TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

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 lastname 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

georgeanna-bell-survivor-091016GeorgeAnna Bell (survivor) … For the first time, I took a shower sanding up! Normally, I use a shower-chair because of dizziness, but I was fine standing. I was supposed to get a Disability Room. I guess what I had was one to some degree. gg57881072I was looking forward to a walk-in shower, so I could place my walker into the shower and use it as a chair, but my room had a tub. I was extremely cautious, but I did it! I am so happy!


cat-brubaker-survivor-090916Cat Brubaker (survivor) … Today I used the oven – TWICE – all by myself! And I didn’t burn anything down. I got a little “fancy” (I added my own thing). I kept the timer with me at ALL TIMES.


crustless, veggie butternut quicheTIMES.






sallie-stewartSallie Stewart (survivor) … Big win in life for me! (It may sound small and trivial to many.) I have said it before – I have this swallowing challenge. Nerve damage is some of it; synching of the epiglottis and trachea is also a problem. Then there is this crushed-disk issue with my jaw. Orthodontic braces were put on two years ago in hopes that things might change. They did. There are still challenges, but today was a great day! I ate ALL of my Eggs Benedict, ALL of my lunch, and ALL of my dinner. thAnd several snacks in between. I can chew – on BOTH sides of my jaw. It’s a giant win in life for me! I feel strong. It’s been a true challenge to try to find the majority of my nutrition in a blender. It was so nice to really be able to chow-down food. These braces come off soon. And for that, I am happy. But I’m not nearly as grateful for that as I am for being able to chew pain-free. My heart is full! A strong full!


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps" (4)

  1. lee staniland said:



    • Lee, and what a team we are!!!!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It means a lot to me and to my contributors.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  2. CHARLES W ROSS Jr said:

    All steps are slow, but they are also gigantic. Some of the littlest things we once took for granted have been swept away in the blink of an eye. Whether it is holding a fork feeding yourself, a pencil writing a note, talking, or eating, it does not matter. But you did it, so feel proud.


    • I so agree, Charles. The littlest improvement for a survivor of brain injury can be HUGE! We NEED tpo celebrate them all.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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