TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Lisa Wickenden (survivor)



Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Brain Injury is NOT Discriminating!

bigstock-cartoon-face-vector-people-25671746-e1348136261718It 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.


Lisa Wickenden (survivor)

Lisa Wickenden

Lisa Wickenden – Brain Injury Survivor

Three years ago, my life changed forever. I now have some challenges that no one can see, but I am reminded of them every day. Three years ago, I had my accident. I will forever have a TBI (traumatic brain injury). You cannot tell I have one by looking at me. Three years ago, relationships changed between friends and me. Some friends stuck around and are still a very, very big part of my life. Some friends faded away. gg66084897Three years ago, I had to start loving a new me. It’s still a struggle. But with all the support I have from family and friends, I know it’s possible.


Thank you Lisa Wickenden for sharing your story.


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . . Lisa Wickenden, Survivor" (4)

  1. Brad Hasloecher said:

    I don’t think we’ve met. I come to New Beginnings on Wednesdays and Thursdays with my friend Tommy. I like your style, and I should’ve been technically dead or TBI several times by now. I know from personal experience. I fractured c-4 about thirty years ago body surfing in Florida, and wiped out on my motorsicle about a half dozen times. I was paralyzed from the neck down for a couple days after the ocean incident. Jesus kept me alive. And hey, check this out… I didn’t even know Him then. But He did it anyway.


  2. It’s a tough battle, but with the loving support of family, I’m sure you’re well- protected to learn to love the new you.
    I’m in the same fortunate position. I also found that some friends faded out of my life, but I’ve made new ones. All the best in your fight Lisa! 💚


    • Hi jokeithelin,

      Thanks for your encouraging words for Lisa. I am sure she will appreciate them too. Good luck in your recovery.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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