A friend of mine launched a website today, and I am just so proud of her. It's not your typical website that's a promotion of self, like so many are (like mine). This one is for the sole purpose of encouraging others like her: those whose spouses have suffered traumatic brain injury.
Brain Injury Spouses was created by Melanie Vadzemnieks to provide a support network for spouses who are hurting—those who have essentially lost the husband or wife they've cherished without the closure of widowhood (or widowerhood) to allow them to grieve and move on. They've lost their sweethearts through no fault of their own—through no choice of their own, in fact—in a split-second of time.
Anyone who knew Melanie and her husband, David, prior to his accident could see that their marriage was a happy and healthy one, full of love, laughter, and playfulness. I'm near tears even now as I think back to just a little over two years ago: hearing about David's accident, seeing news reports online, and reading Melanie's daily updates on Facebook as we all prayed while he fought for life. Even during her darkest times, she would find things to smile about, like months later when David was finally able to speak; he didn't always remember her, and he'd tell her about his wonderful wife who was always so nice to him when she visited.
Melanie's website is a reflection of her: honest (sometimes heartbreakingly so), helpful, and full of hope for those who have none. Please visit it here to read her story and to share it with others who may benefit from her encouragement.