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  • 02:58

    NEW YEAR - NOW WHAT 2016

    in Motivation

    Welcome to 2016 for many they just finished their first work day of the New Year.  We get right back into the hustle and bustle of our normal crazy schedules.  Life just keeps happening, it’s funny that way.  Many have already forgotten their resolutions, and are stuck in the routines.  Clinging on to the baggage of yester year.  



    It is time to have the best year ever, it is time to let go of the things that are out of our control and the pain inside each of us have.  It is time to live a life based on who we are today not who we were yesterday.  Building a life of meaning based on what we can do not what we used to do or can’t do.  It is time to live a life where we appreciate who we are and what we offer.  It is time to be you!!



    We need your stories of how you have overcome disability and the journey that has made you who you are, sharing hope, inspiration and the possibility that there is life after disability.  And a life that can be great and meaningful, and what it takes.. Please share tonight.


     

  • 02:03

    Survival Zone

    in Radio

    Survival after brain injury is harder than anyone knows. But even as hard as it is it is possible. That’s what the survival zone is all about. "What is Possible?"

    Craig and Cheryl will share how through creativity and hope we can live a life that is meaningful, complete. Not easy but a life that you can love. One that gives us pride and purpose even through the hard times, which there can be a lot of. As well we will be featuring out beyond survival team, Brandon, Nicki and Cory who will add much creativity and perspectives. This is a show you don't want to miss.

    Let us brain storm how we can make this life, a life living with brain injury one that we can be at peace with, one that we can hold our heads up high, as we navigate obstacles that most will never understand. And how we can be the beam of light called hope for others.

  • 02:29

    Memories Of Pain - the forgotten survivors

    in Radio

    Here we go countdown to Christmas, and the holidays.  Holidays are a time of reflection and remembrance and a time to celebrate the people in our lives.  For many survivors this is a time of year where these memories are only pain.  The pain of those who would not or could not wait for us to heal.  Because of the amount of time it takes to come back from a brain injury people forget and discount us one by one.  Till in many cases no one is left.  And by the time the survivor gets a chance to see any clarity after brain injury their whole life has crumbled into ashes.
    As each year passes the memories become harder and more painful.  So overwhelming to one’s soul that the hope for death is our greatest hope.  A hope for peace.  We the survivors are no longer a part of the life we once had.  We never had a chance.  The thoughts that race through our heads, the thoughts of not being worth it to a single person.  And anyone who might be the slightest part of our life have discounted us and gone, mental and hopeless.  Yet here we are trapped inside this vessel that was who we were ignored, disliked and misunderstood.
    Like it or not we have been called to a higher purpose whatever that means.  But find that purpose we must because the powers of darkness and negativity are there constantly to remind us of our unworthiness.  Together we can help each other discover our individual purposes that is the glue to the universe.  Yes our loss is tragic and hard, and feels so unfair.  But we were picked by the universe for something greater than ourselves.  And like it or not it is our destiny, a destiny that we can live or fight. 
    Share you journey tonight, help create a discussion that can be shared to help other begin their journey!  


     

  • The Dark Side of Brain Injury - surviving a decade

    in Non-Profit

    It is 10 years today, that a drunk driver changed my life forever. The decade has seemed like an eternity that has kept my heart in a vise squeezing, squeezing every day. The majority of the people who were in my life are no more, and even though I have been blessed with so many people in my life, life is hard.


    Life is lonely, dark and empty many days, the inability of my brain to process like it should leaving people shaking their heads as well as me. How one day can be good and then the next bad plagued by headaches and inadequacies of the soul for being who I am.


    I have learned more about life in the last 10 than i did the first 30 years. I have learned about people and how they are. I have learned so much about the dark nature of people, more than I ever wanted to learn. But this is the world that I now live in, the world that I must survive, for me it has very much been an apocalypse, but I feel more like the zombie than human.  But this is the world I must find a way to live in, and survivors must learn to live life, be who we are meant to be.  I can’t imagine another 10 years but here we go, love to hear others who live in what seems to be the apocalypse together we will more than survive.

  • 03:03

    New Years Eve Bash - With Craig & Kim Ringing in the New Year (prerecorded)

    in Radio

    Here we go into 2016 A New Year, the best year so far, let us bring it in together, sharing our successes and failures.  We all have some of each, let share so we all can have the best year yet, 2016 is going to be incredible, best ever.  In 2015 we made lots of changes, lots of new leaders and a philosophy to let those things fail that are meant to fail.   And to let those things succeed that are meant to succeed and they did. 


    Let us lift each other up in support, as we bring in the New Year for each time zone together for all 4 time zones starting east going west.  Together we can achieve all things.  I am so excited about 2016 and all that it will bring.  All that we shall make of it join in the party as we celebrate a year of blessing that is to come.


    We'd like to thank our listener's for supporting BIRN, so we can carry that support out to others. Together we can and are, making a difference.

  • 03:03

    New Years Eve Bash - With Craig & Kim Ringing in the New Year

    in Radio

    Here we go into 2016 A New Year, the best year so far, let us bring it in together, sharing our successes and failures.  We all have some of each, let share so we all can have the best year yet, 2016 is going to be incredible, best ever.  In 2015 we made lots of changes, lots of new leaders and a philosophy to let those things fail that are meant to fail.   And to let those things succeed that are meant to succeed and they did. 


