TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends

Caregivers  SPEAK OUT!  Lori Strauss Heckman

(caregiver for her son, Bartholomew Wayne Nathaniel),

presented by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

lori-strauss-heckman-caregiver-012017Three years ago, our lives were turned upside down when my then 21-year-old son had his accident. It has been a long road with many hurdles to overcome, but I am so proud of him. He is my hero and my greatest blessing. And, proof to never give up. We were told that he would probably not make it that night. We were also informed that, if he did, he would not have any quality of life. But, he proved everyone wrong! Many prayers were prayed and many tears were shed, and my son is still with us – and doing very well. The first and second photos are of my son after the accident; the third is him wearing a helmet in recovery; and the fourth photo is of him with his car. (Yes, my son is driving, and his seizures are under control.)

Meet Bartholomew Wayne Nathaniel

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(Disclaimer: The views or opinions in this post are solely that of the interviewee.)

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Comments on: "Caregivers SPEAK OUT! . . . . . Lori Strauss Heckman" (4)

  1. Ina M Dutkiewicz said:

    Continuous applause for you, sweet mom, Lori, who never gave up on her son, stood by his side during his long road of recovery. He needs you! Another round of applause for Bartholomew who has withstood the most terrifying, cruel type of accident that we, as survivors, need to crawl back to life from. Keep going Bart. Baby steps, they hard to notice, but they make a difference!

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    • Ina M. Dutkiewicz,

      I am sure that both Lori and Bartholomew will appreciate your most sincere words. They are sent from someone who KNOWS!

      I appreciate your words, too.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski
      survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com
      donnaodonnellfigurski.com

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  2. lee staniland said:

    WE ARE VERY STRONG PEOPLE OR ELSE WE WOULD HAVE DIED! Mine is 38 years ago and i went thru all the stages very quickly. Praise the Lord. I think the thing that gives us the MOST independence is being able to drive. I’m so happy for your son. My family was also told the same thing about dying or being a vegetable. Good luck an your NEW lives ❤

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