SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
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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 March 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 (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.
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’s 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.
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 him 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!
Congratulations to all contributors!
(Clip Art compliments of Bing.
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