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We like to hear stories, learn from them and connect through them. Everyone has a story.

 

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Regardless of what your story is, you’ve had obstacles to overcome. You’ve experienced hurt and sadness. Maybe you’ve experienced injustice and cruelty. Your story has had ups and downs (maybe one more than the other) and it has lead you to where you are today.

My name is Melissa Jirovec, and I am a full-time caregiver to my husband, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014. I have been there through the long hospitalization, the endless appointments, the surgeries, the therapies, the challenges and the accomplishments. I’ve helped my husband through his recovery, and have been getting acquainted with the new person he has become. No one can prepare you for when a loved one develops an acquired brain injury.

I have juggled the roles of caregiver and wife, and now motherhood as well. My story is one I share often, because I not only find sharing my story therapeutic, but I hope it invites others to share their story as well.

To be honest, I love hearing other people’s stories. I love hearing about their life experiences. 

If you’ve got a story to share [and we both know you do] I’d love to hear it. Stories help us strengthen relationships with understanding and empathy. And sharing our story is taking ownership of it. Taking full control.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Guys, It’s Pastor Cal. I was thinking about you two the other day and did a search on Google. Love the picture of you with your little girl…Awesome is the only word that comes to mind. Loved spending time with you both those years back and feel privileged that I was able to be there for your special days.

    Congratulations to you both on all you have achieved.

    Lord Bless

    Cal.

  2. Melissa and Jason, I heard your story for the first time today Aug 13 2017 on the CBC radio series “I love you”. Your ability to find the strength to succeed given the obstacles you each faced is a real inspiration. I haven’t read your book yet but I imagine one of the things that helped and continues to help each of you through the tough times is appreciating each other’s challenges. Bravo to you both.

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