Keep Climbing

Ryan FarrellToday’s blog was written by Ryan Farrell, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2010 (exactly three years ago today) during a  cheerleading exhibition. Ryan currently shares her story with teens through BIA-MA’s Gateway Program.

1,096 days – 156 weeks – Time really does fly … THREE YEARS have gone by!

If anyone had ever told me 1,097 days ago  that I would suffer, survive  and THRIVE after a brain injury, my response would have been quite simple: “A BRAIN INJURY?!? Why would I have sustained a BRAIN INJURY?” Well, it has been three years since I suffered a TBI and although I never would have imagined something of that magnitude would have ever happened to me, it has made me a stronger, more steadfast, more determined woman. Every morning when my alarm clock goes off (no matter how early it starts to loudly chime), I pop out of bed, ready to take on the day!

My determination, in all that I do, has been strengthened even more than before my injury.  I have truly discovered who my true friends are – the ones who will always be there for me, no matter what.  Not only have I discovered my true friends, but I cannot reiterate enough how significant family is. My family – immediate, extended, and sorority – are the fabulous individuals who will be there for me, no matter what.

Even on the days when I get frustrated, when nothing seems to be going the way it should, I try my hardest to stay positive.  Do I think about the things which were taken from me on April 18, 2010? Of course I do. But, do I waste my time and energy getting frustrated and upset?  No, I do not.  I am HEALING, I am STRONG, and I am ALIVE!

As Winston Churchill once said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Surviving, persisting, THRIVING – that’s the way to go through life!


6 thoughts on “Keep Climbing

  1. Cheryl Hanington

    Ryan not sure if you remember me but we met at the Milford Hospital Brain Injury Group. My husband David suffered a TBI when a deer ran out in front of our motorcycle. I think of you often an am so glad to hear you are doing well; not only surviving but thriving as well. Perhaps we’ll see you again sometime at the group. Are you still playing your music? Wishing you good health and continuing recovery. Best wishes… Cheryl Hanington


    1. Ryan

      Hi Cheryl! Yes, of course I remember you and your husband! =]
      Thank you so much for your well-wishes.

      & yes, I’m still playing my music – (not as much as I’d like to!)
      I hope you and David are doing well! Is there anyway you could message me your e-mail address/phone number? I’d love to catch-up with both of you!


  2. Sally Beach

    To my dear beloved roomie, you are an inspiration to us all, always so positive and never complaining even when I was! The best part of us both having brain injuries at the same time is that we met and will be in each others lives forever – how could I have been so lucky!!
    With lots of love and a great big hug, Sally


    1. Ryan

      SaLLy Beach ~~~ SWEETER than a PEACH!!!!! =P =] ❤ =] =P
      & I AM the *LUCKY* one!!! =] Love you to PiECES, pretty lady!!! ❤ =] ❤



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