Shelah Riggins
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As a survivor of Traumatic Brain-Injury who is too stubborn to give up and yield to the notion that I cannot work due to disability, I have--more than once--been a client of the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. My file has never been closed as successfully employed, though I have gotten jobs during the Voc. Rehab. process (once, I didn't know that I needed to let my counselor know that I had gotten a job on my own, so that my file could be…


Posted on July 15, 2017 at 1:20pm

Dark Times Ahead

Folks, we have got to be proactive. The new administration heralds sharp policy changes, changes that will affect TBI survivors and their families.

I am not getting up on a soapbox and telling you how to vote, how to think. I simply implore you to weight the evidence and see if any proposed…


Posted on January 24, 2017 at 2:27am

Change doesn't happen in a vacuum...

...Sometimes, you just gotta keep on keepin' on.

With apologies to anyone who had commented on previous blog posts, or who had enjoyed the content of the posts they commented on. I have neglected this forum for quite a while, BUT I am committing to changing that.

Making it through the MSW was not entirely easy for me. There were the issues of my problem with motivation, difficulty getting a Practicum placement, and organizational challenges associated with the type of TBI I…


Posted on October 4, 2014 at 12:25am

Woo Hoo! I crossed the finish line. . . now what?

I must confess that I have neglected a lot during the past year-and-a-half.  I have neglected my three kids, each special and wonderful in his or her own way, and each needing extra input from Dad.  I have neglected my mom, who has given mightily to aid me in my quest to finish my my Masters in Social Work (I'm sure it's just ego that makes me think that I am a rarity, a survivor of serious TBI who went on to get a graduate degree, but…


Posted on July 23, 2012 at 1:51am

November 1, 2011 I met for supervision today with the MSW @ The Arc of Spokane.  I admire her, for she is focused and perceptive—these are among the qualities I hope to develop as a Social Worker. I …

November 1, 2011

I met for supervision today with the MSW @ The Arc of Spokane.  I admire her, for she is focused and perceptive—these are among the qualities I hope to develop as a Social Worker.

I forget what the remark I made was that triggered her memory, but she told me that she had been watching “Glee,” and it reminded her of me.  After digressing for a little while, I asked her how it reminded her of me, and she…


Posted on November 1, 2011 at 9:00pm

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At 8:06am on November 10, 2012, Kristen Walker said…

i got your message but wont let me send my response! i love classic cafe, but dont drink coffee anymore! we should get together!

At 11:58am on May 22, 2011, Nate said…

thank you


At 2:21pm on November 20, 2010, Kris said…
I am sorry shelah i just now saw that thanks for the friendship hope all is good
At 7:07am on October 18, 2010, Kaycee Holdrigdge said…
thanks for the add
At 1:58pm on October 8, 2010, Lukus Oconor said…
hi shelah hows it going thanks for the friendship
At 8:18pm on September 30, 2010, Ceptember Joy said…
hows things going shelah hope all is wonderful
At 10:35pm on August 11, 2009, TBI Survivors Network said…
thanks shelah its all about survivors making the possitive change to better their lives and through numbers their voice can be heard,

thanks for the kind words

At 11:08am on July 18, 2009, Shelah Riggins said…
To: Craig Sicilia

I am very impressed with your page. I think that I will become increasingly involved with the survivor community, due, in large part, to this resource!

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