What is Lifegeta?
Lifegeta is a support network for all types’ people with life changing acquired conditions & diagnosis and their family, carers & friends.
We look at the emotional effects of finding yourself in a body that doesn’t do what it used to do because of a life changing condition or disability (like brain injury or stroke) or diagnosis (like MS or fibromyalgia and depression).
We’re told that physical exercise is good for your mental and emotional health, but what if your body can’t exercise!
At Lifegeta we believe that talking, discussion, self development groups and workshops can make a difference in getting 'YOU' back on track.
We have monthly meetings and are on Facebook & Twitter
I truly believe that YOU have to be emotionally ready before you can be expected to 'fight' for your rights (like benefits etc.)
The motive behind starting a ‘Disability and how to survive it’ type group, is that for years after my stroke I struggled to 'adapt' to my new life as a disabled' person (inside 'I' was screaming 'I'm Sue! I'm still in here', but on the outside I felt like people only seemed to see a person, or should I say a 'symptom in a wheelchair'. That's one of the main reasons I decided to retrain as a counsellor, coach, trainer, it helped me and if I can enable people to get past the plateau/ depression that may come after sudden disability then it's all been worthwhile. ~ Sue Ross (Lifegeta Founder)
Some of the issue that we look at are:
Anxiety, Panic & Fear of trying because of the fear of failure fear of finding yourself in a body that feels alien to you: the fear connected with the belief that ‘you can’t do what you used to’, the fear of not feeling in control of your own future, feeling that you’ve had to hand over your life to others because you can no longer physically do things. The fear of going out because of being in crowds and the fear of falling. The fear of it happening again. Toileting (one of mine, I remember thinking “26 and I can’t even hold my own bladder!”… The list is endless in a way, but it depends on the group dynamics to account their fears. Face the fear and do it anyway!
Self Esteem – this is an area that seems to get wiped out when you suddenly find yourself ‘un-able’. Self-doubt is a big factor in believing what ‘you do’ is important to your mental state and therefore your recovery.
Self Confidence – being outwardly confident in your abilities and your belief that you can make a difference.
Self-esteem is internal feelings, and self-confidence is the outward expression of those feelings. For instance, you may know that you are really smart. Internally, you process this fact and gain self-esteem in the area of knowledge
Understanding what’s going on, and challenging stereotypes ‘why am I like this?’ – With the help of two outside speakers in Brain Injury and Mental health.
“I believe that knowledge and self-development is a key factor in being able to move forward” ~ Sue