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‪#‎inaflash‬ Neurofeedback for treating brain injury, anxiety, depression, PTSD and a host of other ailments. Is this a viable treatment option for you? Join me and one of the pioneering Doctors in this field. WEDNESDAY Nite!7pm Pac/10pm est. ‪#‎braininjuryradio‬ Click link below to…See More
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I am a brain injury Survivor, Family/Caregiver or professional
Survivor, Advocate
What do you find most difficult living with a brain injury
Simply put: finding the right type of support (clinically, organizationally, socially, etc.) to *truly* help me, as well as living a life that works for me..., more often than not!

Successfully navigating and managing my life--day-to-day, while creating and enjoying a life of meaning, fulfillment, financial independence, and deeply connected (mostly social) relationships with others--where I show-up *fully* as my true, authentic self.

I also deal with isolation and burnout. I find myself expending *massive* amounts of energy (physically, cognitively, emotionally, & spiritually) to improve my circumstances and my life (as a whole), yet make little self- & soul-satisfying progress, b/c the successive progression of that which I *do* achieve, is almost always non-linear in nature.

I often feel scattered and overwhelmed. Plus, I notice that my mood-state tends to occupy the *driver's seat* of my life, rather than me and my hunger--to fulfill on my vision for a delicious life--being the sole occupant [of the *driver's seat*]. The result of which tends to leave me with a sense of *merely existing*, day-to-day...moment-to-moment, struggling to create meaning & significance, while perennially running, *incessantly*, in a Self-containing, TBI-induced hamster wheel--that fails to produce neither achievements in a linear-progression (as per my own perception and perspective), nor appreciable results as a whole. :'( **big sigh....**
are you on another social network such as facebook, so we can varify your a real person trying to apply
what is most important that you learn about brain injury
That despite living with a brain injury, compounded by an ever-cascading list of subsequent *congnitve impariments*, I can STILL *intentionally* design, create, and experience a life...IN THE NOW, while living into MY FUTURE REALITY, that is: enjoyable, meaningful, & fulfilling, while also experiencing deep, satisfying connections with others.
my or my families brain injury is concidered
Mild, TBI

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Seattle-based Company, X2 Biosystems, Poised to Change Approach to Evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

Hello all.  Ok, looks like I was poised to go for the trifecta--as this is my third blog post today!  :  \}

Featured below is yet another link to what I think is a great article that I came across today.  I'm sharing it here, in the event you haven't seen it, and may find it…


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 10:30pm

Service Dogs Help US Army Veteran Lead "Somewhat of a Normal Life" [***Note: ...and, civilians are doing so as well! :]

Hello all.  How goes it?  :  }

Here, featured below, is another great article I came across today.  And, guess who I wanted to share it with!?  YOU!!!   ; ]   And, as with the other article and link I posted just a bit ago, while on TBI-SN today, I happened to see it featured in a widget as well.  What's more, my rationale is…


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 10:13pm

The Best Resources for Traumatic Brain Injury Support and Prevention ( besides our own, of course ;) [***Note: the focus of this article is on "Sports-Related TBI"]


Hello all.  I came across this great article, last week, and meant to share it with you, but *somehow* forgot to do so. :  \     And, while on TBI-SN today, I happened to see it featured in a widget--here, and viewable today, but not sure about tomorrow and beyond.  Thus, I wanted to make sure to have it accessible to any of us, to easily…


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 3:30pm

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At 7:56pm on February 01, 2014, Glen Brist gave Onward & Upward a gift
Hello friend, hope your day was good to you. May the future days be full and rich ! glen
At 5:14am on December 5, 2013, mary lutz said…

Thank You

At 10:14am on November 7, 2013, Ruth Marcetic said…

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am new to this so I saw a reply in my email but am not sure you got it. Sometimes it seems I have no time, but I will try to reply. Making plans is something of a challenge because I never know how my husband will feel. Some days, he calls it having a day of clarity, he can function pretty good. We have done a lot of speech and physical therapy. Then, in an instant, he seems to go "lathargic". Doesn't talk, hard to understand, quiet. If we have an appt. or go to the store and he's up, he just fades. His head moves back and forth constantly. Sometimes I ask him something, I think he is saying no, but it's just his head moving. The neurologist says there's nothing they can do but I just can't accept that. The brain is huge and we only use a small portion so, we need to wake up some of the rest of it. Just have to figure out how. Thank you for replying, I wish you the best. Blessings to you all.

At 4:23pm on November 6, 2013, Ruth Marcetic said…

After dealing with my husband and his TBI for 10 months, I think it would be good for him....for us to go to a support group so if anything, he would see he's not alone. I stay positive and honestly believe...he's getting better everyday. I say that everyday...outloud. So in searching for help, I found this and have become a member. No one can know what this does to someone until, in the blink of an eye, your life changes direction and now comes with a new purpose. For him to get better (and me to). I have to say though that with us....some of the personality changes are so sweet, they are a blessing. I believe things happen for reasons but out of bad comes good...and good will come from this too. God Bless all of you out there dealing with the same type of thing as us. Have a wonderful night. Ruth

At 10:21am on October 31, 2013, Papa said…

I must have done something wrong.....my birthday is dec.21....lol

Thanks for the thought.

At 8:33am on October 29, 2013, Monica Weberg said…

Hi; Onward & Upward, Thank you, I'm honored that your term indomitable was your word choice. I'm happy to connect with those who can bond with others with similarities. We are in this together, even though it may not have been a choice to have such injuries, we can stick together & help each other through this life. Very few people can understand or relate to those of us with the complex issues that arise from tbi. I haven't been on for awhile, did I miss your B-day? If so I hope it was a good day for you. Mine is also just around the corner. YeeHah!!

At 5:49am on October 21, 2013, Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker said…

Thank you so much for thinking enough of mevtobsend me a birthday hope for happiness.  I enjoyed mybday.

At 11:42am on August 2, 2013, Armeni Mona said…

Hi, Onward & Upward,

I tried opening a one-on-one chat and also tried you in the Main Room just now (Friday, around 12:35pm mountain time) ... you didn't respond, and were having troubles w/the chat rooms the other day, so I'm sending this to you as a comment.

Were you able to see my chat message to you today, just a few minutes ago -- in either of the 2 rooms?

If not, I don't know how to help, except maybe you could write the "TBI administrator" here?

Hope to "see" you another time,


At 6:05pm on August 1, 2013, Armeni Mona said…

Thanks for asking.

And, good to chat with you today.

Take care,


(that's what I go by)


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