so far! Together we are pushing forward and making a difference!

Cynthia

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I can’t say it’s my favorite holiday as I also really love Christmas, but it is a very close second! Lots of food, family, friends and all in the name of giving THANKS for what we have, who we are, and what we do. I am grateful for all these things and more, every day, but with a day to celebrate thanks, it is that much more special.

I am a big believer in things being “relative.” Yes, there are things in my life that are not perfect – I think we can all say that to some extent. But whatever I have going on may be worse than some, but not so bad compared to others. When people complain about “little things” I really, really try to see things from their point of view. Sometimes their complaints are valid, and present real difficulties. But other times I just want to say “really? REALLY???” Oh, they just have no idea………..

And I’m not just talking about my world as related to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, MS and other neurological conditions. I see friends struggling with major illnesses, children with severe problems, catastrophic losses from Hurricane Sandy – the list goes on and on. Those are the REAL problems.

So this Thanksgiving, I’d like to express my gratitude to all those in my life who contribute to who I am, what I do and what I have.  I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers and everyone in my Push to Walk family, far and wide. Thank you for being part of my life!

I wish all of you and your loved ones a wonderful, thankful Thanksgiving holiday! May it be a day of joy and celebration, but also recognize  others who are struggling and may need our help and support. I hope this holiday brings out the best in all of us, and that we help each other.

Love Cynthia

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