Richard J
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  • Minneapolis, MN
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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, 2014

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, 2014.

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, 2014

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I am a brain injury Survivor, Family/Caregiver or professional
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

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.

Richard J's Blog

The importance of support groups

Hello everyone, the following link will open an article I wrote for the TBI Hope & Inspiration magazine, and posted on the June 2016 issue.

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 7:04am

Faces of Brain Injury

Afternoon everyone. I'm sure the phrase that "brain injury is a silent injury" can make you angry. Well, the reason it's called that because the general public really have no idea about brain injuries. But we survivors can change that. How? By making our voices heard. To do that, we have to use the internet. Please follow this link, and fill out your story. I did and so have others. Make yourself be heard and become an advocate for all survivors.…


Posted on May 5, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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.

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.

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:07am — 4 Comments

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At 1:54am 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 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., PsyD 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!
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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"... I’m wondering if anyone ever looked into the problem of WHY the chat doesn’t work ?"
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