TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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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 Step


David Figurski, PhD – Brain Injury Survivor

David Figurski (survivor) … Because my speech has been affected by partly paralyzed vocal chords and tongue, I was worried that my comments at my father’s funeral Mass would not be understood. On top of that, I was beginning to lose my voice from speaking with so many people the day before at the funeral parlor. But, with Donna’s support as she balanced me, I walked to the podium, and I gave my comments. For ten minutes, I gave them – careful to speak slowly and enunciate every sound.


David Figurski at Podium

Several people came up to me afterward and said that they had no problem understanding me. It’s something I had wanted to do to honor my 95-year-old father. I was happy and proud that I did.


Hank Figurski 1921 – 2017


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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps" (10)

  1. Valmai Mucklow said:

    You made your father proud! You’re an encouragement to us! Congratulations & well done!


  2. lee staniland said:

    ATTA BOY DAVID!!!!!!


  3. Way to go David!! He would be so proud of you, your tribute, and your accomplisments. I know it was not easy. I did the same for my Dad in 2015. I am so sorry, but it will get easier.


    • Charlie, I’m sorry about your Dad. Yes, time does heal – so they say. David’s father lived a good life to 95 years. He was loved and he loved.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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  4. I am beaming for him. So glad he got to honor his father. Be proud!


    • gm1123, David really was so worried about giving the talk. BUT, he did it and it was wonderful. I’m proud of him too. Thanks for your thoughts.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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  5. David, I am extremely proud of you. Each step you take, word you speak, pedal you push, and blog you edit is a step toward your recovery. When you look back – when we look back, we get to see our progress. I am touched by your courage, your effort to enunciate, during such an emotional time. I understand how challenging that can be from my experience, and your journey has been much more challenging my friend. Celebrate your milestones my dear friend


    • Cat, sweet girl, it was so nice to read your comments here. David will love them. You KNOW the road you each travel is not an easy one, but you both do it with grace.


      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


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