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kazuko ogasawara (
Date:Tue 04 Jan 2011 09:27:06 AM EST
Subject:AVM and TBI /thank you for your insight
 Hello, Jill I didn't read your book until now although I knew about it and have seen you a little in TED. I was so curious but afraid that if I read your story about a miraculous recovery of a super-brainy scientist, I would be weary of it. Having suffered a severe TBI and still having problem in memorising anything that was said moments ago and feeling like stupid and losing my self-confidence. However, after reading your book, I was so touched by your insight and now I would like to say I am glad I have read it. And I will read again. You are truly magnificent, and I am fan of your mother. Dear jill, after a decade, you said you have completely recovered but, are you still in the process of recovery? In my case, I spoke several languages and each language is different in the way it was affected. PS I would like to donate my brain, but since I am not American, it may not be possible. Thank you & Love Kazu

Serena Formby (
Date:Wed 15 Dec 2010 09:25:11 PM EST
Subject:They call me the Miracle of 2008...
 On December 23, 2007, while in the Grand Cayman Islands visiting one of my girlfriends from high school. I suffered a brain hemorrhage. I don't remember anything from the night I went to sleep, until I woke up in the St. David's hospital in Austin, Texas. Which was about two months later. I was found on my girlfriend's living room floor after I had thrown up all over her living room and then passed out on the floor. When she could not wake me, she called 911. They later found my head full of blood. 24 hours had passed, then she and I were flown over Cuba into Miami, along with two nurses and doctor. My head was shaved bald and they drilled a whole in my head and put me in a coma for 14 days, while they drained 4.5 bags of blood from my head. On the 12th day, the bleeding stopped. Then they unhooked me from everything on the 14th day. I spent about a month and a half at Miami Regional Hospital, then was flown home along with my Mother to Austin. I stayed in the St. David's Hospital in Austin for almost six months. I don't remember any of my stay in Miami... except about 30 seconds, where I woke up and talked to my Neuro-surgeon, and then passed out. I am so thankful that I don't remember all of the trauma of getting put into the coma, or for that matter all the pain I was in. I do remember being in the hospital in Austin, and having to learn how to talk better, walk again. My long term memory is intact, thank God. But, my short term memory is still not that great, but I have moments of improvement. I fought hard to get out of the hospital. I worked for a State agency for almost 15 years as a Web Administrator/Graphic Designer... I was afraid of losing my job. I was released a month early, since I had improved enough from rehab, and then shortly returned back to work. However, for some reason... I was not allowed to assume my work. I sat there for a few weeks, until they finally gave me a "research" project. Yeah, let's give a brain injured person a research project. What would have normally took me about two weeks, took me almost two months... I double checked myself several times... but they still told me I had errors? Of something that I was asked to report of what my opinion was of a website. Then they moved to another position... the Supply Room. At the time, I thought they were going to fire me, but they just moved me into the closet instead. Afraid, I might do or say something wrong? Who knows? I am thankful that was able to keep a job, and my pay was not reduced, which was odd to me at the time, but I was thankful of that too. About a year later, my job position was eliminated in the following years budget. How calculating was that? But, no worries... what comes around... goes around. I hope to find something within State work again, in order to meet our "Rule of 80", so I can go ahead and retire... time will tell on that one. I have been out of work since June of 2009. I am still looking. I have applied for more than 100 jobs and not one interview. I know that times are hard out there.. so I try not to beat myself up over it, but some days it is hard. I hope to write a book about my ordeal, in hopes that the details of things will help those who are going through similar issues. I also would love to volunteer with brain injured patients, to help them keep a good attitude, so they may see that there is a light at the end of the long tunnel. Attitude is everything! I have not always been a very religious person, but my FAITH has always been strong. I know God brought me back for a reason, just going with the flow until I see what the reason is. Until then, I will tell my story when I can, in hopes to inspire others to be thankful for the lives they have, and live deeply and love strongly and enjoy every moment they get in life... stop taking life for granted! I loved your book very much, a girlfriend from my previous job let me borrow it. You have helped me tremendously, and I thank you. No one said life would be easy, but we might as well dance while we are here! Enjoy Your Day! Serena Formby Austin, Texas The Miracle of 2008!

Elaine Gantz Wright (
Date:Sun 28 Nov 2010 11:39:32 PM EST
Subject:My Mother's Stroke
 I have found your book a remarkable glimpse into my mother's new world. she suffered a blockage stroke in January of this year -- impairing almost the entire left brain. Have been musing about the very essence of our being -- where is the soul in relationship to language and cognition? What do you think. Peace, Elaine

Jennifer Field (
Date:Sun 07 Nov 2010 03:05:04 PM EST
Subject:Survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury,
 Dear Jill, My name is Jennifer Field. I have recovered from a traumatic Brain injury. I couldn't walk or talk, and my right side was paralyzed. 18 years ago I had an automobile accident, was 2 months in a coma, and suffered a Diffuse Close head Injury. I have most;y recovered. I perform a one woman show now, called: A Distant Memory. I have performed it at some rehab centers on the East and West Coast. I am creating a keynote presentation, and hope to get in to a Speakers Bureau. I have read your book, and would love to be in touch... and any help you could give me! Thank you, Jennifer Field

robyn (
Date:Sat 06 Nov 2010 05:56:41 AM EDT
Subject:migraines and stroke
 i would like to know what is, if any relationship between migraines and having a stroke. given migraines have some of the stroke symtoms and i have heard that a migraine is a mini form of a stroke, should i be worried?

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