That All-Important “TBIsurvivor” Mentality

images-7You’ve probably noticed that my website is named TBIsurvivor.  To me, the word TBIsurvivor is the most straightforward  and clearcut way to describe my own  situation to others, while at the same time, by the use of this word, I am communicating that I am not a passive participant in my own life, but I am engaged in the battle; the battle for myself and my well-being.

The word TBIsurvivor lets others know that I am a member of Keep Reading

The Best Revenge on Your TBI

images-9 Every so often I find  myself thinking about a friend of mine who I haven’t seen now in several years. She had experienced a brain injury about ten years before I knew her, and her life was filled with many of the struggles we are each familiar with.

When I do think of her, I think about the way she faced her situation: with graceKeep Reading

Make Your Post-TBI Life A Journey, Not an Ordeal

images-4Not everyone can take a jarring, life changing occurrence, such as a traumatic brain injury, and turn it into something meaningful or positive.  Many feel as though their TBI is an ever present burden and scourge; emotionally and financially it’s just a lot to bare.

As a result, the “journey” of a  TBI survivor is often the most painful experience of our lives; for too many of us, it isKeep Reading

TBI & Gas Pump Mania



When we least expect it, Brain Injury rears its ugly head. Example: pumping gas. Pumping gas should be simple and pain free. but it has become infuriating. Anyone else feel this way?

First off, they tell us not to leave our car running while we pump gas because it might explode. They also tell us Keep Reading

I Need A Vacation…From My TBI


After a cold and snowy winter, summer is finally here. Summer is a great time to take off your shoes and kick back, lie on the beach, hang out with friends, or spend an evening on the front porch listening to the baseball game.

In the fall and winter seasons we always seem to be battling something; whether it’s those hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, or just bone chilling cold, we always seem to be reacting to Keep Reading

The War for Our Pride & Independence


About 35 years ago I was talking to a friend of mine who had done two tours of duty in Vietnam. He said to me that I had been through a war on account of my brain injury. I was blown away, hearing it from him. I listened, and trusted what he said, knowing he had first hand experience with a brain injury, having been injured in combat.

He was right.  This is a war, in a sense, and it’s being foughtKeep Reading

“Even A Hero Can Get Confused after Brain Injury.”


Confucius,  that old wise man,  might have said something like, “Even a hero can get confused after brain injury.”

He would have been able  to cut through all the BS, or the candy coating, or the wrapping around the package, or whatever you want to call the stuff that stops us from seeing what is really going on.  In this way he was able to speak the truth and get to the essence of the issue.

To many, it appears obvious that we get “confused” or we are “slow”, and sometimesKeep Reading

The Beauty of Perspective


Four months after waking up from my month-long coma I met with the Dean to discuss my return to college. She suggested I might want to check out the course of a history professor who  had undergone brain surgery and was also just returning to school.

I  felt it was a good idea since we had the “brain” thing in common.

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