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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Jessica Taylor

presented by

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.

Jessica Taylor (survivor)

One day in 1969, I was out on business for my Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Toronto, Canada, and I fell headfirst down an unlit flight of stairs. My head hit against a steel-plated door at the bottom. It caused me to become severely concussed, and I was put into a semi-comatose state. I also had a hemorrhage behind my right 581530_373670692710673_622315000_neye and a contusion of my back. My life hung on a thread. Later when I woke up, I did not recognize my husband or my two very young daughters. My personality change distanced me from everyone I previously knew.

Determined to survive, however, I activated my neurons by writing down sentences, as well as short poems, and memorizing them. I also made a journal of everyday events, as my recent recall was totally shot. I began to study various subjects by going to a research room at a library. The subjects Science and The Supernatural fascinated me, so I studied the works of many writers. I read writings of the Greek writers Plato and Aristotle. I also read Galileo, Einstein, and many others. Subsequently, I found myself to be on a different vibration. I now believe that intensive study activates the dormant neurons of brain-injured survivors so that these neurons then take over for the dead or injured ones. The studying, however, may need to be of a long duration for some survivors.

I have since written my life-story, which is entitled “From Tragedy to Triumph: Journey Back From the Edge.” 456164_373685366042539_2053049192_o(The information is on my website.) I have given talks at brain-injury conferences and at social gatherings in Ireland, UK, Canada, and the US. Also, I have been on many radio shows. Recently, I completed a manuscript based on my years of research. I have been told by many readers that, when it is published, the manuscript will go to universities as a teaching book about the science of religion and the supernatural.

I would like brain-injured survivors to know of my achievements, so that they can have hope and encouragement and think positive. It was, after all, positive thinking that got me to where I am today.

Jessica E. Taylor, author and activist

To learn more about Jessica Taylor, click the following links.

Jessica Taylor Website

Jessica Taylor Facebook

Jessica Taylor Twitter

Jessica Taylor LinkedIn

Jessica’s interview with George Lewis on his show, “Spiritual But Not Religious Show

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . Jessica Taylor" (2)

  1. Judith Hendricks said:



    • Judith,

      Thanks so much for reading my blog and commenting on my piece about Jessica. I have published so many so many inspirational stories. There are a lot of interesting topics here, too. I hope you will take the time to look around and come back often.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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