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SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

Itty-Bitty GIant Steps for Blog


SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty Giant Steps will provide a venue for brain-injury survivors and caregivers to shout out their accomplishments of the week.

If you have an Itty-Bitty Giant Step and you would like to share it, just send an email to me at donnaodonnellfigurski@gmail.com.

If you are on Facebook, you can simply send a Private Message to me. It need only be a sentence or two. I’ll gather the accomplishments and post them with your name on my blog approximately once a week. (If you do not want your last name to be posted, please tell me in your email or Private Message.)

I hope we have millions of Itty-Bitty Giant Steps.


Here are this week’s Itty-Bitty Giant Steps.

Jodi Jizmejian (survivor)…This morning, I used my right hand without thinking about using it. I’m right-handed naturally, but this act was not planned. It seemed like “natural.” Mind you, I’m still experiencing numbness and heaviness in my right hand/arm, but I realized that I automatically started using my right hand to do something that I’ve been using my left hand to do. Oh, the silly, little things that excite me.

Carmen Gaarder Kumm (survivor)…Be proud of me. I didn’t call anyone, nor did I check the Internet until afterwards. I was making a salad, and I didn’t have sour cream. So, I substituted cottage cheese for it!!! Then I checked the Internet. Yep, I did it exactly right! Yay, me!

Sandra Williams (survivor)…I just finished my second round of speech therapy. Now I have coping strategies to help me keep my job. This confidence has allowed me to control flashbacks as I work. I can’t control the fatigue, but I do feel I have a much better shot at working from home. I will never be hired to work outside the home, so it is so important for me to keep this job. I feel like I have some hope.

YOU did it!

Congratulations to all contributors!

(Clip Art compliments of Bing.)

Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps" (2)

  1. Constance M. Standley-Espinoza said:

    I’ve survived 3 TBI’s. I couldn’t read and write for 23 years after my second in 1988. I never had any formal rehab due to insurance, or shall I say the lack of. God blessed me though throughout all of those years. Though left with seizures and other major difficulties which still remain to this day, I am ambulatory. I was blessed to be able to get the first Seizure Alert Dog Bill passed in the entire World in 2002 for God’s glory for the animals CANNOT be trained to Alert to the future and predict when a seizure is coming. I have been a professional animal trainer for 43+ years and Animal Behaviorist for as many years now and it is a proven fact they simply cannot be trained to predict the future. We as humans can train them to respond to a seizure once it has begun, but we cannot train them to predict their future coming. Only God can train the animals for that. I was blessed to have received the miracle of my reading and writing back 23 years later. Many have benefited from the Seizure Alert dogs across the world now. I have no regrets for the daily struggles which I still endure. God is on the front burner of my life where He belongs. I’ve seen so many miracles along my personal journey since 1988!


    • Constance Standley-Espinoza,

      Thank you for your thoughtful post. Seems you have been very instrumental in the Seizure Alert Dog Bill. Good for you. I’m curious on how, after 23 years, you regained your reading and writing skills.
      All best to you.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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