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Spending Thanksgiving Day alone. I not only am, again, I hope to. Gobble Gobble...
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Sargent Jonathan Winchester is a friend of mine. Jon became a professional photographer after 18 years of active duty in the Army; we worked many ballgames together during my sports writing years. The career Army man didn't reach the 20-year retirement mark because of a TBI and PTSD. Medically Retired. We, in the Canal Town area are so proud of his duty and service - 2 tours in Iraq and 1 near deadly tour in Afganhastan (sp), We'll talk more about the Veteran's Administration, and it's 'form' of recovery. But Mr. Winchesters post service duty bars none. Often a pall bearer for those who didn't survvive the wrath of war, Jon has seen Presidental Duty in motor cades, bike rides, memorial motor bike rides and even had his picture on a bike with Pres Obama taken (shut up!).
We'll run other PTSD interviews as time allows. Also looking forward to an update from Sue Root (maybe), Dr. Kevin Butterfield, Gina around midnight and of course, Sam Way!
Between surgeries and having issues, bare with me. But, I ALWAYS SHOW UP FOR WORK (now, what I do once there is another opion,)
Rough week in TMDS world of TBI. Myself, for certain. My Co-Hosts, probably. Melissa Meep and Sam Way have TBI's everyday, like me. Each day is a struggle, from wiggling our toes to see we are alive a awake thru a double/triple shower past burning lunch to forgetting to take your meds. It can be a struggle. Do God's 'regular' folks understand? A few try, most don't. Many family members and friends took an 'exit, stage right' when we woke from our trauma. Now, agreed, they have lives as well, but the trauma seemed over. Doc said so! WRONG!! It just begain. In total, we must learn to live in this world, baby step by baby step, because, uh, well, WE FORGOT OUR LIVES, which means we forgot most. Some comes back, in spurts or recollections from others suggestions, many never do. I'm telling you, my last marraige was a happy time! I'm making the shambles so. Don't care to relive the ugly when tomorrow looks beautiful. One day at a time. The Navy taught me the only easy day was yesterday. I agree, but man, this past week's been tough in total. Attacked unknowingly by ignoranus folks who have no idea what living with a brain injury is like, nor care to. Too busy. Let's teach them what busy is REALLY like, such as living with a TBI. Thank you Lord, appreciated however I never felt lucky. I felt totally changed. Tonya and Mahlon Whitaker is expected to join Meepster, Sam and me, and this producer turned announcer to turn host ANTICIPATES a crowd of Survivors to call in and discuss NO, I MAY LOOK OK, BUT REALLY - I'M NOT. And no, this doesn't happen to you...
When interviewing Tiffany Henness, one of our favorite Bloggers - Heavy Medal or @running_hutch as her Twitter Followers would know her. Tiffany told us about, Bia: The first GPS sports watch for women. This great new product is being launched via a Kickstarter project.
Bia: The GPS Sports Watch for Women that Men Want Too was the headline that caught our attention. The his and hers package sealed the deal.
We figured what better way to explore this and support the project than to talk to the people behind it and in this episode The Partnerunning Show we are excited to be talking to Cheryl Kellond who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bia.
Cheryl tells us all about Bia and her thoughts on topics including:
What is Bia and the Bia Community? Where do people find Bia online? Why a GPS for women? What is Kickstarter? Cheryl the athlete Partnerunning and training with a partner or group We strongly encourage you to support the Bia Project on Kickstarter and in the process get yourself a great new GPS watch and learn about project funding.
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Jane Jackson is the Information and Resource Director for the Brain Injury Association of Georgia and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She has worked with BIA of Georgia for the past 7 years and covers the state handling requests from survivors, families and the medical professionals who serve them-among many other "hats" she wears for BIA of Georgia. Working one-on-one with individuals, she provides personalized help, resources and education about brain injury and symptoms. Jane is also the wife of Waring Jackson who sustained a brain injury from a motorcycle accident 14 years ago. He was sent home after 2 weeks in the trauma center and told "if you have a headache take 2 aspirin". He looked ok, he talked ok but inside he knew something was wrong. He was one of the thousands of walking, talking "silent epidemics" you hear about in the news. He masked his changes with humor for 3-4 years before admitting he needed help. Together Jane and Waring discovered his personality change, short term memory, fatigue, depression - among other symptoms - were from his accident. Thus began their long road to rehabilitation and adapting to his "new normal".
Jane Jackson Certified Brain Injury Specialist CBIS Information and Resource Program Director Brain Injury Association of Georgia 1441 Clifton Road NE
Les Paul has a positive out look and has much to share about his journey dealing with brain injury for many years. Les is also on the board of directors for the TBI Survivors Network helping build strong survivor lead groups all over the world. Les will motivate you, make you think and leave you feeling inspired.
With Leaders in the Association from SC,GA, Indiana and others getting the perspective on How the BIAA operates.
The interview, the voice, the spirit, the mom, the moment Brain Injury Radiio awaited for is Sundy, November 2nd at 10 pm est as the lovely DARCY KEITH sit down with Melissa and Matt. Professional, inspiring, thoughtful and a over whelming survivor of TBI. Darcy is a public speaker, where she has talked with the NFL Rookies, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens during their championship recently, schools, and so much more. So much. She can talk about numerous things, except herself. I'm a countryboy from Milton, and been interviewing folks for a couple of decades. Got Meep by my side, the conversation will be enlightening, driven, personal and words you've always wanted to hear. Thanks dear friend and dearest Melissa, it was my pleasure. (next time remind me to get cookies, or bring some...)
Ya changed the clocks back an hour last night, and put new batteries in alarms and smoke detectors. Now, you shouldl vote on Tuesday. Local electiions are the heart and soul of America, and not as media driven as Presidential Election years. Who's on your school board? The County Sheriff? Vote. It matters. Jenny Johnson will join Meep Meep to inspire us early on, Sam Way as well. After the 10:30-ish to 12:00-ish interview with Darcy, its off again into the wild skype wonders as we take the midnight train to Georgia, street in Western Capetown, South Africa and recieve and update from TMDS Coorespondent Gina Gee, now an Ice Skater. We can slide around until Porky says goodbye discussing Public Speaking. I wanna learn....
Boo. Halloween arives by Witches broom this Friday. And I've caught a beautiful swamp mistess to join us. Amy Swift. Certainly no monster, unless you read her work. The Downtown Milton Studio tonight?. Boo. Let's have a discussion on past and present Halloween preparations or avoidance. Boo. Let's let the Not-So- Wicked Witch from the East haunt us as best she can, Miss Melissa Meep. Sam Way, he's simply just 'scary' but he's our 'driver' - now thats scary! We'll touch on being Hollow with a brain injury, and about being Weened by therapists. Now THAT can be scary. Eureeka! I found my tumbling head! Amy is a remarkable lady from Mississippi (no making light of her sweet, southern draw folks) who finds time to Horror Write scripts. More sweet (or horror), Amy is a mother of 7 yet looks like not a one. She may not endulge, but much more sweets in her house.
But there is also eerie readings along those walls. Amy Swift joins us, a prospering Horror Writier who has been witness to many (most) Horror films out side her own readable tales of mystery. Meeps, watch the studio incase I disappear. Sam, hope you feel better because Herman Munster, Goblins, Ghost and LesPaul are anticipated - quite a scary lineup - Boo. It's Halloween, let's play, have some fun, some horror (besides me) and BRING YOUR OWN CANDY (BYOC) to our Milton Party. Danged Kids are grabbing handful after handful of the cookies I baked. Talk about scary! Boo...
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Special Guest. Heather Joy the Recourse coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of SC will be guest tonight on Dream Catchers with Les Paul.
She is a dedicated Advocate who wants to help empower people with Brain Injuries to live life to their best ability. The BIA SC also has a very active and impassioned board of directors and Advocates throughout the State of SC!
The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization which was developed by persons with brain injury, their families, and concerned professionals in an effort to provide information and support to those who have experienced brain injury. The BIASC is our state’s chartered affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association of America. Together our mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
With Leaders in the Association from Georga, Indiana and others loyal to their mission. getting a perspective on howHow the BIA SC operates.
Joining Melissa and myself, is of course Sam Way, and latter on Deborah Berry. God, don't let me burn this night up! It get's better. Jeff Gabbard stops by LIVE! from the Downtown Milton Studio. Jeff is the Fire Chief of the Cambridge City Fire Department by 24/7, and Indiana Deputy Fire Marshall by 7 days a week. Oh, EMS, Nurse, Master Firefighter, even a drag car racer. Let's talk about Fire Safety and prevention. Jeff and both his 'staffs' did just that this past week, going into the schools and addressing citizens about 'blazing hell' - which turns into trauma for someone. We learned not to play with matches, and graduated to smoke alarms and personal fire extengushers. But, MR and MRS TBI (or Miss), do you know when to use, HOW to use, or properly checked the fighting apperatice?
Need help? Take notes. This is a fantastic opportunity to discus fire, EMT and first-respoce questions. Have any? Ever been on the other side, where you was the FIRST needing response, but was, uh, knocked out or something?
More first responce of the lawful side is expected. Milton Police Chief Josh Russell may stop by, time permitting (busy schedule that EVER changes, he has) and discuss house and home safety, neighborhood watch programs and just what to do if that weird looking goblin' hangs around your house too long during Halloween. Josh is also an emergency responder, thank you God - he's done it at my house a FEW times. My version of C.O.P.S. - Concerned, Offering Police Service. Talk to an officer, share and trade TBI concerns of living alone, confussion and efforts by both us, and them. Register.
Yep, Sting said I could, so I'm playing The Police during breaks tonight....
MEEP MEEP!! ACME Cleaners, Inc...
Co-host Melissa Meeps joins me, and hopefully a lot of Peep's too, as we talk about cleaning out the house, literally and mentally. Usually reserved for March or April and 'Sprinig Cleaning' season, uh, I'm a little slow, so Fall it is. . So, before the LONG winter ahead for all of us clipped-winged Snow BIrds, I best clean 'my house' to my approval, so I an live more comfortable in quiet. And possibly, then come next year, I can LITERALLY make a LEAP in 2015 without solace. Admittedly, I struggle with folks that have NO SOCIAL skills in place. . Struggle hard. Sure, it frustrates me greatly that most Survivors re-learned 'friendships' from their past involvements, learned to share solid words on their own, without guidance (don't get me started there). The Big EYE, as in 'I' often overtakes recovery and puts us at our own level. Eventually, its time to come back home. Lot's of 'I's' in this world, a lot. I just spent the week lilstennig to many of our radio network's offerings. The "I's"' have it maxed out. Thanks listeners, for making TMDS about US....BTW: glitches in the 'routine' this week set me back, but Meeps! and Sam will lead the Way! If not, well, just another glitch WE have to overcome - with a smile!
Next week, Jeff Gabbard of the Indiana State Fire Marshall will be in studiio (for real), offering tips on FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY WEEK. 2013 Canadian 'Courage' Awardee and 2014 'Beyond Truama Super Hero' Michael Coss will call in from the great (soon to be) white north! We've each won the same, rarely issued awards in the past few years. Anticipate insperation from a pair of voices never before heard together (except by us).
Nope, not a Comedy Club where folks make fun of TBI, in fact let US TBI Survivors enjoy a night on the "town" (well, Connersville anyway)! Draining, a bit, sure. But smiled, laughed, observed, enjoyed, visited and certanly, was ready to go home. But after the show, which was over by 'funtastic' 10 p.m. Yes, in time for meds and beds.
Can you go out on the town? Make sure friends and trusted folks are around, if need be. But only if need be. Enjoy the moment, and most importantly - allow your 'date' or 'sidetripper' to enjoy the night too? Well, it takes practice to be social. So well discuss a few SOCIAL SKILLS tonight, which doesn't mean buying the next drink, or flirting beyond control.
I personally spent the evening with TMDS Medical Director Kevin Butterfild and crew on Saturday in his "comedian" role, which is every day, all day long. A survivor of a TBI at a young age, Kevin enjoys the moments of the day, well, usually that is. HA!!! He, funny man (and he is!) Jimmy Roberson open the nights parade of humor, ADULT HUMOR, Closed by Headliner Comic Matt Holt. Guess who recorded the show, for you to here. So, send the kids to bed in about an hour, and we'll listen in for an hour or so. Funny, with the normal comedy club routines of relationships, sex, gender, race if not creed. AND of course make fun of themselves too! Its a COMEDY SHOW. No pure predjudices or direct offensive remarks intended directly towards any one.
So, as we laugh and try to "enjoy" our brain injuries on TMDS every Sunday, enjoy with a toungue in cheek. Or what ever that is in your mouth....
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