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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Spreading TBI word through Rotary . . .

I love to "spread the word" and educate people about Traumatic Brain Injury. This was my goal when I wrote my memoir. I wanted people to read it and think "yes, I get it -- I get what it's like to live with a Traumatic Brain Injury."

First I wrote it, and now I want to speak it (the word)!

My next attempt at speaking "the word" is coming up on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in Pleasanton, California at the Rotary Club International meeting. The meeting averages 60 people. I'm not at all nervous and very excited (okay, maybe just a little nervous). I've already done a couple presentations at Brain Injury Support Groups in Utah, but that's different because TBI Survivors already "get it."

I will speak for 20 - 25 minutes and then open it for about 5 minutes of questions. I'm eager to see what people will ask because it seems like the injury has become more and more prevalent and more and more people know someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My One Origami Wish: make my TBI disappear

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota (my home state!) has a goal to collect 100,000 folded origami cranes! WOW.

How can you help? Unless you are interested in folding origami cranes yourself, I'd love it if you could help in the following way:

1. Fellow TBI Survivor (from MN too!) is folding 1,000 cranes (a bold move) and has developed her own fundraiser to donate $1,000 to this project ($1 for each crane, an even bolder move).

2. Go HERE to donate (any little bit helps, she has just over $300 left to go)

On behalf of the 1.7 million people who sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!