BrainLine Military

A Service of

Turn off text only

Page Utilities


Three Words That Motivated Me to Continue On

Three Words That Motivated Me to Continue On

Click on any phrase to play the video at that point.
There are three words that I hung onto that helped me to progress--you know--and just move forward in anything in my life, and that was perseverance, persistence, and tenacity. I never gave up. I knew it was harder. Things were more difficult. It would take more time. It would be longer. It would be harder. Everything. But I never gave up. If I had my eyes set on something and it's what I wanted, I wouldn't stop until I got it. And that's important because there's going to be so many obstacles. There's going to be so many things. You know, it's not going to be easy. It's not going to be same. It's not--you know--things are going to be different, but it doesn't mean that you can't achieve and you can't move forward. You just gotta stay in there, keep going, and just stick with it and continue to push yourself.

show transcriptShow transcript | Print transcript

"I never gave up. I knew it was harder. Things were more difficult. It would take more time. But I never gave up." Kelli Gary talks about the three words that helped her working through her TBI.

See more videos with Dr. Kelli Gary.



Produced by Vicky Youcha and Brian King, BrainLine.

Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/LKelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH, OTR/L is an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in 1991.

The contents of BrainLine Military (the “Web Site”), such as text, graphics, images, information obtained from the Web Site’s licensors and/or consultants, and other material contained on the Web Site (collectively, the “Content”) are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for medical, legal, or other professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Specifically, with regards to medical issues, always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Web Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. The Web Site does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Web Site. Reliance on any information provided by the Web Site or by employees, volunteers or contractors or others associated with the Web Site and/or other visitors to the Web Site is solely at your own risk.


There are currently no comments for this article


BrainLine Footer

Javascript is disabled. Please be aware that some parts of the site may not function as expected!