September 2010 Blog Posts (15)

the Event

Well actually there was more than one, But the first and major one was when I was hit by a car. That was March 13th, 1998. That took about 25% of my brain, I don't remember which side. I was walking my dogs and this old woman swerved and hit me, and kept going for a couple blocks til her passenger, another elderly lady, said, "I think we hit something back there." I spent 13 days in a coma, and 2 months more in St Luke's Rehab after that. I had to relearn alot of things, like how to walk. I…


Added by Katie Padilla on September 30, 2010 at 6:48pm — 8 Comments

Your Home

(From After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story)…


Added by Barbara Stahura on September 30, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments

Hello, an introduction

I am Kara. 31 year old female 11 months post. Will be one year on October 7th. I was in a motorcycle accident. Have no memory of it. I am not a normal rider, i was a passenger.

Have had 4 skull/brain surgeries in past 11 months. Will be having another one in the next few months to get a platinum plate in head.

I call myself wonder woman and so does my neurosurgeon. I should have been dead. I know this now. I know I am lucky, I really am, but that…

Added by Kara Hoban on September 29, 2010 at 8:13pm — 5 Comments


I am 23 years post severe TBI (although it is not readily visible) and for the last 3-4 years I have had progressive Buttock (pelvic bone) and muscles surrounding pian. It hurts to sit, stand, bend over, just use my legs sometimes. Does anyone else have this?

Added by Steffanie (Cole) Siefker on September 27, 2010 at 11:41am — 16 Comments

now I get it

Hello beautiful people,

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any inappropriate "promotions" I may have sent out. I am new to these networks and just learning edicate and all that. Beside which, as soon as ego gets involved, the purity of intentions becomes compromised. I have struggled with the balance between giving everything I have to others as that is what I love to do and looking out for my safety as well as benefit as that is what we "professionals" are…


Added by Benjamin Luskin on September 26, 2010 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

head injury vs. cancer

Hi everone,

just wish to explain my thoughts, I had my tbi in 1989 after what everone consider a mircial they forgot about it. I was then thinking like them I'm fine and it was destroying me. But the part that is now letting me see how tbi is something that has to be brought to the publics attention, in hopes that it can help people in socity understamd it like cancer.

11 years after tbi it was determend that i also had serious form of skin cancer that was very close to…


Added by norman sampson on September 22, 2010 at 7:36am — 5 Comments

Why do I get up again after each time the rug is pulled out from under me?

As I see it, my brain-injury has not been entirely a bad thing. For example, I have a lot more empathy for people who are not on the end of the spectrum that our society judges as "successful," or "well-adapted." Also, I meet people very easily (part of the social affect caused by having an injury in the right temporal and parietal lobes, I'm sure). And I have become "Indefatigable Man!"

I say this only half in jest. I just don't seem to know when to quit. That is evident…

Added by Shelah Riggins on September 19, 2010 at 10:55pm — 9 Comments

Journaling Your New Life Into Existence

“You’ve become a post-catastrophe person. The mask of safety is torn away. There’s nowhere to run and hiding is fiction. You search your own reflection for comfort, and the mirror whispers, Adapt or die. Feeling your way along in the dark, you dream…


Added by Barbara Stahura on September 19, 2010 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

Stories of Your Life

(An excerpt from…


Added by Barbara Stahura on September 15, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Excerpt from "After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story" on BrainLine

I'm happy to announce that an excerpt from my book, After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story, has been posted on Brainline. org at

This is the first journaling book for people with brain injury, and my co-author, Susan B. Schuster, and I are thrilled that BrainLine has chosen to…

Added by Barbara Stahura on September 13, 2010 at 12:24pm — No Comments

My First Blog

Well I have been checking out this site for a couple of days before actually joining, I finally joined, I don't know why, figured It might help to talk to others who are going through some of the same things. However i do feel a little guilty. I didn't have a horrific accident. I actually feel really dumb about what lead me to where I am today. A year ago. well actually 13 months ago my husband and I were in the back yard mowing the lawn, I was on the riding lawn mower and he was using the weed… Continue

Added by Jody Williams on September 13, 2010 at 8:49am — 12 Comments

Mind/body Magic, Phase I

Greetings community,

I've been writing like mad on this page today because, like the rest of you, I feel like I have finally found a place where people really understand what I'm talking about. It really is great to be here and I look forward to connecting with each of you in the days and months to come.

But now, I would like to share with you a brief video I shot of a presentation I gave concerning how self-awareness can be used to strengthen the body and mind…


Added by Benjamin Luskin on September 8, 2010 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle

Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle

Just as many others have tried to understand the "why me?" factor in this chronic, incomprehensible and completely discombobulated world of brain injury, so too, have I.

After asking nurses, doctors, and a Chaplain "why me?" I was often told "just because." They also had different theories about my…


Added by Diane Wise on September 6, 2010 at 10:01pm — 7 Comments

TBI story and why I joined

Hey all, my name is Dash Johnson and I am a 21 year old male from Minnesota. Recently I suffered a traumatic brain injury (5.20.2010) I was in my college town and decided to celebrate summer starting by going to a bar with a few friends. The night was a perfect start to the summer just a couple of friends relaxing and having a few drinks, When we finished at the bar we were at my two friends decided to walk to the casino downtown while I decided to skip the casino and walk home. When I was… Continue

Added by Dash Johnson on September 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Tomorrow I Return

Tomorrow is a big day for me. HUGE, as I return to work. It is big for me for several reasons.

1. It is going to allow myself to regain a sense of "worth". Something I've been missing for quite sometime.

2. I will also be re-claiming a position that I've worked very hard to get. If, I choose to leave, a very real possibility, I will be leaving on my terms.

3. Returning will also allow me to confirm or deny feelings I had before I took medical leave.… Continue

Added by Tom on September 1, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

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