TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

YOU ARE INVITED!

 

putthis_on_calendar_clip_artWhen Donna’s spouse, David, did one chin-up too many, he had a brain injury (BI), and Donna became a caregiver. David had three brain surgeries within two weeks. Donna signed on the dotted line for each of them – probably the hardest thing she has ever done in her life. Donna will share her story, “Prisoner Without Bars: A Caregiver’s Story” about David’s unexpected recovery and how she and David are making this “new normal” work for them. She will also share tips and offer David Figurski 2004 Pre-Brain Injurysuggestions from what she learned along the way.

It’s been a long, bumpy road for both David and Donna, but they travel that road together.

Come One! Come ALL!

Donna and David Post-Brain Injury  2010

Post-Brain Injury 2010

 

What:        Donna will share her experiences with caregiving and will offer tips based on what worked for her. Donna  will also share snippets of her book, “Prisoners Without Bars: A Caregiver’s Memoir,” which is searching for a publisher.

Why:        Hopefully, Donna’s experiences with caregiving will help others who might find themselves in this position

When:       Monday, April 6, 2015

Time:         1:00 to 2:30pm

Where:      Desert Palms Presbyterian Church
13459 W. Stardust Boulevard
Sun City West, Arizona 85375-2548

(Clip Art compliments of Bing.)

(Photos compliments of Donna)

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Comments on: "Speaking Engagement . . . . . . . “Prisoner Without Bars . . . . . . . . . . . A Caregiver’s Story”" (2)

  1. Wish I could be there. We live in West Virginia. I understand very well how difficult it is being a caregiver and trying to advocate for your loved one when so many people don’t understand brain injuries. My son received blunt force trauma and he did not get surgery, only progesterone injections after his loss of consciousness from being beaten by 3 cadre at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He had subdural hematoma, 3 brain bleeds, subarachnoid bleed. Because WV has not passed TBI laws for the injured, he was denied Workers Compensation. Without insurance when his brain swelled and the pressure was not released, it caused residual cognitive deficits and left him with diminished capacity. He lives in chronic pain and on SSD. We faced such a betrayal from the corrupt Workers Compensation program here. I am grateful for your strength and encouragement. I pray daily that my son’s life will be better and he won’t have to live in poverty. He had a 4 year college degree before the blunt force trauma. He can’t add or subtract now. Everyone’s brain injury is different. His severe TBI was a closed head injury from multiple, direct hits at moderate force by 3 cadre in matted suits. This is called multi-assailant training, but it should be called hazing. It was the last hurdle before academy graduation.

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