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National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Share your story if aphasia is a side-effect from your brain injury... just like it is for me. …Continue

Started Jun 5

Women, Brain Injuries, and The Art of Healing radio show
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Marie Cooney‎, a storyteller, sailor, survivor, and stagehand, who sustained injury at work, while setting up for a Carlos Santana concert will host Women, Brain Injuries, and The Art of Healing…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marie G. Cooney Mar 29.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. If we spread the word & let the whole darn world know, perhaps TBI will stop being called the silent or invisible injury.Continue

Started Mar 3

Letter from My Brain
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Hello forum. I am posting a link to a great read. Please read and have your family read Letter from My Brain, as well. If the link doesn't work, just copy & paste into you browser.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Thomas Wild Feb 27.

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Patricia A Nadolny left a comment for Richard J
"Richard, thanks for the welcome!  My dad used to play the mandolin, a beautiful instrument!  I can't wait to read your story.  I'm always looking for anything to help with memory loss.  Keep strumming!"
18 hours ago
Richard J commented on Patricia A Nadolny's blog post Hello, I'm New
"Congratulations and welcome to the forum."
19 hours ago
Richard J posted a blog post

Share Your Story

Realistic Hope is another website where you can share your story, and please do. It doesn't matter why you are a survivor. share it, let's eradicate brain injury as a silent or invisible injury. Here's a link to mine.http://realistichope.com/?p=3303See More
Friday
Kathie Mayer commented on Richard J's blog post Playing a mandolin as my self-help therapy.
"Richard, I so understand the balance challenges and fears of additional injuries - esp. another tbi. I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to ride again, and my med. team had even more doubts about it. Neck and shoulder pain/limitations, vision…"
Wednesday
Richard J commented on Richard J's blog post Playing a mandolin as my self-help therapy.
"Thanks Kathie. Well you're one up on me... riding a bike. With my balance being a bit off I'm afraid to even try (one brain injury is enough for me) but I have been thinking about trying a recumbent trike. Wish they were cheaper (but maybe…"
Wednesday
Kathie Mayer commented on Richard J's blog post Playing a mandolin as my self-help therapy.
"Richard, I so admire you risking taking on learning to play a musical instrument - sounds like it was a perfect fit and good time in your recovery to do so!  I went to a music therapy session at our WA Tbi conf. last spring -  besides…"
Wednesday
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Playing a mandolin as my self-help therapy.

As a survivor with short-term memory losses, I started thinking that starting a new hobby may help. And yes it does. Read my story about playing a mandolin.  http://survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com/2014/09/23/tbi-tales-can-music-rewire-brain/See More
Sep 24
Richard J posted an event

2014 Walk for Thought at Battle Creek Regional Park

September 20, 2014 from 9am to 12pm
Have you checked your calendar lately? Why am I asking? Because in 3 days it will be the Mn. Brain Alliance 2014 Walk for Thought. Yep, that's right, it's possible to walk & think at the same time. Please join the Brain Bumpers in Battle Creek Regional Park on Sept. 20. Whether you donate to the Alliance or just take a walk you are invited. In past years we had so much fun, and let me tell you, not everyone in our team actually walk with us because of many reasons, so they talk together…See More
Sep 17
Richard J replied to Charles Thomas Wild's discussion Perplexing memory difficulty from brain concussion
"oh yeah, but for me it's really short-time memory. To help with that, a bought myself a good beginners mandolin and am teaching myself how to play it. I had have played any instrument before, so I have to remember how to: read sheet music; how…"
Jun 23
Richard J posted a discussion

National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Share your story if aphasia is a side-effect from your brain injury... just like it is for me.  http://www.facesofaphasia.com/See More
Jun 5
Richard J replied to BARB GEORGE's discussion When disappointment brings you down...
"I find a comfy chair, a glass of water, turn on my 6 disc CD player set to shuffle mode and play my favorite music. As the first song starts I close my eyes and let the music wash though me. In no time at all, I feel better. Watching TV doesn't…"
Jun 2
Richard J commented on Inez's blog post Guilt by Association
"I know a couple of survivors with the same problems with bright and/or fluorescent lights. They always wear sunglsses or hats to shade their eyes."
May 20
Richard J replied to Kitten Theory's discussion It has been 5 years
" "developed work arounds" which make me look like I have progressed, but the sad news is that I am not "better". That's an interesting thought. To me, it means you are getting a better, daily, if you don't think…"
Apr 14
Richard J replied to lauren stuparitz's discussion neuropsych testing
"Before the test begins, ask the "doctor" what experiences/history they have with TBI survivors. Let him/her explain to you before you explain to them."
Apr 14
Richard J commented on Vicky Varichak's blog post 30 things to stop doing to yourself
"Great post, thanks.  If it's OK, I would like to use those 30 steps during my next support group meeting."
Apr 1
Marie G. Cooney replied to Richard J's discussion Women, Brain Injuries, and The Art of Healing radio show
"Thanks Donna! Had a great time hosting my second show with KFAI and hope to do more about BIs. "
Mar 29

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I am a brain injury Survivor, Family/Caregiver or professional
Survivor
What do you find most difficult living with a brain injury
Because I believe all survivors need to talk with other survivors.
are you on another social network such as facebook, so we can varify your a real person trying to apply
I also a volunteer for the Golden Valley Courage Center as a co-facilitator for the TBI Support Group.
my or my families brain injury is concidered
TBI

Maybe a little about myself.

