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

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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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 Step

volunteerLessia Ferrell Malloy (survivor)I’m now an official volunteer for our district schools. I was fingerprinted, and background checks were done. I got my badge. It’s a foot in the door for being a substitute teacher.delivery-van-clip-art-136684

Janiece Naber Martindale (caregiver)I’m now an official truck driver again doing local deliveries.

Angela Perilli (survivor)…I’m not sure if this is an accomplishment, but I did go to therapy to work on it. gg58995503When I came out of my coma, my right eye was turned out to the right. I had “TBI eye.” My TBI/accident/coma happened in June of 2014. My eyes returned to normal on October 7, 2014. It was a huuuuuge relief! My vision is still not the way it was before my accident. Besides fighting to be alive and learning how to walk again, that’s my success.

YOU did it!

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Survivors SPEAK OUT! Lessia Malloy

Survivors  SPEAK OUT!  Lessia Malloy


Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Lessia Malloy - Survivor

Lessia Malloy – Survivor – Pre-Brain Injury

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

Lessia Malloy

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

Doyline, Louisiana, USA

3. When did you have your TBI? At what age?

Age 51

4. How did your TBI occur?

My TBI resulted from a motorcycle accident. I wasn’t wearing a helmet.

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

I don’t know. I was knocked unconscious upon impact.

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

I had a tracheotomy. I was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Then I had surgery to remove my skull plate.

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

Yes. I was in a coma thirty days.

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)? How long were you in rehab?

I had thirty days of rehab – both in- and outpatient.

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

I have short-term memory issues.

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

I’m no longer totally independent.

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

I miss being independent and working.

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

I have less stress, since I don’t take on more than I can handle.

13. What do you like least about your TBI?

I dislike that my TBI makes me second-guess myself.

14. Has anything helped you to accept your TBI?

I came to accept my TBI because I had to rebuild my life in every way.

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

My TBI put an end to an already rocky marriage. But, I came out a winner on that.

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

My injury has made me very wary of people. I’m not as outgoing, and I watch and listen more.

17. Who is your main caregiver? Do you understand what it takes to be a caregiver?

My husband helps me.

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

Maybe I’ll be working in something that fulfills me.

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

Don’t push it. Let yourself heal. Accept what you went through. Then tackle the world. Learning stuff all over again is good for the soul in so many ways. Have fun.

Lessia Malloy - Survivor

Lessia Malloy – Survivor – Post-Brain Injury

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

Take it one day at a time. Do what you can with what you have. Work with that and build on it.


Thank you, Lessia, for taking part in this interview. I hope that your experience will offer some hope, comfort, and inspiration to my readers.

(Disclaimer: The views or opinions in this post are solely that of the interviewee.)

If you would like to be a part of the SPEAK OUT! project, please go to TBI Survivor Interview Questionnaire for a copy of the questions and the release form.

(Photos compliments of Lessia.)


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