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About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and adult caregiving.

Love/Hate relationship with SLEEP

Some people call it anxiety. Some people call it the inability to let go of the past. I call it NOT FUN. Not relaxing. Not being whisked off to a blissful state of mind. Not enjoying that re-energizing couple of … Continue reading

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Calm down and breathe

One thing that I need to learn is to but one foot in front of the other. Take a second, breathe and break down tasks into smaller more manageable ones. Maybe in my super planner I can write down my … Continue reading

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Worry = nothing

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34-5 Even Jesus makes a point to live in the present moment, or mindfulness. We can only control what we … Continue reading

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Its beginning to look a lot…

Like Christmas! Everywhere you go… Today was the first day that the little boy that I babysit before school and (sometimes) after school let me play Christmas music- and he was evwn singing along some! Makes me so happy to … Continue reading

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Too early for the holidays?

A lot of people like to wait until after Thanksgiving or until DECEMBER (the shock!) to get in the holiday mood.  But in the beginning of November? Is that really allowed?  I must admit, that my husband and I did … Continue reading

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A princess remembered

Check out @TODAYshow’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1035493890495840256?s=09 Remembering Princess Diana who passed away on this date 21 years ago. This happened 6days before my car accident 21 years ago, and when I came out of my coma- I thought I was in … Continue reading

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How to be happy: 4 tips from positive psychology researchers

How to be happy: 4 tips from positive psychology researchers https://www.today.com/health/how-be-happy-4-tips-positive-psychology-researchers-t136322 Yale’s most popular class teaches happiness: 6 lessons you can practice now By A. Pawlowski TODAY 4/13/2018 When Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos set out to teach a … Continue reading

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packing for a trip

Ahhh! Wait, going on a trip? and we have to like, PACK? Nevermind that I’ve known for it for like 2 months; everything’s always put off until the day/night before- THAT’S THE WAY WE DO IT…Running around like a “chicken … Continue reading

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The dinner making conundrum

I am currently in charge of the housework and Chazz (doggie) care, and the occasional babysitting job, so there is really no excuse for me not to be more proficient in the kitchen.  My husband would call me when he’s … Continue reading

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Faces of Trauma

Decisions can change your life in the blink of an eye.  A friend on my cheerleading squad asked for a ride home and the next thing I knew, I was falling off the bed in a hospital.    September 6, … Continue reading

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