TBI – Survivors, Caregivers, Family, and Friends



Bio: I wasn't a TBI-Survivor spouse - until I was. In January 2005 my husband, David, and I began a new journey. We weren't prepared. No colorful brochures of exotic places cluttered our tables. No flight or cruise reservations made. No suitcases packed. But when TBI came knocking, we answered. We had no choice. It's a long and arduous journey. When TBI moved in, it was an unwanted stranger that I knew nothing about it. I was lost. I searched for books to guide me, but they were few. After living with David's TBI for more than thirteen years, I've learned a lot about this unwelcome guest. I wrote a book, "Prisoner Without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale," which chronicles David's and my journey on the TBI roller coaster. "Prisoner Without Bars," written with emotional honesty, is not only a story of David’s struggle, but it is also a love story that offers hope and inspiration. Though it addresses a dire topic, it is peppered with comedic situations. Prisoner without Bars: A Caregiver's Tale will release on November 1, 2018. I am eager for you to read our story. You can pre-oder the book at Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Prisoners-Without-Bars-Caregivers-Tale/dp/1608082059/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=) Barnes & Noble (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prisoners-without-bars-donna-odonnell-figurski/1128186229?ean=9781608082056) Donna

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  1. michael miessen said:

    I really appreciate what you are doing to help us all understand this curse and potential healing of brain injury.
    I survived a brain injury that was acquired, not traumatic, from WNV/Encephalitis two years ago. Until I learned that I have a great deal in common with TBI survivors, I thought I was on the trail of terror alone.
    I wish someone was doing this kind of story collecting for folks with Acquired Brain Injury also.

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    • Michael,

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. I appreciate your kind words. After reading a little about West Nile Virus Encephalitis, I agree many of the symptoms parallel TBI. I hope that you will be able to find some helpful information on my blog and, in the very least, know that you are not alone.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  2. I’m so glad your brother-in-law told me about this site. I had Thomas Figurski for class a while ago. HI, my name is Sandee Rodriguez and am a 20 year TBI survivor. You can read my story at http://www.tbihome.org/members/sandee rather than leave a long message here. Glad to be here and will get your book to read.


    • Hi Sandee, so nice to meet you and so glad that Tom told you about my site. If you see him, give him a BIG hello for me. MY book, “Prisoners Without Bars: Conquering Brain Injury,” is not published yet, though it is complete and is searching for an agent and publisher now. I will be delighted to have you read it when it finally finds a bookshelf to live on. Thank you for sending me your blog address. I look forward to reading your story. Since you found my blog, you might have seen the Survivors SPEAK OUT! interview page. I would be happy to have you complete the interview, if that appeals to you. Here is the link for your convenience. https://survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com/category/survivors-speak-out-questionnaire/

      Take good care. Hope to hear from you.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  3. I love what you are doing here. I have not read it all but what I have read is meaningful especially to TBI survivors and their families. Check check out our magazine which is free and aimed specifically at brain injury. Would you like to have your blog published in this?




    • Hi Sharon, thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate it and your kind words. I spent some time today poring over your website/magazine. It’s very nicely done. Your offer to have my blog published in your magazine is intriguing and I’m very flattered. What do you have in mind? You can contact me at neelyf@aol.com.

      Donna O’Donnell Figurski


  4. […] October 4, I joined Donna O’Donnell Figurski, the host of “Another Fork in the Road,” and Juliet Madsen, a TBI survivor, on the Brain Injury […]


  5. scott collier said:

    I am a 2007 TBI Survivor who would enjoy talking to you whenever you have a few minutes I can be reached at 410-818-9733


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