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  • 01:30

    "Another Fork in the Road" Joshua Puckett - Artist, Musician, & TBI Survivor

    in Education

    Joshua Puckett was just minding his business in his own front yard when he was attacked by a "random drunk person" causing his brain injury. Now he says he has a "memory of a fish." Memory problems combined with balance issues, anger, and confusion have become the "new norm" in his new life. But, Joshua is overcoming his deficits by directing his attentions to his art and his music. Both are opening new doors in this talented young man's life.


    Every TBI survivor and caregiver has encountered a fork in the road that has diverted his or her life-plan. A car accident, a fall from the roof, doing one more chin-up, an IED blast, or a door literally slamming one in the face are just some causes of traumatic brain injury. College, walking down the aisle in the perfect dress, or the coveted job quickly slips from reality as dreams turn to struggle. These unexpected life-happenings that divert one from his or her chosen path in life can be devastating.


    But as Yogi Berra once said, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Life is all about choices!

    To learn more about me, please visit my blogs.

    Survivng Traumatic Brain Injury Blog: survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com

    Donna's Blog: donnaodonnellfigurski.wordpress.com

  • 03:03

    Aron Beltran multiple TBI survivor Dream Catchers with Les Paul

    in Motivation

    My Guest Tonight is Aaron Beltran. He’s 23 years old and because of several concussions and head injuries he is multiple Brain Injury Survivor. He I only had a slight concussion was dizzy and got sick after a little while. Then I was fine did not think too much of it. He was told by his Doctors that if I ever hit my head again I probably will not be here anymore. The first time I have had a concussion. I was in fourth grade playing football with all my friends and as I was running to catch the ball, I ran into a tree. I only had a slight concussion was dizzy and got sick after a little while I was fine and did not think too much of it. Then about six months later, I was riding a horse that took off with me. I ended up falling off my helmet came off and I hit my head hard. It also broke my arm on this fall. My mother rushed me to the doctor as I had seizures with this head injury. I don’t remember too much about just what people have told me. Then a couple of years later I was at a horse show and I jumped the fence when I went over the head of my horse and fell on my head. I was wearing a helmet and a safety vest. I still had a bad concussion and was dizzy and sick for two days. A lot of years went by and every now and then for no reason I would get a little dizzy at times and did not think much of it. At the time I was 18 years old and them out foxhunting in Maryland coming up to a jump the horse decided to stop now, when I was foxhunting. We didn’t have a harness on a helmet, so as a horse stopped his head came up hit me in the face and the helmet flew off. I did stay on the horse and had a bloody face my helmet flew off. I did stay on the horse and had a bloody nose, but being who I am. I brushed it off and kept on going for another hour. When I did get back to the barn the grooms asked if I was okay. They said I was white as a sheet and I told them I didn’t feel very well, so they put me in the car and took me to the hospital.

  • 01:40

    The Science of Happiness/A TBI Survivor who gives back

    in Health

    My name is Lori Purdy Faitel,I am a Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI Survivor. And I am your host for THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS.I suffered a TBI many years ago, when I was 24 years old. As I speak to you I am 52 years old and very happy to share my age. Like many of us survivors of brain injury; I was clinically dead 3 times so…. it is proper to tell that I almost did not live to be 25, which makes being over 50 a blessing!


        Back in the day, everything in my life was a dream come true. I was almost 25 years old, had a recent promotion in business which inspired me with dreams for my future. I was attending college at night, I had recently moved out of my parents home for the first time, I had many friends and I was on the fast track to a future of my dreams with the man I had been in love with, for about 5 years. THEN on a beautiful sunny spring morning as I drove on the freeway to my job a construction truck dropped bales of hay onto my windshield causing me to lose control of my car, spinning off the road and into cement construction material. From that point forward my dreams were taken away. I was diagnosed with a TBI, in a mild coma for 7 days and it took about 6 years of therapy and extensive study before I was able to function like an adult again. I understand that the world is not filled with happiness; But for an hour or so lets concentrate on things that help to create happiness.


        My guest on Wednesday will be Tonia Wittkower. She is a TBI survivor who works, is married, hosts a radio show and has made a movie/documentary of how to continue to live her life with a TBI. Lets hear insights from someone who has achieved satisfaction in life and uses her talents to help others.

  • 00:21

    Survivor: Worlds Apart Cast First Impressions

    in Television

    What I think of the cast of the new season of Survivor: Worlds Apart. What do you think of this new cast?

  • 01:50

    The Tonia & Lori Show-Two TBI Survivor women giving back

    in Education

    Wednesday October 29th at 5:00 Pacific Time, 6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central & 8:00 Eastern join Tonia & Lori for the kickoff of a new program on Brain Injury Radio. "The Tonia & Lori  Show"  was created by these ladies, both are long time surviviors of Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI. These ladies have recreated themselves and live happy full lives in the world of the non-brain injured or The "Normals".  Life has challenges whether you are a Normal, TBI survivor, a youth, an elderly, a genius or a metally handicapped. Listen to this show and hear inspirations. We are all different but we can learn from each other, and our experience in life. Be Well and Accept the opportunities that God gives.

  • 01:54

    Craig Live from the TBI Conference!

    in Health

    Craig will be our roving reporter at the conference, speaking with renouned leaders in the TBI Community, and well known authors and poets. Contributions from the Amen Clinic and much more!!


    Join him for this live event, as it's happening!

  • 02:57

    New Hope for Drug and Diagnostics for TBI - Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Dr. Adrian Harel is an accomplished biochemist and business manager from Israel. He founded a company specializing in development of stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Harel has a demonstrated record of accomplished and productive research projects in an area of high relevance for CNS breakdown. He has devoted considerable efforts into designing new molecules that could potentially help future victims of TBI and help the burden of societies endured by each TBI victim. It has been my lifelong mission to think outside the box and develop new treatments with his knowledge of biochemistry. See more at www.medicortex.fi


    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. Guests share their experience, strength and hope. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery.


    More will be revealed! Tune in, and call in. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."


    We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers. Front half of the show is a featured guest, the back half is Open Mic and some great Indy Music sure to inspire!


    Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" us at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org & /braininjuryradionetwork


     


     

  • 01:30

    Living with Hope After a TBI with Tonia Wittkower

    in Education

    Join Tonia tonight as she is joined by her guests from UCLA TBI unit, Brain Injury Association of California and Life After a Brain Injury. Please call in with your questions and Tonia and her guests look for ways to get the word out to the world about TBI and ways to improve the lves of those who have a TBI.

  • 03:40

    Bennie Cain - TBI Super Survivor - Dream Catchers

    in Social Networking

             Bennie Cain TBI Super Survivor on Dream Catchers with Les Paul


    Bennie survivived severe brain trauma and was hospitalized for 11 Months after his brain injury.


    He had a very long and hard road to recovery and yet Bennie is one of the most positive and uplifting people I know! He and his Mother have told me on several ocasions that his brain injuries which nearly took his life have turned him into one of the most positive and caring people you could ever know and he agrees!!!


    He and his Mother are members the Augusta GA Brain Injury Support Group. He has a very positive and uplifting attitude and he has something that all Brain Injury survivors aspire to!


    He says his brain injury changed his entire life, attitude and way of thinking all for the better! He is a gentle giant who wants to change the way people perceive TBI survivors.You can call in to listen to show. If you have a comment or question all you have to do is press one to let me know!
    In United States: 424-243-9540 Toll Free in... United States: 855-473-3711
    Our friends around the world: 202-559-7907 Or you can type in your browser:
    www.braininjuryradio.com and the new web site which will become our main way to access us is http://braininjuryradio.org Sign up using face book and you can also join in on our live chatt room!


    When the chips were down and people said he should give up Bennie and his Mother took took those statements as his motivation and began the positive changes in his life, Now Bennie is a leader and wants to help you find your self after TBI or any disability and search within ypurself for the best ways of recovery and take charge of your life again and do it with a smilell!!!!

  • 03:02

    Huff Post TBI Contributor on Recovery Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Amy Zellmer  is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and a professional photographer and business coach located in Saint Paul, MN. She is in the process of writing a book on TBI awareness, and is also a contributing author on a soon-to-be-released book by Carole Brody Fleet on overcoming obstacles and life changes. She is actively involved in TBI awareness and advocacy since sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 2014, and recently attended Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She enjoys all things glittery and sparkly as well as chocolately. Her and her Yorkie, Pixxie, enjoy traveling the country on road trips and speaking to groups. You can find out more about Amy at www.customcreationsphotography.com or her column on Huffington Post online.


    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. Guests share their experience, strength and hope. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery.


    More will be revealed! Tune in, and call in. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."


    We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers. Front half of the show is a featured guest, the back half is Open Mic and some great Indy Music sure to inspire!


    Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" us at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org & www.facebook.com/braininjuryradionetwork

  • 00:31

    Daniel Mollino Victory Ride TBI Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation

    in Motivation

    Celebrate Dan's Victory Ride


     Support TBI Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation


    After his injury, Dan relearned the basics that most of us take for granted—walking, talking, and reading at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. He worked hard to regain his ability to think, learn, and remember. His therapists at Kessler Institute used intensive therapies, many developed by the scientists at Kessler Foundation.
     


    With the support of our donors, we at Kessler Foundation make a direct and profound impact on the lives of people like Dan—people disabled by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Our breakthrough research improves cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes. Our funding of disability employment initiatives provide access to job opportunities, education, transportation and job training.


    Dan's story is just one example of how your support can improve the lives of people with disabilities. Celebrate Dan's victory ride by making a gift today—a gift that will help others gain independence. Every dollar of your donation directly supports our misson to change the lives of people with disabilities.


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