TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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Itty-Bitty GIant Steps for BlogSPEAK 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 neelyf@aol.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

Robyn Hietala Bilyeu (survivor)…My Itty-Bitty Giant Step: I had a brain tumor removed Man & Woman Sleeping in BedMarch 17, 2015. I have been sleeping in our recliner since then because sleeping flat has resulted in severe head-pressure. I know my brain is still recovering, but I just wanted to sleep next to my husband again. Last night, I tried our bed. I slept through the night and didn’t have an ounce of pain when I woke up.

Krysta Harris GraduationKrysta Harris‎ (survivor)…Tonight, I graduated! I didn’t let my accident stop me. I told my family that my TBI counts as my honorary honor-tassel (Haha). My diploma wasn’t given to me – I worked for it! I’m lucky to have graduated with my class. I’m proud to have been able to strut across the field, knowing that I was in a hospital bed almost two years ago. Resilience is a great thing.

Man Planting seeds 3524898345_a5a3327405Stephen Mayfield, Jr. (survivor)…Hey. I got my garden. I finally finished sowing seeds. Now, let’s see what pops up.

Shelly Travis Owens (caregiver)…My husband and I went to dinner tonight with some friends. It was our first social situation since his TBI – and it went well. The guy is a coworker, so my husband got to catch up on what he’sDinner with Friends food-and-drinks-restaurant-dining-055638 missing at work, job news, and gossip. He forgot a few names, etc., but no one made a big deal of it, and the conversation went right on. My husband filled them in on his injury and his progress in therapy. I’m very encouraged, and my husband is thrilled. Baby steps.

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Diane Rasch (survivor)…I am so excited! I made it through ballet class without any problems two weeks in a row. Tonight, I even twirled across the floor.

Al Stavole (survivor)…So, I started my Sunday feeling overwhelmed. I felt an anxiety attack cropping up. Someone from a Facebook forum rescued me. I was already in a conversation with the individual, and I decided to come clean and tell Man Looking in MIrror How-You-See-Yourselfhim that I was having an anxiety attack. He asked me what my trigger was. I briefed him. He gave me a few words of wisdom passed down to him. I looked in the mirror, made myself feel strong, and said to myself, “Dude, you got this” and “Anxiety, screw you!”
So, the outcome? Had a great Sunday. Thank you, whoever you are….

YOU did it!

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  1. Congrats to all! You are inspiring and sharing encouragement to others.

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