Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

Help Folks Understand—Living with a Brain Injury

Help Folks Understand- Living with a Brain Injury Another Fork in the Road, on Brain Injury Radiohosted by Donna O’Donnell Figurski Brain injury is one of the most common and least talked about injuries. The injury itself remains hidden, but its impact affects survivors every day. How do we help others understand what’s really going … Read more


I suffered many losses to the Bloody Brain. But I feel as if for every loss there was a gain. In fact, I feel that the gains far outweigh the losses. After the bleeds, I had to take a crash course in asking for help. Learning to share my vulnerabilities did not come easily to … Read more

Memories of Memories

What prompted me to look up the messages people sent me while I was in hospital for the brain surgeries? I sit here, tears streaming down my cheeks. I’ve read these messages several times already. And each time, I’ve become emotional, inconsolable. I always remain fraginle for the rest of the day. Sometimes it lasts … Read more


A friend suggested that I give a talk at a conference entitled “Women Of Resilience.” I wasn’t sure why she would think I would be an appropriate choice for a speaker. I wasn’t even sure about the meaning of the word—I had a vague notion that resilience had something to do with strength, which seemed … Read more

The Inevitable

Sometimes it gets to me. I can’t let it hold me back. I won’t let it hold me back. I want to live. I have to live. I refuse to give in. But sometimes, I have no choice. Sometimes, the Bloody Brain leaves me floundering. I don’t mean headaches. I don’t mean poor balance. Or … Read more

Axe Overhead

I could not get up, literally. I couldn’t move. I was lying on my right side in an uncomfortable position, but when I tried to shift to the other side, I couldn’t. I tried to raise my head, but it wouldn’t. I was in a weird state of mind—not afraid, just a bit puzzled. I … Read more