TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends


Michael J. Kline – Survivor



Donna O’Donnell Figurski


Kline, Michael Survivor

I am a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. On November 18th, 2011, I fell from a standing position. I had a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage, midline brain sheering, contusions, and a 3.5 cm skull fracture. I am happy and lucky to say that “I have made it.” I used many tools to help me focus on recovery, such as coin collecting, photography, metal detecting, and others. After eight months, I returned back to full-time duty as a firefighter. I also published a book, called “My Fall to Life,” that tells the story of my injury. My Fall to LifeMy injury resulted in 100% loss of taste and smell and other lingering effects. I don’t allow that to bring me down, and I am proud to say that, when all is said and done, my injury has helped me to become a better person by refocusing on life and never taking a day for granted. Recovery from brain injury has its challenges, but with motivation and a positive attitude, there is no path that I am afraid of.


To learn more about Michael J. Kline, please see his book, “My Fall To Life: Life After a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Thank you Michael J. Kline for sharing your story.


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . . Michael J. Kline – Survivor" (2)

  1. with motivation and positive attitude, there is no path that i am afraid of. i need to work on that. what a great line…what great advice….best of luck to you, sir! thank you for showcasing our stories, Donna.


    • gm1123,

      Thank you so much for your response on Michael J. Kline’s “Faces of Brain Injury.”

      I love to showcase the stories and lives of survivors and caregivers. I think we all can offer each other hope and inspiration. You are so welcome.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski

      Liked by 1 person

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