TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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


Michelle Lawson (survivor)…I just found out that I now have enough credits to substitute-teach. Woo Hoo! (I am so done with cafeteria work! Only two more days left.)

grad_6_28Hayley Nichols (survivor)…Hello! I wanted to let you know that I graduated this semester. After having my traumatic brain injury occur in November, I returned to school for my final semester. I had to finish my fall and spring classes at the same time. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Chemistry. I want you to know that a Facebook support-group helped me stay focused on my goals. I’m so happy to be done!

Cindy McFaden Samartino (caregiver)…I love the happiness when my salad_fullhusband is pleased with something he made in the kitchen. His TBI stole both his careers: chef and Marine. Tonight he created a veggie bean salad from his imagination. I just heard him hum to himself.

thTimothy Vanderhoef (survivor)…I had a great weekend. I fished most of the time, and I wasn’t around others much. I didn’t have to fake anything that way.

YOU did it!

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

  1. i know it isnt often that you get a comment from canada ( the GREAT) white north so heres one. I love hearing of peoples accomplishments that they have made post abi/tbi. it encourages myself n others to know that there is life after a brain injury. I recently went back to school and got a chef certificate. b4 my abi i was a member oof the armed forces but was given a medical discharge 😦 they didnt even asses me just heard brain injury n dumped me overboard like a old boot. GRRRR


    • Jeff, first let me welcome my neighbor from the north. I do appreciate your commenting.

      I am so happy that you enjoy reading the Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps by other BI survivors and even more so for telling me. I hope that it is helpful for others to know that they are not alone on this long and arduous journey.

      I think it is wonderful that you got a chef certificate. What a great accomplishment! I’d be happy to include it in the next edition of ibGs. If you want me to, just let me know and include your last name. I’m sorry about the armed services discharging you without just cause. I hope your new life works out for you.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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