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SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faces of Brain Injury

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 – one view at a time.


Cam Compton (survivor)

11056773_804796876222530_117254145_nOn March 21st, I celebrated my “strokaversary.” Three years ago, I suffered a stroke. It has changed my life dramatically. I am still “me” – still Cam – but at the same time, I am not. I have learned to live and to love this new me. I have had fun. Whatever I was before (like fun or nerdy), I am still that, but three times more so now. I have met many new friends. I have done things that I would never have done if I had not had my stroke: my billboards, the talks, facilitating a stroke support-group, the stroke walk (mark April 18th on your calendar), and my newest – Brain Injury Radio host. I will be hosting my own show on the second Friday of every month. I’m happy to be here alive and on this side of the dirt.


Lindsey Dunn (survivor)

Dumm, Lindsey Survivor 032015 10686800_10101531483831264_2468134818312325958_nYesterday was two years ago that I fell about sixty feet on a spiral staircase in Valencia, Spain. I hit my Dumm, Lindsey Survivor 032015 10407045_10101650526873054_7173077641176124389_nhead on the way down (on one of the metal spindles), causing me to get a traumatic brain injury. I am actually very happy that this happened to me. I’m lucky that people have Dumm, Lindsey Survivor 032015  11043033_10101641035463914_6164584326813463685_nstuck by my side through this trial. Maybe my story will give hope to people and God can use it to help others.


Marcel’s moms (caregivers)

10711_356648177855326_33065405394910668_nWhen our son, Marcel, was eleven months old, he suffered a severe TBI. The doctors told us that he would never eat, walk, see, or talk – basically that he would be a vegetable. It’s been eight months, and his vision is starting to come back, he’s smiling and laughing, and he’s getting neck strength back. His limbs are getting stronger and starting to move a lot. MarcelHe’s learning how to eat again. And he babbles like a baby. Marcel has come so far, but he still has a long way to go. Obviously, God has plans for Marcel because he is a fighter. He was so close to dying, but he fought to stay here. A lot of people, doctors, and nurses told us all the things that our son would never do. Our boy will continue to fight and prove to everyone that he can. He’s doing many of them already.


Daniel Wondercheck (survivor)

Wondercheck, Daniel Survivor 0311815On July 23, 1991, I was involved in a construction accident that was serious enough to smash my hardhat, crack my skull, and knock me out for six days. I spent 85 days in the hospital, 95 days as an inpatient in a rehabilitation hospital, and another 186 days in rehabilitation as an outpatient. Now – twenty-three years and nearly eight months later, I still use a wheelchair, I talk funny, I have involuntary movements in my extremities, my left eye moistens itself approximately half as much as it should, and my right eye does not moisten itself at all. For 26.5 hours per week, I have a personal assistant who helps me with daily-living activities. (My personal assistant is also my best friend and “guardian angel.”) But, I do have enough mental ability to be a top-rated Power Seller on eBay and to be an administrator for an online support-group for traumatic brain injury survivors (Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI – Terrific Beyond Injury).


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(Photos compliments of contributors.)

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

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

Itty-Bitty GIant Steps for Blog

SPEAK 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 donnaodonnellfigurski@gmail.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.

DeWayne Banner  (survivor)…I fixed the lights on my Jeep. I am proud of myself. I loved working on cars when I was younger, but I have not been able to do much since my accident. I think I’ll try some more.

Driving a carGlenda Gale Coker (survivor)…I survived a TBI when I was six years old. Post TBI, I had regular classes in school, got a college degree, got married, and learned to drive. And, I’ve had the same job for two years.

Jenni Flores (survivor)…I like “Itty-Bitty Giant Steps.” Last week, I continued using my manual wheelchair, even after I got out of the hospital; I took all my pills on time; and twice I made my own arrangements (and trusted people) to go and see my husband.

award_certificate_w_stampShell Lawson  (survivor)…I thought I’d share this – not to boast, but to encourage. I have a severe TBI and I just made the Honor Society. I did it all on my own, with a couple of exceptions: during my first semester, I had friends help me with a couple of essays via the ‘net, and I get extra time on my tests. I believe you can do anything you put your mind to. 🙂

Michael Montepara (survivor)…A pleasant “Good morning,” Donna. I had a semi-good week this week. I have been cleared from mental health, and I met with my lawyer about my SSI (Supplemental Security Income) hearing next week. Maybe 2015 will finally turn that corner, and things will iron out…MAYBE.Susan Cursive

Susan Shacka  (survivor)…I made it through three weeks of bible. (For me, it’s hard to read and concentrate.) Also, I wrote my name in cursive at occupational therapy.

Daniel Wondercheck (survivor)…I received my TBI on July 23, 1991. I live in Kansas. I have a personal assistant for 26.5 hours per week. I use a wheelchair (full-time) as a result of the TBI. In October 1993, the Social Security Administration eBay Power Seller TRSdeclared me totally and permanently disabled. In August 2003, I started selling collectibles on eBay for something to do. Selling collectibles on eBay morphed into a full-time business. I am now an eBay Power Seller with 100% positive feedback.


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