So let me ask you this- What is your story?
So often we get through the hustle and bustle of everyday life without much meaningful human interaction. We don’t connect with anyone. Everything is so automated that we don’t really have to!
The result? We become isolated. We keep everything inside. We become tired, stressed, anxious, fed up, frustrated, judgemental and unhappy. The problem is that we need human interaction. We need human connection. It helps us to cope, heal and thrive. It helps us to understand ourselves and understand others.
This is why I want to encourage you to share your story. Acknowledge it, own it, and then you can write the next chapter. Don’t sit around and wait to see how your story plays out- write it yourself!
My name is Melissa Jirovec, and I am a Pro-Storytelling Coach and Author with a background in Nursing.
I’ll tell you a little bit about me. I am a wife and a full-time caregiver to my husband, who is a traumatic brain injury survivor. After his accident in 2014, our lives changed forever. His recovery has been slow and difficult, but since then, we’ve both embarked on an incredible journey. We discovered the importance of living in the present, because one minute your life might be heading in a specific direction, then BAM! You’re headed onto a different path.
Sometimes you might feel like no one understands the challenges you face or how you feel. But how could they? How could anyone possibly understand you if you don’t share your story with them?
I want you to know that you are not alone, despite how alienated you might feel. I am with you in this. If you are ready to start your journey towards a healthier, happier life, then I can’t wait to connect with you.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at” – Steven Hawking
Melissa Jirovec started her career as a registered nurse, working in hospitals in Northern Ontario. When her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury from an ATV accident, she became a full-time caregiver and moved around the province of Ontario for his care. Feeling it was time for a change of direction, Melissa took the certified coach practitioner and master coach practitioner courses offered by the Certified Coaches Federation, with the goal of helping people share their story and create the bright futures they deserve.
Melissa feels that the littlest things can have a big impact, and has always strived to go the extra mile for her patients/clients. Her passion is to help others really live their lives to the fullest.
In March 2016, Melissa self-published her autobiography titled: Getting Out of the Rut.
In November 2017 Melissa self-published a children’s book to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those with a brain injury. The book title is: My Daddy’s Brain. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Ontario Brain Injury Association.
On September 5th 2016, Melissa and her husband welcomed their first child, Emma Jirovec, into the world. They have since been completely under her spell, and are preparing for their newest bundle of joy due May 2018.
Melissa continues to write and seek new educational opportunities. She does public speaking events in her community with her husband to raise awareness of brain injury, discuss caregiving, and promote inclusivity.