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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 is this week’s Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

 

Brown, Rebekah Survivor

Rebekah Brown – Survivor

Rebekah Brown (survivor), as told by her caregiver mother…I am really excited! After over two years of not eating, Rebekah is interested in food. I have been able to feed her orally with a pouch of yogurt for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She opens her mouth for it and sucks it out. Previously, she would bat food away whenever we would put it into her mouth. Now she actually wants it and is participating in feeding!

My heart is exploding for her and what all this opens up for her. All this began the day BEFORE she started stem-cell therapy.

Rebekah Brown - Survivor - 1st time eating in 2-years

Rebekah Brown – Survivor – 1st time eating in 2-years

 

This is significant because it shows the benefits coming from HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy). (Why is this not covered by insurance?) Thank you to everyone who has supported Rebekah, prayed for her, and contributed to her rehabilitation. It is working!

 

YOU did it!

Congratulations to contributors!

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On the Air: . . . . . . . . . . . . “Another Fork in the Road” Guests: Joel (caregiver) and Bart (survivor) Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . Topic: Father and Son Tackle Brain Injury

On the Air: “Another Fork in the Road”

Guests: Joel (caregiver) and Bart (survivor) Goldstein

Topic: Father and Son Tackle Brain Injury

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by

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images-1What better day than Father’s Day to meet, father and son, Joel and Bart Goldstein! Joel has been fighting and advocating for his son, Bart, ever since Bart was in a motor vehicle accident when he was sixteen-years-old. That accident caused Bart’s brain injury.

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Joel Goldstein – caregiver & author of “No Stone Unturned”

 

Joel is the author of “No Stone Unturned: A Father’s Memoir of His Son’s Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury.” Both Joel and Bart shared their ups and downs as they continue to traverse the maze of brain injury.

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Bart Goldstein – brain injury survivor

Both father and son offered some good information about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Omega-3 vitamins, cranial sacral therapy, and Reiki, an Eastern practice used for healing.

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You can learn more about Joel and Bart on Facebook at NS Unturned and at brainline.org. Read his article, “When the Dust Finally Settles: Strategies for the Long-Term Caregiver.”

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“No Stone Unturned” by Joel Goldstein

 

See you “On the Air!”

On the Air: “Another Fork in the Road”

Guests: Joel (caregiver) and Bart (survivor) Goldstein

Topic: Father and Son Tackle Brain Injury

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(Photos compliments of guests.)

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On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” with Former NFL San Fran 49er, George Visger and Caregiver, Kendra Hammond Brittain

On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road”

with

Former NFL San Fran 49er, George Visger

and 

Caregiver, Kendra Hammond Brittain

presented

by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Visger-275x300Former NFL San Fran 49er, George Visger talked about the dangers of football and brain injury. He also discussed hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and Cranial-Sacral therapy, which he believes have helped him.

Kendra Brittain 2 Survivor 042315Kendra Hammond Brittain joined for the last half of the show to tell of her son’s football injury, which caused his TBI.

If you missed this show on “Another Fork in the Road” on August 16th, 2015, don’t fret. You can listen to the archived show here. Click the link below.

See you “On the Air!”

On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” with Former NFL San Fran 49er, George Visger and Caregiver, Kendra Hammond Brittain

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

TBI Tales: Michael Coss Awakes After 6 Months in Coma

Meet Michael Coss

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

 

Michael Coss 2006

Michael Coss 2006

Michael Coss is the author of The Courage to Come Back: Triumph over TBI – A Story of Hope (2011) and the inspiration behind the creation of the Michael Coss Brain Injury Foundation. The foundation was created to raise money for children in need of financial support to access brain injury treatment. The proceeds from the sale of Michael’s book go directly to help the kids. The book is a moving account of Michael’s journey facing the challenges of traumatic brain injury.

Michael is also the winner of the 2011 Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation (Coastal Health). Michael will tell you that his life was changed forever, and it’s been changed for the good. First though, he will usually tell you that he is the very proud father of twins, Nathan and Danielle, who are now eight years old.

On May 18th, 2006, Michael was driving to Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, with his former spouse and seven-month-old twins to attend a work function and stay with friends. Catastrophe struck while on the Coquilhalla highway — Michael lost control of the van, and it rolled at least one and a half times.

Miraculously, Michael’s former wife, Ann, and daughter, Danielle, escaped with only minor injuries, but Nathan and Michael were not as fortunate. Nathan spent several weeks at BC Children’s Hospital with head injuries. When the medical services arrived at the scene of the accident, Michael was unresponsive, even though the airbags had deployed and Michael had been restrained by his seatbelt. The Glasgow coma scale (CGS) rating at the scene was 8 out of a possible 15, which indicated a comatose state.

Michael was transported by air to Royal Inlands Hospital in Kamloops, where he was assessed by Neurosurgery. Bilateral ventriculoperitoneal shunts were inserted to relieve the pressure on Michael’s brain from the accumulation of fluid. Later he was transferred to Royal Columbian Hospital to be closer to his family. He remained comatose.

Michael’s injuries were nearly fatal, and despite comprehensive treatment at two hospitals, Michael remained in a coma for six and a half months. Doctors told his family that his chances of recovery were remote. His wife was devastated because she faced the possibility of raising their two babies without a father. Recommendations were made to Michael’s family to look for a long-term-care facility to look after him for the rest of his life.

But they did not know Michael Coss and his family. Michael’s family had researched hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The treatments are commonly used in Asia and Europe and are available in Canada. But the treatments are not approved by Health Canada, and, therefore, they are not covered in Canada by medical insurance. The more the family learned, the more they came to believe that these treatments might work for Michael, though the treatments were prohibitively expensive and came with no guarantee.

His friends and co-workers saw a chance to mobilize and make a difference in Michael’s life. Within a few weeks, funds were raised by donations from friends, family, and his former work-colleagues at Molson Coors Canada.

Michael was transferred daily from Royal Columbian Hospital to the Richmond Hyperbaric Health Centre via ambulance. His mother, who accompanied him, would dampen a sponge with water to make him swallow and equalize the pressure within his ears. HBOT worked quickly, and on Christmas Eve of 2006, after half a year in a coma, Michael awoke and uttered his first words.

Only three months out of his coma, Michael learned about Rick Hansen’s Wheels in Motion events to raise funds for research and to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries. Michael was inspired by Rick Hansen and wanted to be a part of the event. In the midst of his rehabilitation, Michael canvassed his network, and once again they rallied in support. Friends, family members, Molson Coors co-workers, and other corporations raised over $22,000. His team (Team Cosco) not only won the award for the top fundraiser in Canada for Wheels in Motion 2007, but they also set a fundraising record for the entire six-year history of the program.

Through a long, intensive, and grueling rehabilitation, Michael relearned how to talk and eat. He is now relearning how to walk.Coss, Michael Survivor Family Photo Magazine COver

Today Michael serves as an inspiration, a motivational speaker, and a catalyst for traumatic brain injury survivors everywhere. He currently resides in a group-home not too far from his family and visits with them several times a week. His long-term goal is to be an able and active participant in his family’s life. Michael is not yet ready to walk to the park hand-in-hand with his children, but at least he is in training for it.

 

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