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SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

presented by

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 are this week’s Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

Robyn Hietala Bilyeu (survivor)…My Itty-Bitty Giant Step: I had a brain tumor removed Man & Woman Sleeping in BedMarch 17, 2015. I have been sleeping in our recliner since then because sleeping flat has resulted in severe head-pressure. I know my brain is still recovering, but I just wanted to sleep next to my husband again. Last night, I tried our bed. I slept through the night and didn’t have an ounce of pain when I woke up.

Krysta Harris GraduationKrysta Harris‎ (survivor)…Tonight, I graduated! I didn’t let my accident stop me. I told my family that my TBI counts as my honorary honor-tassel (Haha). My diploma wasn’t given to me – I worked for it! I’m lucky to have graduated with my class. I’m proud to have been able to strut across the field, knowing that I was in a hospital bed almost two years ago. Resilience is a great thing.

Man Planting seeds 3524898345_a5a3327405Stephen Mayfield, Jr. (survivor)…Hey. I got my garden. I finally finished sowing seeds. Now, let’s see what pops up.

Shelly Travis Owens (caregiver)…My husband and I went to dinner tonight with some friends. It was our first social situation since his TBI – and it went well. The guy is a coworker, so my husband got to catch up on what he’sDinner with Friends food-and-drinks-restaurant-dining-055638 missing at work, job news, and gossip. He forgot a few names, etc., but no one made a big deal of it, and the conversation went right on. My husband filled them in on his injury and his progress in therapy. I’m very encouraged, and my husband is thrilled. Baby steps.

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Diane Rasch (survivor)…I am so excited! I made it through ballet class without any problems two weeks in a row. Tonight, I even twirled across the floor.

 

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On the Air: Brain Injury Radio Another Fork in the Road . . . . . . Jamie & Crystal Fairles – Survivors

On the Air: Brain Injury Radio

Another Fork in the Road

Brain Tumors and a Love Story

with Jamie & Crystal Fairles

images-1It took two brain tumors to make a love story. What an appropriate interview for this Valentine’s Day weekend! It was unlikely that Jamie and Crystal would have met had they not each suffered a brain tumor. But they did have brain tumors and they did meet . . . with a little help from their friends. An email relationship began, which eventually led to their engagement and some years later Jamie and Crystal were married. They now share their love with their toddler as they walk the road of brain injury hand-in-hand.

08 Jamie Fairles 10966701_785893851446166_2004498939_nJamie was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998. That surgery lasted 13 ½ hours. He had 3 more surgeries before he was released, but he was not able to walk or talk and had to relearn those skills again. By 2005 Jamie had undergone 7 brain surgeries.

05 Crystal Fairles 10967058_785893721446179_257216402_nCrystal’s brain tumor was diagnosed in 2008 when she suffered a gran mal seizure. After her brain surgery, she was released from the hospital with little direction and permission to return to work. But the stress of her job was the catalyst for additional seizures.

If Jamie and Crystal hadn’t each had a brain tumor they would never have met. They are glad that they met and are happy to share their “love” story.

If you missed their interview on “Another Fork in the Road” on February 15th, you are in luck. You can listen to the archived show here.heart animated -beat

Click the link below to listen to Jamie, Crystal, and me.

See you “On the Air!”

Brain Tumors and a Love Story with Jamie & Crystal Fairles

Click here for a list of all “Another Fork in the Road” shows on the Brain Injury Radio Network.

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