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.
Jennifer Stokley – Survivor of Brain Injury
Jennifer Stokley (survivor) … I met a stranger at my door who was sent to do “bug home care” (no notice). I let him in to do his work. I asked questions and had him explain things I needed to know. I have Severe Anxiety Disorder and huge panic attacks. Strangers are a HUGE trigger; letting them into my home is even bigger! I handled it all – no anxiety; no nothing!
The red light in the studio is blinking. A voice from nowhere says, “Your show will start in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 second. ‘You’re On the Air.’” Then a second of dead air occurs before the Brain Injury Radio logo music plays. There’s no turning back…
“We lived a normal life…until we didn’t….”
In this third and last part of “Prisoner Without Bars: Conquering Traumatic Brain Injury,” I completed my husband David’s and my journey through the first year-and-a-half of our new life in this TBI maze. I also included an epilogue, which brings the story to current time.
I tell stories of how David loved the barium-dipped cookies during the fluoroscopy test to determine his swallowing ability – or lack of it. I tell how David insisted on having “dessert first” before all meals, of my crash course in Nursing 101, 102, and 103 before David was released to my custody – all too soon – from the rehabilitation hospital, and how he was honored as the keynote speaker at a scientific symposium in Colorado to present his research. I talked about David’s transition to home after rehab and eventually his return to his laboratory at Columbia University. The story goes on and on, as does life. There’s never a dull moment when living with TBI.
I hope you’ll tune in to my show, “Another Fork in the Road,” which airs the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of every month. The show starts at 5:00p Pacific Time and runs for 90 minutes. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 5:00p Pacific Time, Julie Kintz hosts “Quantum Leap.” When there is a fifth Sunday in a month, Julie and I will team up to cohost a show called “Another Quantum Leap in the Road.”
If you miss the show, but would like to still hear the interview, you can access the archive on On Demand listening. The archived show will be available after the show both on the Brain Injury Radio Network site and on my blog in “On the Air.”