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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Tony Hernandez-Frazione

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

 Brain Injury is NOT Discriminating!


It can happen to anyone, anytime, . . . and anywhere.

The Brain Trauma Foundation states that there are 5.3 million people in the United States living with some form of brain injury.

On “Faces of Brain Injury,” you will meet survivors living with brain injury. I hope that their stories will help you to understand the serious implications and complications of brain injury.

The stories on SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury are published with the permission of the survivor or designated caregiver.

If you would like your story to be published, please send a short account and two photos to me at neelyf@aol.com. I’d love to publish your story and raise awareness for Brain Injury.

Hernandez,-Frazione, Tony Survivor 070715Tony Hernandez-Frazione (survivor)

This is my six-month anniversary. Here’s a bit of my story. Six months ago, I started a new job. It was my first day – I put a starter on a Ford F350 to show the bossman I knew what I was doing. I finished up and left the house where I was at, made a right onto Beach Blvd. to get to South Side Blvd. It was an ordinary day like any other. Right before I got to South Side, a school bus pulled out right in front of me and changed my life and others’ lives forever. I collided with that bus, and a bigger part of me was killed in the process. Life as I knew it was changed forever. I know some of you don’t care and won’t read all this, but my message is this: Count every day and moment like it’s your last. Hernandez,-Fragione, Tony Survivor 070715Hug and kiss your children and loved ones every day, even if you’re upset at each other, because it could be your last. I thank God every day that I see my daughter, and I breathe again. I thank God too for the few true friends that were there and still are, when so many have left because of the “new” me. But, I don’t look at “me” any differently.

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Hernandez-Frazione" (4)

  1. Awesome, I can’t wait to follow your journey as you make me better understand, the highs and the lows of traumatic brain injury. Also the effects of how your loved ones deal with the “new” everyday you!


    • Cynthia, thank you so much for reading and for commenting on Tony’s story. I just love his attitude.

      Thanks, too, for helping to raise awareness of brain injury – one view at a time.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  2. I like your attitude & message Tony. Thank you for sharing!!


    • I agree, Mina, Tony’s message was so uplifting. I thank him for sharing and for helping to raise awareness of brain injury – one view at a time.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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