Fatherhood, TBI and What It Means To Me

Fatherhood, TBI and What It Means To Me



Fatherhood, TBI and What It Means To Me! What a bold statement, eh, right? All in one statement. It means the world for me as a TBI survivor and three items that are not normally  associated with traumatic brain injury I am sorry to say.

The Fatherhood Part, of TBI and What It Means To Me

What doesn’t it mean to me is more like it, being a dad is everything to me and I have been his go to guy since he was born. Continue reading “Fatherhood, TBI and What It Means To Me”



I feel like I need to explain myself to my family and friends bout my recent acknowledgement of Cannabis use in my life with a brain injury.  So, with that said, here we go…

Nadine and I advocating family leadership and brain injury support in Washington DC a few years back.

I was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury in 1994, the words “my life ended but I did not die” never did seem more true. (thanks for the phrase, Kara Swanson!)

I want to raise awareness to the brain injured population that CBD and THC may improve your life, although it may not be for everybody. And that’s where I want my family leadership training attributes to shine through. I am boldly going where no family leader has gone and I do hope I get FLTI to think outside the box and to continue to support me.

I do qualify to get a Colorado medical cannabis red card from the state but I chose not to go there because I feel it’s an elite club where you have to buy in for $40 a year to get high caliber medical weed doses and pricing of Cannabis where rec priced weed is still expensive but OK by me, I just may need a second or third dose to get me where I need to be. For that $40 yearly fee, I would rather save my elusive cash and work on my politics of feeling good.

The use of CBD and THC to ease the devastating effects of brain injury including the suppressing cannabanoidsinvoluntary muscle contractions on the right side of my body, improve myself/my well being to a more improved state of body/state of mind as well as reducing the chronic body pain I used to have from my broken back and suffering right knee. It also heightens my body/mind awareness to allow me to finally accept and acknowledge that I do have a TBI (which has always been something I never have liked to admit), has worked miracles for me and finally my personal acceptance. I am who I am… The list of benefits goes on and on and I do not need to provide further proof of benefits beyond what I have already posted. Continue reading “THC CBD and TBI”

The Ultimate TBI Challenge

The Ultimate TBI ChallengeTBI, The Ultimate TBI Challenge

I have been home for four days now from The Ultimate TBI Challenge only a TBI survivor like me can have.

I have been a Stay at Home Dad since day one of my son’s 13 years of life so dealing with the issue at hand was not that big of deal, the challenge I faced was that I was in France, did not speak the language and we were on an educational walking tour where we strode over 30 miles.  I asked him everyday, “do you want to go along or stay on the bus like we did for a 1/2 day at the beginning, or do you want to stay at the hotel. Mind you, we have no car and the hotel was in the country or on the seashore and there ere no stores or restaurants near by. Continue reading “The Ultimate TBI Challenge”

Have To Get My Game On

Have To Get My Game On, Failure Is No OptionGet My Game On

So much for just cruising with a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) for a while, I got a job!  Well sort of job that is, now I gotta get my game on. TBI Insider topics will be taking a back seat here and my job whines will be populating the bandwidth.

Too bad the position pays nothing, as far as I can tell, but if this will get my back to being a family leader insider then it’s all good.

I have been a state of Colorado certified family leader (FLTI, or Family Leadership Training Institute) since 2010 and they have a yearly Summit convention for the 500+ certified family leaders. Doing so put me in perfect alignment on working on jobs with no pay, again. I have attended this Summit only once and having been tasked as the Committee Family Leader to organize the day long agenda of breakout meeting educational programming. Continue reading “Have To Get My Game On”

Going Solo With Traumatic Brain Injury

Going Solo (Traveling) With Traumatic Brain InjuryGoing Solo With Traumatic Brain Injury

Traveling with family when you have a TBI can be a no brainer, but what about when you have to go someplace by yourself as in solo? Happened to me a few years back when I had to go to Washington DC to present on brain injury as a part of a parent leadership team from Colorado specializing in brain injury. The women had to fly by themselves and lucky me got to go solo.
To set the scene: Continue reading “Going Solo With Traumatic Brain Injury”

Your Elevator Speech

Your Elevator SpeechElevator Speech

An elevator speech is as essential to you as your business card is. You need to be able to say who you are, what you do, what you are interested in doing and how you can be a resource to your listeners. If
you donʹt have an elevator speech, people wonʹt know what you really do.

It just might be your mission statement as well. Your Elevator Speech is an awesome way to talk about your work while hopefully being interesting, memorable and referable. Your Elevator Speech will help you articulate who you are, what you do, and help you with a call to action, even to those you are meeting for the first time. Continue reading “Your Elevator Speech”

Getting Your Community Voice Game On

Getting Your Community Voice Game On
community voice

Community Voice. In follow-up to my original post I present to you on how even you can have a voice in your community with a TBI.

I got mine while attending the Family Leadership Training Institute. The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a first-of-its-kind family civics program. Program graduates spend more than 120 hours to develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. Once recruited and accepted in to the program, participants attend a 20-week curriculum that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills. The curriculum includes four components: an initial retreat, two 10-week sessions that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement; and a community project. Continue reading “Getting Your Community Voice Game On”

Federal TBI Program Leadership Meeting

The 2012 Federal TBI Program Leadership Meeting

As noted further below via your State TBI Leaders, you are cordially invited to attend a Welcome & Orientation Meeting for individuals with TBI and family members on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 2:00pm in the Hopkins Boardroom & Foyer on the 2nd Floor of The Westin Alexandria. A reply to confirm your interest and attendance by Monday, March 19, 2012 would be most appreciated. Continue reading “Federal TBI Program Leadership Meeting”

Riding the Storm Out

Riding the Storm Outriding the storm out

Riding the Storm Out -On a cool afternoon in 1994 on a not so rocky mountain winter day I unknowingly chose to accept the challenge of a lifetime and that was living life with a TBI. My life as I knew it, ended but I didn’t die. I didn’t even know anything, ) about brain injury, I thought people just died, as in-game over. Continue reading “Riding the Storm Out”

More About Me

More About Me

About me: I have been a Stay at Home Dad since day 1, 13 years ago but have been transitioning into my next stage of Fatherhood which had made me refocus on what needs to be done next.

I also have a traumatic brain injury.

Instead of doing my MileHighDad gig, I am now known as the TBI Insider. I am an advocate, face and voice of traumatic brain injury in Colorado, not classy I know but I need to take what comes along and it’s something i feel qualified to perform as this, as it all came around this last week. Continue reading “More About Me”