From what they tell me, today was the day I got into my car accident and subsequent TBI. Is is difficult to be descriptive and accurate, as months prior and afterwards are completely blocked out. Deleted, erased, eleminated. How many years ago this happened is absent from any of my knowledge. But I am here, writing this, processing this, and that’s that. I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Take care and God bless!



     I am sure I am not alone when I say that “timing is everything.”  So, I scheduled a doctor appointment over the phone today.  As I hung up, I realized that I had ANOTHER DOCTOR APPOINTMENT SCHEDULED FOR THAT VERY SAME DAY ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE APPOINTMENT I HAD JUST SCHEDULED.

     What are my options?


  • Freak out and run around the house

  • Start sobbing uncontrollably

  • Take a nap

  • Pick one appointment over the other

  • Do not go to EITHER appointment

    I will let you know how it all turns out tomorrow!  God bless you and have a terrific Tuesday!


     Hello, everyone, and welcome to our “MINDING MATTERS” Monday!  It’s the beginning of the week and I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.

     We got some new plants and I would love to show you some pictures.  Our garden is growing, and along with that comes responsibility and care.  Not all of plants are the same, so they each need different amounts of water and different amounts of light.

     This is relevant to our TBIs, as none of them are the same.  We each require different amounts of sleep, nutrition, and physical and mental activity.  What works for you?  What does your doctors ask you to do?  What does your physical therapist ask you to do?  What does you psychologist and occupational therapist ask you to do?  Do you follow their advice?  Why or why not?  What can you do TODAY to make YOUR DAY productive and positive?

     Here is what my plans include:

  • Exercise

  • Practice my languages (because PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT)

  • Tend to our plants

     I will keep you updated!  God bless you and have a MINDFUL MONDAY!



    Hi, everyone!  What a week it’s been!  Our garden is growing and we are going to get some new plants this weekend.  I find a lot of pleasure in seeing them grow, but it doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes time.  I could say it takes a long time, but that’s all relative, isn’t it?  Maybe it’s fast to them, who knows?  

I am re-learning Spanish and learning German, and, to me, it seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.  But I do it every day, and I retain a little more each time.  That’s how it is, and I am learning to be okay with that.  It took me a while to re-learn how to read, write, and walk again, but that’s why we practice!

So, just keep on practicing, growing, and learning!  Practice makes perfect!  God bless you and have a wonderful weekend!

In Memoriam: Nobel Laureate Arvid Carlsson, a Pioneer in Parkinson’s Treatment — Dana Foundation

We regret to announce the loss of Dana Alliance member Arvid Carlsson, M.D., Ph.D., who passed away last Friday at 95 years old. Carlsson laid the groundwork for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease by discovering dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in motor function. In 2000, this research won him the Nobel […]

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Hello, everyone!  How are you doing today?  Well, we hope!  Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and I wonder if any of you have any special plans.

Do you think all of us could go on a “virtual picnic”?  I think a “virtual picnic” would be a better idea, as we now have almost 150 MEMBERS in the TBI Support Group of Duluth (and you don’t have to live/have lived in Duluth to be a part of the group, fyi!).  What would you like to bring?

  • water
  • bug spray
  • blankets
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • ham sandwiches
  • chips
  • dip
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • carrots
  • celery

That’s all I can think of at this moment.  Do any of you have any other ideas?  I thought of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for any vegetarians, but what about something for vegans?  Are any of you vegans?  Do any of you have dietary restrictions?

One more thing I just thought about.  Make sure you bring your medications because we might be out for a while!

If you can think of anything else that you need or would like to bring, let me know!  I think if we all pitch in, this can be a great time!

God bless you and take care!


     Hi, everyone!  How are you doing on this magnificent Monday?  If you are curious about how I started out this week, it was at the dentist.  Better to get it over with at the beginning of the week was my mentality.

    It wasn’t as bad as I thought, it had to be done, and now it’s over.  I feel fine and refreshed that I had this procedure done.  It is going to prevent future aches and pains and additional (and more expensive) problems down the line.

We have to find the time and take the time to TAKE CARE OF IT.   What tools do you utilize to stay on track?  Do you write it down?  Do you plug it into your phone?  Do you have an amazing memory/recall and just “remember” it?

Make sure you take some time to RELAX and ENJOY the summer, too!  I’m going to watch MTV classic 80s music videos!  God bless you all and take the time to take care of yourselves!