TBI Survivor Blog Series 2020

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By Dhara Joshi

“During this trying time, we should band together, never lose hope, and support the amazing health care workers at the front lines.”

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put humpty together again”

Well, guess what???  It’s not the 18th century anymore and modern medicine has come a long way.  I am definitely proof of that. Poor Humpty Dumpty never stood a chance, but thankfully, we now have hope. Hope is something that is a precious commodity these days, with all of the global unrest that we are currently experiencing as a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.  I, for one, am deeply grateful to be alive. It is really all thanks to our absolutely amazing health care system – to all of the doctors and all of the nurses who were able to put me together again.  I owe them my life, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

As this pandemic sweeps the nation, and in fact, the world, all I can do is remember how the jaws of life were used to pry me from a catastrophic car crash.  How I was barely clinging on to life, as I was being rushed to the nearest hospital.  Even when they weren’t initially able to stop the bleeding, they never gave up hope – they never stopped trying.  Even the paramedics who transported me didn’t think that I would survive the trip.  I am grateful that they were wrong and that they kept me alive.  Even though they said that I only had 10 percent odds to live, they never gave up on me – so, how can we give up on them? There is always hope.

During this trying time, we should band together, never lose hope, and support the amazing health care workers at the front lines. These times may be trying, but this too shall pass. We simply need to support each other, instead of succumbing to the fear mongering and hoarding mentality. Of course, having an intangible enemy seems frightening and makes us quick to judge.  However, instead of letting this virus divide and conquer and letting fear reign supreme, we need to come together and do our part to support our amazing health care providers.

No act is too small, whether it is something as simple as social distancing, spreading positivity, or donating food to those on the front lines, we can all make a difference. No matter how daunting this pandemic may seem, no matter how steep this fight may be, together, we will conquer and come out on the other side.  After all, it’s not the 18th century anymore. Now, we have HOPE.

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