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  • Finding Romance As A Widow with Brain Injury

    Although I never suffered from “survivor’s guilt”, I spent the first years of this recovery hiding the fact that I was a widow. I had married my best friend and became a 30 year old widow less than a year later. When I returned to NYC and after I had weened myself off the anti-depressants, I […]

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  • Alarming New Reality

    Perhaps even more frustrating then memory loss is the general sense of being overwhelmed. I no longer have a consistent schedule with traditional 9 to 5 office hours, and this lack of routine makes each day completely different. This might sound good but in reality every day starts to blend together. Is it Tuesday? Saturday? […]

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  • Honeymoon Adventure In Bali

    On September 2, I married Adam Augustus Renzi aboard the Adirondac Steamboat out of Lake George Village. The ten days that followed our wedding led us on a Honeymoon Adventure in Bali. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Our wedding officiant, Reverend Britt Hall, mentioned last year […]

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  • Foodie Phoenix Rising

    Due to the traumatic brain injury, doctors have labeled me a “hazard in the kitchen.” At one time in my life, cooking brought me great joy, now it can be dangerous. I have set off smoke alarms on more than one occasion and nearly melted a small frying pan when I sprayed Pam directly over […]

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  • The miracle of being reunited with a lost wallet

    I had a very revealing experience last Thursday when at Spear Physical Therapy for my first therapeutic massage with Quanawa. I arrived on the 15th floor as I always do, hung my winter coat in the closet near the elevators and placed the rest of my belongings in a training room locker. Most folks have […]

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  • OUR LOVE STORY: FROM THERE TO HERE

    A highlight of our love story, told from both perspectives. Augi: So I was on my way to Lake George to participate in something I’ve only dreamt about for most of my life. I was invited to be the “cabana boy” for my cousin Joanna’s Bachelorette Party. I was told there would be about a […]

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  • Shifting Awareness

    One of the biggest writing challenges I have is that I use my iPhone. This assistive device is filled with lots of distractions, including unread emails, FaceBook, weather forecasts, alarms and iCal appointment alerts. I must make a note to discuss strategies with Francesca on how to avoid them. Perhaps the new Attention & Emotional […]

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  • Adventurous Departure to Kalispell

    I attended a Haven Writers Retreat on Wednesday in Kalispell, MT. Here is what I wrote for the first prompt we were given: I stepped out of Fajardo’s cab the first time at Newark International airport at 6:26 AM this morning when I discovered I had left my wallet at home. A call to my […]

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  • Today Marks Eight Years Without You

    I was enjoying your familiar, passionate kiss, and your goatee even tickled my nose. When I suddenly awoke in our bed laying beside Augustus. I felt the quick sting of guilt, as I realized I was in love with another man who was not you. A moment of clarity passed and I realized you were […]

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  • March On For Brain Injury Was A Success!

    This past Saturday’s March On For Brain Injury was a terrific success! Thanks to all those generous donations, the Hudson Valley walk exceeded the Brain Injury Association of NY State’s (BIANYS) goal and raised $52,238, not including the event day registrations. The New York City teams (The A Team, BIA-NYC, TBI Strong, and Team Wald) […]

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