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  • Welcome to Realistic Hope

    Survivors, their families, caregivers and friends tell us that realistic hope provides a foundation for better quality of life. This site is intended to be a place to help all of us touched by brain injury to find that foundation.
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  • Five years ago ...

    I set out to understand the assumptions, habits and blind spots that are limiting the quality of life of brain injury survivors and their families. The process was to ask survivors and family members to share their stories of life with a brain injury, all in a consistent format.
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  • Share you did!

    Hundreds of their responses are on this site. Take the time to read a few. You will likely find each will provide some unique insight. The most noted insight is a consistent message: Have hope that is realistic; hope that your world can be better.
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  • What is Realistic Hope…

    “Realistic Hope: — based on dreams that are achievable—provides wonderful incentive for living. Those dreams make life an adventure. They offer a reason to start each day as if it were the beginning of the rest of your life. They infect dreamers with the passion to live for the enjoyment of today and give them a never-ending supply of options for starting over again tomorrow.” - Mark Palmer
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  • The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness

    In his book Jerome Groopman M.D. describes Realistic Hope as true hope. True hope, he says, "takes into account the real threats that exist and seeks to navigate the best path around them." Hope can flourish when you believe that your actions make a difference; that they can create "a future different from the present." To have hope is to "acquire a belief in your ability to have some control over your circumstances."
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Anatomy of a Brain Injury

Anatomy of a Brain Injury

INJURY SURGERY/COMA HOSPITAL REHAB HOME LIFE EVER AFTER: A CHOICE PATIENT Probably unaware ...

Realistic Hope Project - Synopsis

Realistic Hope Project - Synopsis

  Process This project was developed by Mark Palmer to validate his belief that the best source of an...

“Tell me about coming home:” - Survivors

“Tell me about coming home:” - Survivors

  Question number 8 of the survey: “Tell me about coming home:”   “My return home was glorious. My friends ...

“Tell me about coming home:” - Family

“Tell me about coming home:” - Family

  Family/Caregiver Responses   “In April 1986, we brought Ed home and he entered a German school for specia...

He Never Liked Cake

He Never Liked Cake

I was 14 years old, sitting in a hospital, waiting for my father’s fate to determine my family’s fate, when a ...

“Tell me about coming home:” - Friends

“Tell me about coming home:” - Friends

  Friends of Survivor Question number 8 of the survey: “Tell me about coming home:”     “He and his wife w...

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Survivors

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Survivors

  The following are sample responses to question number 10 - “Tell us about life today”   “Through hope and...

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Friends

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Friends

Friends   “They still struggle. This was only last summer. She is very tired. He meltdown a lot.  _________...

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Family

"Tell Us About Life Today" - Family

Family       “1 day at a time and the Good Lord to lead us.”    ___________________________________  ...

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