It's not like you have cancer or something This really hurts my feelings, that someone would have the nerve to say that. No one knows what it's like to have a brain injury or concussion until they have one, just like no one can know what it's like to have cancer until they have it. … Continue reading Don’t tell me it’s not that bad
The best part of the holiday season is, for many of us, spending time with our family and friends. This time full of parties and other gatherings with friends and family may be difficult for TBI survivors, I mean so many people and so much noise can get a little difficult, at least for me. … Continue reading Tips for the holidays
There is something you can't have enough of in your life and that's good friends, those who are always there. I have talked about this before but I'm lucky enough to have more than a few of those. Two of them took me out for my birthday this weekend and it made my birthday even … Continue reading A different kind of celebration
Today my friend Fransheska and I decided we wanted to cook a meal together. I have not really cooked in 5 years, not a real meal on the stove and chopping and mixing ingredients in a pan, kind of cooking. So I decided that I had to make something with a lot of ingredients that … Continue reading Cooking with Maria and Fransheska
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I thought I knew how hard a therapist's job was from working as a summer camp counselor at Float Aquatic Therapy, but that wasn't even half the work. This weekend, I had the chance to participate in a three day workshop hosted by Float, in which we learned techniques and the basic principles of the … Continue reading Aquatic Therapy Bootcamp
Today we were celebrating my grandfather's 80th birthday, for this, one of his daughters planned something bigger than the usual immediate family lunch or dinner. This is a big birthday, so the celebration was a little bigger than usual. His friends, sister, brother in law and nieces were also invited. After lunch, before having cake, … Continue reading Friends/family
First of all, Happy Valentine's Day! Did you know Valentine's day is not just for people in love? Yes it's also for friends and family, but St. Valentine is also the patron saint of epilepsy. There are a few theories as to why he is the saint of epilepsy, such as the German word for … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day
I'm thankful for my family, my friends, the opportunities I've been given, and for being here today. Thank you all for reading and being a part of my journey to be a writer. I'm thankful for the process I have been through, for making me the woman I am today and for everyone who has … Continue reading I’m thankful for…
I'm back home after a great weekend with family in New Jersey. I was with my three aunts, my uncle and three cousins. I got to visit one of my cousins in college, walk around the outlets in Atlantic City, and fight with the youngest one (not really fighting, just goofing around), proving that I'm … Continue reading Weekend full of memories
There is a very important group of people that I cannot leave out. These people dedicate their lives to help people and they outdid themselves helping me. I do not remember a lot of these great people, since they took care of me when I was in a comma or shortly after that but they … Continue reading Thank you to my doctors, nurses and therapists
You never know who your friends are You've heard that phrase right? Well I always thought it was a negative phrase and in some cases it is, you think some people are your friends, but they just run away the moment something goes wrong. I don't see it that way anymore. Now I see that … Continue reading Friends in Syracuse
Today let's talk about two people; Susie and Carlos, my manager and my motivator. These two have been in my life for about 16 years, since they have been friends with my mom. Susie and Carlos have become part of our family, joining my family during holidays and birthdays, and we are always there for each … Continue reading Susie and Carlos
A very important part in my rehabilitation has been the large support group I have, from my family and friends, to friends of friends. There has always been someone there to help, from getting a job, a doctor, or medicine, to just talking. I will not forget all those people who have been there to … Continue reading My support group
Last night, one of my best friends got married. This girl, who I met about 16 years ago, and I have shared good and bad times together, and have experienced some very, very funny moments with, is now married. When I met her, sixteen years ago, I didn't think I would be going to her … Continue reading Congrats Mr. And Mrs.!