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Grateful Mom with Son with Injured Son in Wheelchair Attests to Value of Guided Imagery

29 Feb
I want to applaud the idea of resources for caregivers. Nearly six years ago, our teenage son was a pedestrian, hit (on a sidewalk!) by a drunk driver. He suffered severe traumatic brain injury, was hospitalized for 6 months
Dear BR,
I just received your e-mail and want to applaud the idea of resources for caregivers. Nearly six years ago, our teenage son was a pedestrian, hit (on a sidewalk!) by a drunk driver. He suffered severe traumatic brain injury. After six months of hospitalization, I brought him home. The energy involved in caring for my younger son, with my husband overseas, and taking care of the needs of a 6’2, wheelchair-bound, TBI survivor with a trach tube was overwhelming.

I found guided imagery through Prevention Magazine when I needed to have surgery myself. It is now two years later and I have been a committed advocate ever since.

Our path with our older son''s effort at recovery from TBI has been a long and bumpy road and, because of the extreme behavioral issues his injury left him and us with (extensive left frontal lobe damage), he is now confined to a facility by the court system.

I cannot imagine what it would have been like over the past four years, and especially what it would be like with a recent debacle, had I not had the guided imagery resources I had from Health Journeys. I give your materials as gifts for a wide variety of circumstances, and I will so welcome the availability of a caregiver''s resource, especially as I watch those who try so to care for our dear son. They need a resource like guided imagery, which provides so profound and significant a contribution to quality of life.

Thank you-thank you-thank you. My guided imagery CDs have so often been the thread that I have clung to for some glimmer of joy, sense of hope and profound sense of peace in my daily life.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award