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Survivors of TBI , in 2nd Life

Born in 1951, a lifelong Martial Artist, and dog trainer, I was run over by a truck in Feb. of 2004. Every bone on the left side of my body was shattered, and I was thrust into a 5 1/2 week coma. I entered Second Life to try to use it as therapy. I grew in sl.(Note* once a resident of 2nd life, sl is the virtual world, while rl refers to real world. I run a group for Martial Artists(Harmonious Society of Peaceful Fist). I work with virtual dogs of every type..training them to perform. Most important of all was my dream, which has come true! I have started a center in sl, for Victims of traumatic brain injury, and friends, family, and supporters. Come to sl, and search under TBI. Here at the center we use virtual dogs for education, fun, and therapy. This group is called Survivors of TBI For information about this beautiful opportunity, go in world, and talk with Vitolo Rossini.    I have just come up with a remarkable theory. The reason for why sl levels the playing field a bit. We survivors of TBI talk together with each other. I realized that we are patient with sl “lag” and with sl‘s “crashing” because we are already used to “lagging” and “crashing” in rl. You would be surprised how similar this is to what we experience during overload….Cognitive Fatigue.  SL is excellent therapy. One can experience “virtually” anything, since all is possible in world. But…rl‘s complications are replaced by a separate set of complications, in sl (technical and learning computer jargon). If a TBI Survivor fails at an sl endeavor… failure begets failure. Success on the other hand begets success! It is our roles as TBI Survivors and as Supporters to mentor and guide other survivors to find areas of sl in which they can succeed, and then thrive in. Help others discover “thier sl”. Once a person finds “thier sl“, because it is thier niche, they will find joy, and thereby be successful. Success at efforts in sl builds self confidence. This self assuredness goes with us… It is carried over as a new inner strength in rl endeavors.   I would Love your feedback, or when “in world” look for me. Come see our center. It is located at Dogland Park in Rhoda. Visit the spacious beachside Dogland Dog Park below.  Ask also to see a demo of the Virtual Dogs. See you soon!

December 11, 2007 Posted by | Dogs, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Dogs, in Second Life, Virtual dogs | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments