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Archive for June 24, 2016

SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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 is this week’s Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps


Deb Angus Trike

Deb Angus – brain injury survivor

Deb Angus (survivor)…Well, look at what I’ve just done. I bought me a trike! And, I even assembled it. I’m hoping to take it out on its first ride tomorrow – it’s too late now. (I’ve been at it from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, including a jaunt to Canadian Tire to buy nuts and bolts for the front fender. Aaahhhh, quite the accomplishment! And, the best thing is that this is a folding trike. So, I’m hoping I’ll be able to store it and also transport it in my hatchback with no problem.
First ride

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Deb Angus – brain injury survivor

It was fantastic! I love my trike. I love being out on the trails again. I love the wind blowing through my helmet, hearing the birdies along the way, and stopping to photograph scenery and flowers. It was a great success all in all. I’m sure my legs will be killing me in the morning. It’s a good thing I have a hot stone massage booked soon. Here are the pics to show my efforts.



Michelle Markey

Michelle Markey – brain injury survivor

Michelle Markey (survivor)…Michelle says that she is trying to beautify her apartment with her creations. She crocheted this purple doily with crochet cotton, size 10.
Purple Doiley
Michelle says that she is so pleased that she finally finished a project. It took a long time, but it was worth it.



gofightygoldLee Staniland (survivor)…I fought like a bull to get my husband to see the surgeon for the nerves being pressed in his back. The office wanted us to see the surgeon on July 6. I fought until I got it scheduled for last week. It was with the surgeon’s partner, but it is done. I finally did it!



James Stroehlein (survivor)…I began driving again two years after my car accident and TBI. It’s been fourteen years, but I only drive in my small town. It still makes me nervous. But I do it!


(Clip art compliments of Bing.)

(Photos compliments of contributors.)


YOU did it!

Congratulations to contributors!

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A retrospective documentary of my most inner thoughts: A success in the making

Karen DeBonis

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Surviving TBI

Learning how to survive with spouse's TBI

BQB Publishing

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