Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Why I Believe My TBI Was A Gift













Not too long ago I had a conversation with the folks at the Keep Your Head Up Foundation, a TBI support group out of Canada, and a particular topic grew naturally out of that conversation. How we all believed on some level that what we went through in our brain trauma experience was a gift. So, I told them I'd write a blog for them with that topic in mind, but I couldn't find the time to write it, or I would say I was avoiding writing it. Eventually, when I found the time or that time found me, this flowed out in a matter of minutes. So, I guess it needed some time to marinate. Please give it a read and pass it along if you feel called to do so. 🙏❤️ Thank you KYHU for your kindness and support.


Please jump over to the KYHU website to read the article.


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Raising Awareness



I’d like to introduce you to, Serious Bernie. He doesn’t do a lot of public appearances so this is certainly a special occasion. 

Serious Bernie discusses the details of his bicycle injury as well as the lasting effects of TBI, the importance of creativity, and so much more within this discussion with Kristy Mandour of The Closet Series on Youtube. Kristy is a writer, speaker, energy leader, presentation coach…and an angel on earth.  

When Kristy heard I was raising awareness for Love Your Brain, she immediately wanted to help…and the idea of this discussion was born. After it was published I quickly met my goal, but I believe this video is not necessarily about raising funds but raising awareness. You can still donate if you feel called to do so, too, either through purchasing a book or directly (links below). Please watch the video to understand the purpose a little more, too. Fair warning, this is a deep dive into some serious stuff, but it’s all therapeutic, and pass it on to whoever you think it will help. 

Please check out LoveYourBrain when you can to understand their purpose more and I think you'll agree on this to be a worthy organization. My fundraising efforts for them are twofold; 

  1. Donating directly to this page I’ve set up on their website: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3611709
  2. I’ll also donate 100% of the profits of my book to LYB from Thanksgiving to the New Year: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1072707683
Thank you all for your continued support. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Glorious Days, Beautiful Dreams, etc, etc, etc…

Friday, November 26, 2021

Help Find Wonder In Your Brain

In the year 2000, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) after falling from a bicycle near the Charles River in Boston, MA. At the scene, I fractured my skull, had an extensive laceration, was rendered unconscious for about 24 hours, and spent about a week in the hospital. I spent several months in speech therapy learning important skills and techniques to return closer to my original self. Although I healed physically, a TBI has a lingering effect that continues to wreak havoc over time, keeping you from ever being that person you were before. Needless to say, this is not an easy road. Eventually, my path post-TBI would help me understand this other person I had become, relying heavily on creativity, movement, family, friends, mindfulness, and spirituality. Which led me toward sharing parts of my journey in my book (Find Wonder in the Ordinary; A Kid's Book for Adults). The book helped a fair amount of people with seeing the world differently, and what I didn’t expect is how well it was received well by anyone who had also suffered a TBI. Always surprising me how many people I would meet at book signings or other events that went through something similar. 
I've always hoped sharing my story would be my small way to help others, and now I'm hoping I can do more partnering with the right charitable organization. I decided to work with LoveYourBrain, not just because of how well their work helps others with similar obstacles, but also how well their core values aligned with mine. Please check out LoveYourBrain when you can to understand their purpose more and I think you'll agree on this to be a worthy organization. My fundraising efforts for them are two fold; 
  1. Donating directly to this page I’ve set up on their website: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3611709
  2. I’ll also donate 100% of the profits of my book to LYB from Thanksgiving to the New Year: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1072707683
Thank you all for your continued support. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Winner of 2 Gold Medals by Feathered Quill Book Awards

https://www.amazon.com/Find-Wonder-Ordinary-Kids-Adults

Find Wonder in the Ordinary won 2 gold medals from the respected Feathered Quill Book Awards. One for best Inspirational Book and one for best Animal Book (adult). Since it won the Animal Book category it also was recognized with the special "Feathered Quill Be Kind to Animals Award". We are so honored for this acknowledgment!


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