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SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Dan Zimmerman – the Trike Man

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury Dan Zimmerman – the Trike Man

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

 Brain Injury is NOT Discriminating!

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It 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.

I am 50 yrs. (Proud of it!) 6’-4” tall, 203-208 weight
I don’t drink, smoke.
I have 2 sons -14, almost 18. They live with their mother. I have them 25% time. Nice. Young man, well-mannered.
I am neat-freak.
I don’t procrastinate.
I hate: lazy, smokers, dirty, rude people.
I can’t stand being still. I am always planning trip, ride.11695319_10205618433474274_6308388584089389432_n
I am project-man around the house, trailer, trike – anything.
Every year, I leave June-September. Summertime too hot ride trike in AZ. I have 30-foot RV trailer. Nice one. Home away from home.

I like going to movies, coffee, cooking and grilling, talking to people and people-watching, traveling, concerts. I like all music!
I am touchy and feely person. Hold hand and cuddling.

My passion is riding trike 170-220 miles each week.
I love to ride triking! My trike Catrike 700. Last year my tour – 5380 miles – started June 29 at WA State, ended Key West, FL, Nov. 29, 2014.

I am on tour now – “Rails to Trails” started June 1 to Oct. 1.

www.spokesfightingstrokes.org

Watch my video, please. Filmed two years ago. I am talking much better now.

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I had stroke 9 3/4 yrs ago. Dr told me that I’d be in wheelchair for life and no talking.
They were wrong. I am walking and talking. Although, my writing and spelling is affected a little, so patience would be appreciated in that area. I have taught myself how to spell again.
DanTrikeMan

To learn more about Dan, please click on the link.

On the Air: Brain Injury Radio Interview with Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman Another Fork in the Road: Catherine and Dan’s Reflections – Triking Across America

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Trike Treks

April 9, 2015 to June 6, 2015

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Cumulative mileage for David                          616.2 mi

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Cumulative mileage for Donna                         79.9 mi

Combined miles for Donna and David           696.1 mi

Miles to reach 5390* miles                             4693.9 mi

*done by both Catherine Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman in their cross-country rides

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TBI Tales . . . Tracking Miles in Electric Blue and Shiny Mango

Tracking Miles in Electric Blue and Shiny Mango

by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Cat TrikeCatherine (Cat) Brubaker (TBI survivor) got a black Catrike 700. Dan Zimmerman (StrokeZimmerman, Dan survivor) got a black Catrike 700. They pedaled across America diagonally, 5,300 miles, and it changed each of their lives.

David Figurski (TBI survivor) got a trike, an electric blue Catrike 700, the same model as Cat and Dan’s, but a different color.040915 David 1st Ride Catrike 700

Donna O’Donnell Figurski (copycat) got a trike, too. Though to show her independence, she didn’t get a Catrike 700. She went for the Donna's Pocket 040915Shiny Mango Pocket Trike. It’s cute!

DonnaNow David and Donna want to match Cat and Dan’s GOAL! We want to trike 5,300 miles in the desert. I wonder how long it will take us.

LET’S GO!

NAME          DATE                     Total MILES since 4/9/15

David           1/24/16                    1,570

NAME          DATE                    Total MILES since 4/9/15

Donna          1/24/16                 79

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

Michelle Lee Bonnenfant (survivor)…With hubby’s help, I made it through a busy grocery store. pix0138Ken, my hubby, got me in and out in one piece! He even stood three feet behind me in the check out so that I would not get crowded by people. It was the first time in months that I went through a check out. I was plagued by a lot of sweat and chest pain, but I still did it. I hate my TBI and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), but Ken gave me a big hug and told me that he was proud of me. I’m exhausted, but pleased with myself!

Cara Lauderdale Eberle (caregiver)…The one-year anniversary of my husband’s accident was April 1st. While I was at work sitting at a table of four-year-olds trying to get them to do a project with me, Eberle,  Cara Lauderdale  FlowersI saw them all stop and look up. Standing next to me was my husband holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I was in complete shock! He hasn’t shown any concern for the feelings of others since the accident. He told me he thought that he should do something to thank me for helping him get through the last year. This was definitely a breakthrough moment for us. 🙂

David Figurski (survivor)…I am excited! I took delivery of a Catrike 700 recumbent trike. It’s the same model that was used by Catherine Brubaker (a two-time TBI survivor) and Dan Zimmerman (a stroke Figurski, David Trikesurvivor) on their five-month, cross-country ride from Washington State to Florida. Cat and Dan espouse their new-found freedom, and their new physical capabilities are truly amazing. They both believe that riding a recumbent trike is great therapy. Also, my wife, Donna, just took delivery of the Catrike Pocket, a slightly smaller trike. Donna, Cat, Dan, and I plan to ride together.

