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I am perplexed in even figuring out how to say this right so I am not misunderstood. When i am talking to someone, because I have mild TBI, what I am saying becomes misunderstood. Does anyone else…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Thomas Wild Dec 3, 2013.


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What do you find most difficult living with a brain injury
I am a survivor and it is very important to me that we spread the word about TBI and all it entails. Be your own best advocate when it comes to your healthcare.
are you on another social network such as facebook, so we can varify your a real person trying to apply
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That you are your own best advocate!
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The Little Things

To realize the value of a sister:

Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years:

Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:

Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:

Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:

Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:

Ask an editor of a weekly…


Posted on September 8, 2013 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

This applies to everyone...

               To A Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:

 ~ a rainy day

~ lost luggage, and

~ tangled Christmas tree lights

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your…


Posted on September 8, 2013 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

5 Commandments of Rehabilitation

I got this when I was going through intense therapy post TBI. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and still do.




Posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:51pm

Issues with family reunions and TBI

Since summer is nearing the end, I was wanting a discussion about your summer family reunions or family get togethers. I am writing because I have encountered  family recently that still like or prefer the old Debi (Pre TBI) then the new Debi (Post TBI). When family is suppose to be the most supportive and understanding, I find them to be cruel and unjustified in their comments. It is extremely hurtful to hear family tell you that your not good enough and that they don't like you for what…


Posted on August 30, 2013 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 1:19am on October 25, 2017, Elisa Dutton said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Elisa Dutton.

At 6:30pm on November 14, 2013, Kathie Mayer said…

Hi, Debi.

I appreciate the positive focus of many of the quotes and comments you share.  here are a couple I've read recently that I think you and others might find some value in. 

"Patience avoids a problem; kindness creates a blessing." ~ Stephen & Alex Kendrick

"If compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete" ~ Buddha

Thank you,too, for turning me onto the music vidoe "Beautiful" by Mercy Me - it touched me deeply and made me cry when I first heard it.  We all need someone to affirm what we cannot see or feel about about ourselves at tiems.  Please keep sharing! :-) ~ Kathie



At 1:40pm on August 16, 2013, Glen Brist gave Debi a gift
Oh My ~ Happy birthday cake for tomorrow,,, hope you like chocolate ! I am glad that they have a b'day list ! have a special day...
At 7:40am on August 01, 2013, Glen Brist gave Debi a gift
Debi,, just a note to say how much I valued your words in your story,, especially towards the end....thanks for being a friend..
At 1:39pm on May 10, 2012, Jim Knutsen said…

Hi Debbie -- Sorry I have been staying away from the site. I was terminated after telling my coworkers about surviving a TBI and then having another female employee start saying that I was following her. I did not receive reviews for 8 out of 16 years, was mocked for having headaches and retaliated fro taking part in an equal pay for equal work job action. WORKING FOR THE STATE OF WA WAS MY LIVING HELL.

At 3:30pm on March 29, 2012, Patrick Fox said…

I have no idea who you are, but it's cool you asked me to accept you as a friend.  I suffered my TBI in 2007 from a 48 foot fall. Luckily, I have no memory from it.  I am also getting divorced from my wife of 8 years after all of this and a suicide attempt by me. I guess the statistics are true. Most marriages end after a TBI.  Thank you,


At 6:03am on October 31, 2011, Zachary Gauvin said…
Thank you so much Debi. I look forward to further communication between us. Take care!
At 7:50am on February 14, 2011, tbi said…
Thanks for friending me Debi!  I read your the story you posted.   What a courageous person you are!  You put a nice site together too.  I will hopefully be putting more on mine.  Your accident happened almost one month to the day before mine (10/6/2003).  You can read more about mine in my bio on this music website or on my myspace website.  Please listen to some of the music I have done if you like too.  I have been invited to present at the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin's annual convention this spring so hopefully I can get the word out to many so the effects of TBIs are better known.  My best to you and keep up the good work!
At 8:11am on February 13, 2011, Patty Finali said…
for me healing is remembering what the difference between pain and pleasure is, things got so mixed up they are one in the same
At 5:07pm on December 28, 2010, Randy P said…


Welcome.  Like you, I am a TBI survivor and, 2.5 years in, am very lucky to have recovered from my ordeal.  Like you, I look for encouraging quotes.  I post my quotes at under my "Thought of the Day" discussion.  There are about 150 or so similar motivational and thought-provoking quotes. 


Stay strong! Never give up. We are constantly growing and improving as long as we are focused on growing and improving!


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