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On The Air: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brain Injury Radio . . . . . . . . “Another Fork in the Road” with Jessica E. Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor & Author

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

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Jessica E. Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor & Author

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

images-1Jessica E. Taylor learned about brain injury the hard way when she fell down a flight of concrete stairs. That event changed her life forever. Jessica had to pick up the pieces and glue them back together. She details her life with brain injury in her book, “From Tragedy to Triumph: Journey Back from the Edge.”

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Jessica E. Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor & Author

She will share her story and tell of how she advocates for brain injury survivors now.

If you missed this show with Jessica E. Taylor on “Another Fork in the Road” on February 21st, 2016, don’t fret. You can listen to the archived show here. Click the link below.

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On The Air: Brain Injury Radio “Another Fork in the Road” with Jessica Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor & Author

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Survivors SPEAK OUT! Jessica Taylor

Survivors SPEAK OUT! Jessica Taylor

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Jessica Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor and Author

1. What is your name? (last name optional)

Jessica Elizabeth Taylor

2. Where do you live? (city and/or state and/or country) Email (optional)

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

3. On what date did you have your brain injury? At what age?

Age 31

4. How did your brain injury occur?

A fall down a steep staircase head first into a steel-plated door

5. When did you (or someone) first realize you had a problem?

My husband knew I was sick, but he did not know I had a brain injury. (I was not told that I had brain injury until six years after the injury!) I didn’t know who I was, who my husband was, and who my children were. I became a child again. I had to relearn everything. My personality was greatly changed. My balance was off for some time. My left hand curled inwards, but I trained it to straighten. I also had contusion of the back, a hemorrhage behind my right eye, and scalp laceration.

6. What kind of emergency treatment, if any, did you have?

Intensive care

7. Were you in a coma? If so, how long?

I was in a semi-coma for several weeks.

8. Did you do rehab? What kind of rehab (i.e., inpatient or outpatient and occupational and/or physical and/or speech and/or other)?

I had rehab only in a psychiatric ward as a day patient for some months at a time in two different countries. I trained myself by learning again and also by becoming positive and never giving in to depression or my disabilities.

How long were you in rehab?

I had no proper rehab. I was just given many IQ tests and psychiatric care. This did not help matters!

9. What problems or disabilities, if any, resulted from your brain injury
(e.g., balance, perception, personality, etc.)?

Recent recall was and still is a problem. I cannot take on too may projects at a time. I have to avoid stress at all times.

10. How has your life changed? Is it better? Is it worse?

My life has been enhanced through training my dormant brain neurons myself and by having spiritual knowledge. As a result, I am a happier person.

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Jessica Taylor – Brain Injury Survivor and Author

11. What do you miss the most from your pre-brain-injury life?

I do not look back.

12. What do you enjoy most in your post-brain-injury life?

I enjoy being who I am.

13. What do you like least about your brain injury?

I don’t think about the past. I just put up with my disability as a part of my life.

14. Has anything helped you to accept your brain injury?

No

15. Has your injury affected your home life and relationships and, if so, how?

I had distant relationships with my husband and my children, as well as with all who knew me.

16. Has your social life been altered or changed and, if so, how?

My new and holistic view of life has changed all that I do and think.

17. Who is your main caregiver?

ME

Do you understand what it takes to be a caregiver?

I know what caregivers should be aware of with regards to brain injury.

18. What are your plans? What do you expect/hope to be doing ten years from now?

I hope to keep sharing my knowledge through the publication of my books and by giving talks.

19. Are you able to provide a helpful hint that may have taken you a long time to learn, but which you wished you had known earlier?

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From Tragedy to Triumph: Journey Back From the Edge by Jessica Taylor

I only wish that I had been taught by specialists how to retrain my brain in the early years, as opposed to doing so later.

If so, please state what it is to potentially help other survivors with your specific kind of brain injury.

Know that we can train and activate dormant neurons through studying a subject that is of interest. This has to be done frequently.

20. What advice would you offer to other brain-injury survivors? Do you have any other comments that you would like to add?

My advice is to study spirituality and to read as much as possible about the subject. I do not mean in the religious sense – study people like Deepak Chopra and watch Super Soul Sunday on TV. Stay positive and learn not to give in to negative thoughts. Try hard to rise above fear, jealousy, hatred, greed, envy, etc., and your vibration will increase in frequency. All this happened to me through my self-rehab.

To learn more about Jessica Taylor, click on the following links.

Jessica Elizabeth Taylor website
Jessica E. Taylor Facebook
Jessica E. Taylor Twitter
Jessica Elizabeth Taylor Linked in

Jessica’s book

“From Tragedy to Triumph: Journey Back From the Edge”

 

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

SPEAK OUT! Faces of Brain Injury – Jessica Taylor

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 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.

Jessica Taylor (survivor)

One day in 1969, I was out on business for my Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio in Toronto, Canada, and I fell headfirst down an unlit flight of stairs. My head hit against a steel-plated door at the bottom. It caused me to become severely concussed, and I was put into a semi-comatose state. I also had a hemorrhage behind my right 581530_373670692710673_622315000_neye and a contusion of my back. My life hung on a thread. Later when I woke up, I did not recognize my husband or my two very young daughters. My personality change distanced me from everyone I previously knew.

Determined to survive, however, I activated my neurons by writing down sentences, as well as short poems, and memorizing them. I also made a journal of everyday events, as my recent recall was totally shot. I began to study various subjects by going to a research room at a library. The subjects Science and The Supernatural fascinated me, so I studied the works of many writers. I read writings of the Greek writers Plato and Aristotle. I also read Galileo, Einstein, and many others. Subsequently, I found myself to be on a different vibration. I now believe that intensive study activates the dormant neurons of brain-injured survivors so that these neurons then take over for the dead or injured ones. The studying, however, may need to be of a long duration for some survivors.

I have since written my life-story, which is entitled “From Tragedy to Triumph: Journey Back From the Edge.” 456164_373685366042539_2053049192_o(The information is on my website.) I have given talks at brain-injury conferences and at social gatherings in Ireland, UK, Canada, and the US. Also, I have been on many radio shows. Recently, I completed a manuscript based on my years of research. I have been told by many readers that, when it is published, the manuscript will go to universities as a teaching book about the science of religion and the supernatural.

I would like brain-injured survivors to know of my achievements, so that they can have hope and encouragement and think positive. It was, after all, positive thinking that got me to where I am today.

Jessica E. Taylor, author and activist

To learn more about Jessica Taylor, click the following links.

Jessica Taylor Website

Jessica Taylor Facebook

Jessica Taylor Twitter

Jessica Taylor LinkedIn

Jessica’s interview with George Lewis on his show, “Spiritual But Not Religious Show

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