Corina Mendoza (survivor)…I passed my teaching exam for Special Education! I passed both teaching exams I needed on the first try.

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YOU did it!

Congratulations to all contributors!

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On the Air: Brain Injury Radio Another Fork in the Road: Catherine and Dan’s Reflections – Triking Across America

On the Air: Brain Injury Radio Interview with

Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman

Another Fork in the Road:

Catherine and Dan’s Reflections – Triking Across America

images-1IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of technical difficulties, the show cuts out at the 6:37-minute marking and returns at the 10:30-minute marking. When the air is dead, drag the cursor to 10:30 and happy listening.

It was a pleasure to spend the evening with Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman on my show, “Another Fork in the Road.” They are my heroes! It was such fun to dig into the depths of their feelings to learn what it meant to them toCat & Dan at the FInish Line 112914 travel across America for 5 months on recumbent trikes -a total of 5,300 miles.

If you missed the show, don’t fret. You can always listen to the archived show.

You can get to the interview by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. (Wait a few seconds for the audio to start.) Because of technical difficulties, the show cuts out at the 6:37-minute marking and returns at the 10:30-minute marking. When the air is dead, drag the cursor to 10:30 and start listening.

Cat Brubaker Crossing America – diagonally

Dan Pedaling to Maragaritaville

Dan Zimmerman Pedaling to Margaritaville

 

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 fifth Sunday in a month, Julie Kintz, Host of “Quantum Leap,” and I team up to cohost a show called “Another Quantum Leap in the Road.”

REMEMBER: Read above for directions for the technical difficulties.

See you “On the Air!”

Another Fork in the Road: Catherine and Dan’s Reflections – Triking Across America

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

“Another Fork in the Road” . . . Brain Injury Radio Network Catherine (Cat) Brubaker’s and Dan Zimmerman’s Reflections – Triking Across America

YOU ARE INVITED!

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It took Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman 5 months and 5,300 miles to cross the USA (diagonally) on recumbent trikes. Blowouts, tumbles, and close encounters with bears and wild turkeys still left plenty of time to meet folks at the heart of our country. It also left time to get lost in one’s own mind. Cat and Dan rode to raise awareness for TBI and for Stroke, but I wonder what awareness they discovered within themselves along their journey. And, I mean to find out. 🙂

 

                Come One! Come ALL!

What:        Interview with Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman.

Why:        Cat and Dan will look inward and share their innermost thoughts.

Dan Zimmerman & Cat Brubaker

Dan Zimmerman & Cat Brubaker

Where:     Brain Injury Radio Network

When:       Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time:         5:00p PT (6:00p MT, 7:00p CT, and 8:00p ET) 90 minute show

How:         Click: Brain Injury Radio Network

Call In:    424-243-9540

Call In:     855-473-3711 toll free in USA

Call In:    202-559-7907 free outside US

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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.”

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Catherine Brubaker’s . . . . . . . . Photo Journal – (Part 1) Washington to Florida

Triking Across America – diagonally –

Photo Journal Part 1

Washington to Florida

 

On June 29, 2014, Catherine (Cat) Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman set off from Anacortes, Washington on their recumbent trikes to trike across America – diagonally. Their destination – Key West, Florida – a trip of 5,200 miles.

I can’t even wrap my head around driving 5,200 miles in a car, let alone covering that distance under pedal-power. (I made up that word.)

Here's what 5,200 miles looks like.

Here’s what 5,200 miles looks like.

 

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Cat, who survived two brain injuries triked to raise awareness for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on “Cat’s Ride for Life.”

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Dan, a stroke survivor, pedaled for awareness for stroke prevention with “Spokes Fighting Strokes.”

This is the van loaded down with equipment that will be traveling with Cat and Dan

This is the van loaded down with equipment, supplies, and food that will be traveling with Cat and Dan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oops! A blowout before the trip even begins.

Oops! A blowout before the trip even begins

Cat is interviewed by  AZCentral - 12 News - The Arizona Republic

Cat is interviewed by AZCentral – 12 News – The Arizona Republic

Cat and Dan ride under "Spokes Fighting Strokes."

Cat and Dan ride under “Spokes Fighting Strokes.”

 

 

 

 

 

Cat and Dan ride about 50 miles per day and their average speed is about 13mph. They’ve seen a wolf, wild turkeys, and even “giant” crickets in Washington. Here are some of the beautiful sites Cat has encountered along the way. (More to come.)

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Check out the Ascent and Elevation on this Garmin.

Cat and Bear sharing a little love.

Cat and Bear sharing a little love.

Washington sites

Washington sites

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Lake McDonald in National Glacier Park

Purple wild flowers along the highway

Purple wild flowers along the highway

Hmm, wondering if this will be Cat's new wheels for another Trip Across America.

Hmm, wondering if this will be Cat’s new wheels for another Trip Across America.

Pure bliss

Pure bliss

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