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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Do you really understand how beautiful the brain is?

The defense and brain injury center in Washington, D.C. funds a wonderful website at

It gives great, helpful resources and very well-written information for TBI Survivors. I love it. What I love even more, is that this last update included a beautiful article entitled, "Brain Beautiful".

Click HERE to read this fabulous article.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Old Skool Halo Brace

My RWMC visit in Nebraska is now passed and it was a lot of fun, and very eerie for my parents. Of course, I don't remember any part of being in the hospital, but my parents certainly do!

"It smells the same," Dad said. And Mom pointed out the table they always sat at in the cafeteria. I saw my two respiratory therapists (they still work there and still remember me!), a couple nurses who took care of me, and my neuro-surgeon, Dr. Beehler.

Dr. Beehler is 84 years old now. He claims to remember my case but could not recall all the details. "You fractured your neck, right?" he said.

"Yes, you put a Halo Brace on me!"

Then he said something that surprised me. "We don't do the Halo Brace anymore," he said. "That's old skool. Now we fuse the bones back together . . . " or something to that effect. He was sort of giggling because my accident was long ago and medicine has progressed so much.

"You were alive back when we used Halo Braces?" That's what the next generation of doctors will say about my case.

I feel old.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My return to RWMC 15 years later . . .

RWMC = Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

It's been more than 15 years since I was a patient in the ICU at this hospital, and they've bringing me back! I'm honored to be invited to their first ever annual "Trauma Survivor's Tea." It will give me a chance to reconnect with some of the important people who took such great care of me after my car accident.

Click HERE to read News at Regional West