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July 16, 2018

Past Blast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly: TED Interview

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

“Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly: TED Interview”

(originally published April 28, 2014)

presented by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Gabby & Mark TED Intreview Apri 2014

When TED interviewer, Pat Richards, asked former Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords (who is recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a gunshot wound to her head), if she wanted the “old” Gabby Giffords back or whether she was embracing the “new” version of herself, Gabby emphatically said, “The New One! … Better! Stronge...

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Published on July 16, 2018 17:39

July 12, 2018

Survivors SPEAK OUT! . . . . Cheri Marie Johnson

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Survivors SPEAK OUT! Cheri Marie Johnson

presented by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Johnson, Cheri Marie Survivor 101717 2

1. What is your name? (last name optional)

Cheri Marie Johnson

2. Where do you live? (city and/or state and/or country) Email (optional)

Hayward, Wisconsin, USA

3. On what date did you have your brain injury? At what age?

September 11, 2016      I was 24.

4. How did your brain injury occur?

I fell down 27 stairs.

5. When did you (or someone) first realize you had a problem?

I was...

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Published on July 12, 2018 14:41

July 1, 2018

TBI Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knitting through the Honeymoon

An amazing honeymoon tale!

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Knitting through the Honeymoon

by Liza Spears



Donna O’Donnell Figurski

bride-and-groom-clipart-14I’ve been married for almost seven months. Since my wedding, I’ve knit twenty-five hats, five sweaters, three scarves, and one blanket.

I started my first “married life” knitting project on the third day of my honeymoon. It was a ribbed seed stitch hat in my wedding colors–deep reds and purples. I pretended that it was for my husband, even though I k...

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Published on July 01, 2018 10:43

Blog Tour Book Review – Left: A Love Story by Mary Hogan

Ms. Nose in a book

About Left

• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 19, 2018)

In this beautifully crafted novel from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of a woman who retreats into a fantasy world on New York City’s Upper West Side as she slowly loses her once whip-smart husband to dementia—perfect for fans of Still Alice.

When life falls apart, a little fantasy goes a long way…

It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay...

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Published on July 01, 2018 10:16

July 21, 2016

Resort Vaca Over

I admire your spirit and embrace your journey. You are truly a Trooper. And deserving of an honorable mention. You’ve taken control of your destiny. May you continue to stand T A L L, you are truly a GI A N T!

Penny's Blog

Well, I don’t know how many of you teammates have had the luxury of a 3 week, all-inclusive, 24/7 complete room service, resort vacation like I concluded at Emory University Hospital last Friday evening!Image result for beautiful hospital on the beach

Whew, talk about feeling loved and cared for – it was overwhel...

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Published on July 21, 2016 11:03

July 6, 2016

I will write when the children let me!

Yvonna Sherlock


The weather outside is bright and warm, the children don’t let me stay inside to write!

My day is run by two bosses, mySuperhero6 year old and my one year old Princess. I did not mean to spoil them not much but it happened. They demand my attention all day long, sometimes it gets overwhelming and stressful but I do love every minute. Theygrow so fastbutin my heart they will always be my little babies. Just like me they love going outside and even in the Texas heat we can alw...

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Published on July 06, 2016 05:19

June 18, 2016

Anne Mercier ( Gina’s Reviews )


Lullabye (Rockstar #6)Lullabye by Anne Mercier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG the babies are here!!!!!
such are great birth story!!! I have fallen in love with these characters, especially Xander, he so needs his own story and soon, there is so much more to him, all the guys need to have their stories told.
I cried so much with this series, such great characters, and I love the babies names, I don’t want to give them away, and I still picture a young, sexy Adam Levine when I read about Jesse. L...

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Published on June 18, 2016 18:01

June 14, 2016

Book Review: Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

Ms. Nose in a Book

17933522Title: Please Don’t TellbyLaura Tims
Genre:Young Adult Fiction – Thriller
Length: 336pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open wi...

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Published on June 14, 2016 11:49

May 30, 2016

Blog Tour Book Review: Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

Ms. Nose in a Book

Girls on Fire coverAbout Girls on Fire

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 17, 2016)

Three girls went into the woods; two came out.

It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.

Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerv...

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Published on May 30, 2016 20:15

April 6, 2016

3 Questions Wednesday with Vanessa Fortenberry

3 Questions Wednesday welcomes children’s author and inspirational speaker, Vanessa Fortenberry. I first met Vanessa at a writer’s conference in Atlanta and we’ve been chatting ev…

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Published on April 06, 2016 18:49