Archive for November, 2013

Thankful

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

What are you thankful for?

Each year, we start off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, the day we join our friends and family and remember all of the things we are thankful for. We at MADD Nebraska, are thankful for so much. We are thankful for the people who open themselves up and share with us the most difficult time in their lives. The victims of impaired driving are the heart of MADD and we are thankful they turn to us for help.  We are thankful for our volunteers. People driven to make a difference. They all come to us in different ways, but each and every one has the passion to change the world. It is their time, talents and drive that create change and help us create the foundation for a safer state.  We are thankful for our partners, Law Enforcement, Probation and all of those who are part of the team working day and night to keep Nebraska safe from drunk driving. Their lives are on the line so we can rest easy at night and we thank them and their families for the sacrifices they make for all of us.

So, what are you thankful for? The person that held your hand when you needed support, the officer who helped keep you safe, your family who is always there for you. As we celebrate the holiday season, remember to tell those you are thankful for just how much they mean in your life. We too often get caught up in the business of rushing here to there and forget how far a simple thank you can go.

As for us here at MADD Nebraska, today, we are thankful for you.

The Impact of an Injury

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

After the crash, there’s the impact. Those words are so true for families who have have loved ones killed in drunk driving crashes. they are just as true for those who are injured or have had a loved one injured. We so often forget that drunk driving doesn’t just kill, it bruises and breaks, cuts and tears and leaves scars behind that will never heal.

The injured crash victims are often the forgotten crash victims. Last year in Nebraska there were over 1,200 people injured in alcohol-related crashes. Those lives were all forever changed in an instant. And just because injuries heal, doesn’t mean that the impact of the crash ever does. Injured victims face a whole new world after a drunk driving crash. Maybe it is the injury that keeps them from being able to do something they love to do. Or a walker or wheelchair that makes their mobility different than it was before the crash. Maybe they suffered a brain injury, that leaves them having to re-learn things they had always been able to do. Sometimes, the new world they face isn’t mental or physical, but emotional. The memories of the crash that injured them can be haunting, they become part of their new life. Too many times there is a physical reminder of the crash that triggers the emotional trauma.

It is so important to remember that injured victims of drunk driving crashes need support and comfort, just as those who have lost family members do. They are suffering a loss of a different sort, the loss of the life they knew and the need to find their new future after the impact.