In October 2003, I fell off a ladder when cleaning gutters on my house. A month in the first hospital, which including a medically induced coma and many surgeries; a month in a second hospital where the doctors/nurses/therapists were trying to see if I would be able to eat/walk/talk; another month in a third hospital where the doctors/nurses/therapists knew I would eat & walk but speech was almost impossible (the family tells me I talked like the swedish chef in the Muppets). After that third month, I was able to move back home, but had to start occupational & speech therapy right way. Fortunately, I was able to start my therapy in the Courage Center (Golden Valley) which was what I needed. There are a couple therapists who I will never forget, but all of them were tremendous (the Courage Center therapists are angels if you ask me). In 2004, I starting working in my “day” job for 4 hours a week in April; 8 hours a week in May; 12 hours a week in June; 20 hours a week in July; 28 hours a week in August; and then 40 hours a week in September 2004. Oh yeah, full time. Thankfully the company I work for gave me all the time I needed. I also had, and still have, a second job as an instructor for adult education photography classes. I wasn’t able to start teaching again until January 2005, but only because even though my family/friends/co-workers understood that I had, and still have, speech problems, I really couldn’t expect students to understand why their “instructor” had problems talking correctly. Currently my speech problems are minor so teaching isn’t really a problem, although I do tell my “students” that if I’m saying something that doesn’t make any sense at all, to let me know so I can try again.

So what else? Right now I’m not sure and it’s time to start making dinner at home, so we will have to talk later. Take care of yourself and your family.

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Share Your Story

Realistic Hope is another website where you can share your story, and please do. It doesn't matter why you are a survivor. share it, let's eradicate brain injury as a silent or invisible injury. Here's a link to mine.

http://realistichope.com/?p=3303

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 7:56am

Playing a mandolin as my self-help therapy.

As a survivor with short-term memory losses, I started thinking that starting a new hobby may help. And yes it does. Read my story about playing a mandolin.  http://survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com/2014/09/23/tbi-tales-can-music-rewire-brain/

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

TBI Survivor ID Card

There is another TBI Survivor ID Card available, and it's free. Just need to send a self-stamped envelope to receive a wallet sized card. Where? In the Perspectives Network website.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:30am

8th year brainday

Well, today is the 8th year anniversary of my traumatic brain injury. Think I’m going to stop calling today an anniversary, and just call it a “brainday”, one word just like “Elvis” is only one word (was thinking about calling it a tbiday that that word doesn’t sing). Thankfully my 7th year was a “normal” year for me (if such a thing exists). I did get myself more involved with local “survivor support groups”; helped with a family who had a family member survive a TBI;…

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Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

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At 2:37pm on September 29, 2014, Patricia A Nadolny said…

Richard, thanks for the welcome!  My dad used to play the mandolin, a beautiful instrument!  I can't wait to read your story.  I'm always looking for anything to help with memory loss.  Keep strumming!

At 2:14pm on May 7, 2012, ned bane jr., M.S. said…

From Ned B. How interesting that you mentioned the ID card you carry. I just got a bunch of those from the CDC for free. Lamenated one for me and I'm going to give them out at a health fair booth I'm doing of Friday. ... Keep it rolling my friend!

At 7:35am on April 22, 2012, Rachel gave Richard J a gift
At 9:35am on February 2, 2012, stephen d. cunningham said…

Hey Richhard J. I see today is your Birthday have a verry Happy Birthday  and my gift to you is Praying To JESUS

At 7:54am on October 7, 2011, roy huckaby said…

Dreams are dreams and I don't remember many of mine either. I just feel much less rested when I wake up sometimes.

 

Think about it- life changes are very deep and there are some close calls but little is unusual and nothing is new; failure is seldom fatal and few decisions are final. The truth is still the truth! How we handle the truth is very important! - Roy 

At 5:42pm on October 30, 2010, Stephen Korczak said…
October 30, 2010
Hello Mr. Richard J's,

I must tell you I feel good too find someone that has the same feeling as myself. I was begining to think that I was loosing my mind. Thank you very much!
Sincerely,
Stephen Korczak
At 10:06pm on March 10, 2010, Susan Riley said…
Human nature say O.K. what next. Life holds promise ...we might have to look under a few rocks first. I hope the rocks are small. SKR
 
 
 

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