TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Nicole Wall

(family member of brain-injury survivors)

presented by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

 Brain Injury is NOT Discriminating!

bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718My name is Nicole Wall. I am a 25-year-old resident of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Brain injury has significantly affected my life four times. My journey with brain injury began in 1999. My grandma had a stroke and spent the next six years in a rehabilitation facility. She then passed away from a brain-bleed in the summer of 2006. My grandma was the first family member I had lost, and it impacted me quite a bit. In December 2002, I was singing Christmas carols in my school’s gym and got pulled into the office by the principal, who said my dad was on the phone. I thought that was odd. My dad had never called me at school before. He told me that my mom had been taken to the hospital and that my cousin was coming to pick us up. He said he loved us, and then he hung up. My brother and I found out late that night that my mom had had a brain aneurysm rupture and required emergency Nicole Wall Family Memeber of Survivors 061315brain surgery. My mom spent the next year in the ICU (intensive care unit), the hospital, and then Wascana Rehab Centre before she came home. It is eleven years later, and my mom still attends weekly support-group meetings and has never driven again or gone back to work.

My entire family changed that day. We still continue to deal with my mom’s injury every day. Brain injuries are life-long. In 2007, I had just graduated grade 12 and had a scholarship, and the most-unfair thing that has ever happened to me – happened. My high-school sweetheart was severely injured in highway auto collision. He ended up unconscious in the ICU with a brain injury. He died eight days later as a result of the injuries he incurred in the accident. My family and I were finally starting to settle and move forward, and then in 2010, like déjà vu, we got a call about my dad. He had been found dazed and barely conscious outside Regina and was being driven to the hospital. My family rushed to be with him. My dad needed a special type of brain surgery – coiling. He had to be transported by air-ambulance to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for surgery. My dad spent several weeks in Saskatoon and more weeks in a Regina Hospital recovering before he went home. Long-term my dad has been able to return to work almost full-time, and he has gone on to compete in mountain-bike races and championships.

Nicole Wall Family Member of Survivor 061315

Nicole’s Family 2011

Throughout the last sixteen years, brain injury has taken many things from me – my mom’s ability to be the same mom she was before (she stopped driving and she was not as involved with my activities as she had been), my high-school sweetheart, and my naiveté. I realize my dad’s daily struggles are much more than mine. I have become somewhat of a realist. However, brain injury has also given me many things, especially a unique perspective on life. I realize nothing is permanent – no matter how many plans we may make. Through my encounters with brain injury, I have learnt to be independent, considerate, and selfless. I’ve always put my family and others first. I now work at a child-development center and sit on the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association. I encourage everyone to get involved in supporting brain-injury awareness and prevention (www.sbia.ca – check out events like the “Brain Boogie” in Saskatchewan).

Nicole Wall 2 Family Member of Survivor 061315“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”

Margaret Mead

Disclaimer: Any views and opinions of the Contributor are purely his/her own.

(Clip Art compliments of Bing.)

(Photos compliments of contributor.)

As I say after each post: Please leave a comment by clicking the blue words “Leave a Commentanim0014-1_e0-1 below this post.

Feel free to follow my blog. Click on “Follow” on the upper right sidebar.

If you like my blog, share it with your friends. It’s easy! Click the “Share” buttons below.

If you don’t like my blog, “Share” it with your enemies. I don’t care!

Feel free to “Like” my post

Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Nicole Wall" (4)

  1. Very nice. I’m sorry that you’ve been impacted multiple times by brain injuries of other people. I hope that you are able to keep giving voice to those who struggle with the things that happen after a brain injury. I am sorry that your grandmother passed away.


    • Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, Marty. I am sure that Nicole will appreciate your sentiments.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  2. thanks for posting my article! it is a great opportunity! 🙂


    • You are so welcome, Nicole. It was a pleasure to do so. Thank you so much for sharing and helping to raise awareness of Brain Injury – one view at a time.
      You are more than welcome to do the Survivors SPEAK OUT! interview, if you’d like.

      All best,

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tag Cloud

Welcome to Harmony Kent Online

The home of all things books

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author


Help One Person Excel - To Be Independent

  WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

Become a published children's book author via books, ebooks and apps.

For the Love of Books, Old and New

Katie Fischer, Writer and Reader of Stories

Charlie Bown

Children's Author

Jessica Hinrichs

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anais Nin

VIVIAN KIRKFIELD - Writer for Children

Picture Books Help Kids Soar

Mindy’s Writing Wonderland

For authors, parents, teachers & everyone who loves children’s books.

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez

Literary Agent

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI - Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Claire Stibbe

Thriller Author and Blogger

The Care Factor

Loving someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Support Group of Duluth-Extension

Brain Injury Information and SUPPORT

Brain Aneurysm Global Insight

Brain Aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhaging, hemorrhage stroke

%d bloggers like this: