TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

presented by

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

drivers-license-621806Cory Edmondson (survivor)…Two years ago, I was told that I would never drive again. That didn’t sit too well with me. My mom told me I could accept it or I could continue to work hard and, one more time, prove somebody wrong. I am now one excited dude – I got my license back! Never give up. Always believe in yourself.

washdishesclipsahoyCory Edmondson (survivor)…I’m pretty proud of myself right now. I stood at the sink, washed and wiped the supper dishes, and put away 98% of them. I walked around the kitchen with just one hand on the cupboard. This was a BIG accomplishment for this fella. Never give up! 🙂

Jo Emery & DaughterJo Emery (caregiver)…This week in Australia, it is Brain Injury Awareness Week. For donations, we have BangOnABeanie and BangOnABarbie (“Barbie”=BBQ). I am so very proud of my beautiful twelve-year-old, who organised the BangOns with her local girl-guide unit. She talked about why they were doing them and a little bit about her dad. She also played a memory game with them. She raised about $30, which was really great. I’m a very proud mummy!

Minion Puzzle for Kyle F.Kyle F. (survivor)…This puzzle took me ALL day. It may seem rather easy, with its being only forty-eight pieces and all, but I get distracted extremely easily – a heck of a lot more easily than before my TBI. So…score one for me. Also, this puzzle is as cute as heck with all the minions.

blood_donors_1Kristina Hopkins (caregiver)…I’m about ready to donate blood again. I feel so honored to be able to do this every eight weeks. I’m a universal donor with my O-negative blood type, and it’s a blessing to be able to help so many. I challenge you all to donate if you can and are able.

YOU did it!

Congratulations to all contributors!

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(Photos compliments of contributor.)

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps" (4)

  1. Two years ago, I was struck by an incoming train. Two years ago I was diagnosed with a tbi. For a long time after my accident my mom and dad told me I might never be able to go to college or drive. While I still can’t drive I was able to receive a grant for my writing allowing me to go to college, my class officially starts next Tuesday. I am only doing one or two classes for now at a time, but I am confident I am prepared. I will be going to college both as an arm amputee and tbi survivor.


  2. I was struck my an oncoming train two years ago, and was diagnosed with a TBI. Two or three years ago, I was thinking of getting a job and going to college. After my accident I could no longer do the Navy, and college was out of the question. Today, however, I am happy to tell you all that I won a grant for my writing, and my parents are letting me take a college English class and if I do well then we can talk more college. I’m excited maybe not about all the schoolwork I’ll have to do, but because after two years I get to see what college is like.


    • That is wonderful! I’m interested to know what kind of writing you like to do. Good luck in your college course.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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