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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Ina M. Dutkiewicz (survivor)

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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.

Ina M. Dutkiewicz (survivor)

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Ina M. Dutkiewicz- Brain Injury Survivor

I had a near-fatal car accident on my way to work on February 3, 2010. I was immediately put into a coma from the violent crash, and I stayed in that coma for over four weeks. My pelvis was broken on both sides from my seat belt. When I woke up, I was classified as “not weight bearing” (wheelchair-bound). I slowly moved to a walker, and then to a cane. Now I can navigate without the cane if the weather is nice and not snowy or icy. I had to learn to walk again (I still have gait problems), as well as relearn to swallow and eat. (They started me out with ice cream! 🙂 ) I also had to do disability driving lessons before I could drive again.

It has been a long, scary road these past seven years. I was not willing to give up on myself, and I gave my all and then some to my recovery. I am hoping to someday return to work part-time.

Thank you Ina M. Dutkiewicz for sharing your story.

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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury . . . . . . . . Ina M. Dutkiewicz (survivor)" (2)

  1. My name is kellee fergus, i was 43 years old and i got in a car accidents and i have a permanent brain injury, i broke my neck, 4 bones in my spine, i was in a coma from December 2009 to January 2009, and i had a stroke, and seizure, i was in a wheelchair for 3 months, i didn’t know how to walk,or talk,or eat, i had a tube in my stomach and in my nose, and down in my mouth, my husband left me because of the brain injury, we are not different we are still the same person on the inside and outside, God gave us strength and made us stronger to enjoy life again, and enjoy our kids,family, i don’t have any friends because of the brain injury, but it’s cool with me, if they were our friends before we got the brain injury, why can’t they still be our friends, my friend is God, thank you so much kellee fergus

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    • Hi Kellee Fergus, thanks for sharing your post here. If you would like me to write this up as a “Faces of Brain Injury,” please contact me at neelyf@aol.com

      I wish you much luck in healing.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski
      survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com
      donnaodonnellfigurski.com

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