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'The Matt Duffin Show' - "TheCatsMeow" Tami Diaz

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Tammi Diaz  brings TBI Survivor drive back to BrainInjuryRadio on TMDS.   We offer great information nightly, but occasionally simply too much to quick is my opinion.  On occasion, sure feels like info is drilling holes in my head – and I’ve experience quite a bit of both.  Tammi was on the bad end of an auto/pedestrian accident in Jan. 1995, in Utah. The results included a severe traumatic brain injury and pelvic fracture. Five weeks in hospital, and another six months of therapy came next.   But as we know, the road ends abruptly, when we don’t quite feel like the “books” say we do.  (Who wrote them?)  “Therapists can't help you relearn everything,” Tammi told me.  “I retained my brain how to do word search, sew, and needlepoint with plastic canvas along with many other things.  It was real hard for me to accept that I am now disabled. For about a year I was real depressed, I would always eat and sleep and I gained 70 pounds.”  The mature lady has grown, and now a grandmother.  “Life is more of a challenge now, " she says, "I have learned to pace myself."  On 'bad days' she states "Instead of laying in bed, I get up, shower, and do one of my hobbies -sew, needlepoint with plastic canvas.”  Yet Tammi is the ‘The CatsMeow’ when it comes to blogging.  “My blogs on the computer are very therapeutic, so I get better faster.  Also my hobbies help me so I do not have to take as much medication.”  The high-desert Angel closes “I have really learned to appreciate life. I am proud of who I am. Life is a Gift.”  She'll explain the Utah BIA system, her experience in support groups and laugh – that's mandatory on TMDS.  We’ll also visit the new CNH Rehab Hospital.  Its Grand!