Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

I can't quite figure out what just happened, but I am getting there. I nearly died from coronavirus pneumonia. My wife, our two sons, their girlfriends and I all met in San Diego for a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. While there all six of us got sick, but only my wife Shelly and I had symptoms … Continue reading Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

I'm currently working on a piece that discusses the highs and lows of my 53 days away from home. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few short videos of my recent release and "jailbreak" towards home. https://youtu.be/CD921BC64RI Out of the room & moving down the hall.... https://youtu.be/vSfXu1ReX5o My wife, Shelly, pushing me towards … Continue reading The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

KEEP PLAYING

The "Keep Playing" email is an uplifting start to each day for us at Fairway Independent Mortgage. Originally it was written daily by Jake, our founder & CEO, Steve Jacobson. Now every day a different person from our company shares a little piece of themselves. Last year I shared my 9/11 story. Today I shared … Continue reading KEEP PLAYING

My Wife. My Hero.

8 years ago today Shelly’s life was forever changed by that freak accident in our kitchen.We learned how fortunate we were that it didn’t take her life.I think back to those early days where she was unable to walk or talk, and I am amazed at the progress that she has continually made to get … Continue reading My Wife. My Hero.

My Blessings of Joy

It’s now day 50-something of staying home. I’ve often written about how not many years ago I began the ability of seeing and expressing gratitude within my life. Once this ability presented itself, I have been able to look at life completely differently. Prior to this I teetered between feeling sorry for myself and being … Continue reading My Blessings of Joy

My Wife’s Life-Changing Freak Accident & her Battle with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

I originally shared the story of Shelly's inspiring journey almost two years ago. It's since been published by sites such as The Mighty and Love What Matters as well as being shared by MSN and Yahoo. I updated the piece for the Elephant Journal. Last week they published it on their site. Below is the … Continue reading My Wife’s Life-Changing Freak Accident & her Battle with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

New Traditions for Getting Through the 4th of July With a TBI and PTSD

I originally posted this last year and it seemed to help others facing similar circumstances, so with a few updates...here it is again…. The Fourth of July always was such a special day at our house. Shelly loves to entertain and she is so good at it. Each year we would host a fantastic party … Continue reading New Traditions for Getting Through the 4th of July With a TBI and PTSD

My Wife’s Mask for the Unmasking Brain Injury Project

March is brain injury awareness month. The goal this month is to make people more aware of the causes, symptoms and prevention of traumatic brain injuries. I recently read that over 3.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. My wife Shelly just surpassed the 6-year anniversary of her injury. Her life has … Continue reading My Wife’s Mask for the Unmasking Brain Injury Project

Making New Traditions on the 4th of July with PTSD

The 4th of July always was such a special day at our house. Shelly loves to entertain and she is so good at it. Each year we would host a fantastic party with friends and family. It was a day that Shelly would look forward to like no other. She would do so much planning … Continue reading Making New Traditions on the 4th of July with PTSD

Fear is a by-product of Grief

Over twenty-seven years ago my world was shattered in an instant by a careless driver. I have chronicled here in this blog how I have put the pieces of my life back together over the past quarter century. As I have put my life back together, my amazing immediate family consists of my wife, Shelly, … Continue reading Fear is a by-product of Grief