    Let us lift each other up in support, as we bring in the New Year for each time zone together for all 4 time zones starting east going west.  Together we can achieve all things.  I am so excited about 2016 and all that it will bring.  All that we shall make of it join in the party as we celebrate a year of blessing that is to come.


    We'd like to thank our listener's for supporting BIRN, so we can carry that support out to others. Together we can and are, making a difference.


     

  • 01:10

    Brain Injury Communication with Michael Idell - Let's Stop The Labels

    in Education

    Join me, Michael W Idell this Friday February 5th at 5:30 p.m. till 6:50 p.m. Pacific time ( that's 8:30 p.m. till 9:50 p.m. Eastern Time ) on Brain Injury Radio Network as your host.


    The topic of the week is "Let's Stop the Labels".


    People with disabilities should be looked at by their abilities not what they're incapable of doing. There needs to be a stop with degradation segregation stereotypes and no one deserves to be pitied.


    Many people with disabilities have more drive, initiative, and motivation more than most "normal" lazy people do without a disability.


    Please call into our radio show  at 424-243-9540. The show is recorded for FCC purposes. Please share with your groups and friends.

  • 02:02

    The Matt Duffin Show - Super Sports Fuss

    in Radio

    We shall flip through a few social and basic brain injury Coping Skills, as I cope with the end of Payton Manning's carrer.  We will discuss much, but after 10:30, unless you can talk Saddi into picking up the mic.  A couple of speakers will stop by, and a couple of rock and roll songs if need be.  I said, 10:30.  Usually we on TMDS are very curteous and accept VERY early calls, which eliminates my preparation, and that's cool.  I'd rather talk Live! with someone than, uh, "teach"'.


     


    We will rock, we will ralk.  Probably laugh, go ahead and "get my goose" for being 'late'.  Or, is that when you turned us on anyway.  And, TMDS is a Support Group, yes World Wide (Super Bowl is like our 'Football' championship or Cricket title).  Check it out, there are some really neat commercials, no matter what country you are from.


     


    Bring the leftover chips, and BYOB (as always) let's rock!  And, as a lifelong Colts fan, man this hurts but 'Go Bronco's;'  Nary a concussion fella's...

  • 01:23

    Another Fork in the Road: Responsible Resolutions Cam Compton & Lisa Dryer

    in Education

    Brain injury survivors, Lisa Dryer and Cam Compton join me to discuss reasonable and responsible and realistic resolutions in the new year. Cam and Lisa both are challenged by many health issues. Lisa is living with Multiple Sclerosis, (MS.) and Cam had a stroke nearly four years ago. Their debilitating illnesses take a toll on each of their lives. Were going to find out how Cam and Lisa approach resolutions in the new year, how they decide if they are reasonable challenges, and how they attack their illnesses to make their lives better.


    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, or a door literally slamming one in the face are just some causes of traumatic brain injury. College plans, walking down the aisle in the perfect dress, or the coveted job quickly slip 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.



    Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Blog: survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com


    Donna's Blog: donnaodonnellfigurski.wordpress.com

  • 03:00

    My Shadow and Me: Healthy Habits w/Benefits

    in Radio

    Welcome to the show that explores everything psychological and biological, this is My Shadow and Me.  We continue our series of shows based on simplifying our health with our latest show, “Healthy Habits w/Benefits”.  With healthy behaviors, comes healthy habits, but nothing worth having is ever easy.  We’ll be discussing the benefits of forming healthy habits, specifically, how that can affect our brains and biology as a whole.  Beyond just this, our discussion will tackle the topics of what it takes to achieve our health goals and how sacrifice, hard-work, and patience are vital components to achieving anything worth having.  Please join our host, Nick Mehrnoosh, and his Producer Dale, as they attempt to thoughtfully convey these important messages.

  • 00:35

    The Author Chat Show with Lynda D. Brown

    in Books

    Meet author Gabriella Kovac. She'll be joining me on the Author Chat show to discuss her new book, Georgina: Holocaust Survivor Stories.


    About the book:


    December 1944, whilst heavy snows fall over Budapest and soldiers battle for the streets, Georgina, a young Jewish woman, is nearly starving to death with her newborn son.


    The battle outside is one of the most savage of the entire war. She
    knows that to go into is virtually a death sentence. But she must find food within the next few hours or her baby will certainly die.
    For Georgina there is no choice. Alone and completely vulnerable, she heads out into the freezing cold.


    About the author:


    Gabriella Kovac was born in Hungary, Just after the Second World War had drawn to a close. She lived through the Hungarian uprising against the Communists in 1956, and remembers vividly Russian tanks sitting under her bedroom window. Through the genius of her mother Georgina, their family managed to leave the Communist bloc and come to Australia in 1957. Gabriella is a passionate public speaker, chef (her favourite dish is Hungarian Goulash) and has been very successful in fashion, even authoring the book "Magic Drafting," which can also be found on Amazon. Throughout her life, Gabriella has been inspired by her mother's amazing tenacity, enthusiasm and will to live.