Help Amy Advocate For Brain Injury
After sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of a fall on the ice in February of 2014, Amy has been passionate about raising awareness of this invisible injury that affects 2.5 million Americans each year.
She has been traveling the country speaking to groups of survivors and caregivers to let them know they are not alone in their journey. She absolutely loves meeting other amazing survivors and hearing their stories www.facesoftbi.com/speaking
She also attends Brain Injury Awareness Day at our Nation's Captiol each March (March 22, 2017) to lobby and meet with her senators and congress members -- encouraging them to join the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.
She does all of this without pay or travel reimbursements, as most of these groups have no budget for speakers. Which is where YOU come in!! Every dollar donated will go directly towards Amy's advocacy efforts -- particularly Washington DC this coming March 22nd.
Amy has published two books on the subject: "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal" which is a collection of her stories originally published on the Huffington Post. Her second book "Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration" is a collection of stories written by other survivors and caregivers. www.facesoftbi.com/books
Since I left my house on the 5th I have spent all day, every day either driving or advocating. It feels so good to just lounge on the couch all day and take a few naps.
I was supposed to speak at a rehab center in Florida tomorrow (16th) but they have totally dropped all communication, so I am taking that as a sign that I still need some more R&R before we head to Washington DC.
Tomorrow is also my birthday, so Stephanie and I are going to venture out about 60 miles to find a Starbucks to celebrate (she literally lives 20 miles from ANYthing lol).
This trip has been SO incredibly rewarding, and I haven't even made it to DC yet!! As I approach DC, this is going to be the most expensive part of my trip. Six nights hotel, all meals eating out, metro and taxi fares, etc.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed, shared, and sent me good vibes!!
I had a table to sell my books, and I gave my presentation after lunch. There were approx. 125 registered plus 25 vendors and speakers. I would bet I spoke to close to 95% of them!!! I gave so many hugs and learned so many stories. I was told that my program had the largest crowd of all the speakers all day -- yea!!
The gal in this photo (so sorry, I can't remember your name!) came up to me after my program and told me she had no idea I was the Amy that created the Tribe -- and that the Tribe literally saved her family after her sister's TBI last year. They came to the Tribe for support and answers. It's stories like these that let me know I am doing all the right things for TBI awareness!!
I met so many incredibly amazing people yesterday and today. I'm sorry I forget your names (ha!) but know that each and every one of you touched me and has a place in my heart!!
I was asked by KSTP news if I would talk about my mask and what it means to me -- in a kick-off to Brain Injury Awareness Month (March).
This was the absolutely most perfect way to get me stoked about my advocacy trip -- which I leave THIS WEEKEND for three weeks on the East Coast!!
I am SO excited to speak to support groups, healthcare professionals, and students during my trip, as well as meet with my Senators at the Capitol in DC and attend Brain Injury Awareness Day with my fellow advocated in DC!!
I am SO CLOSE to my goal ... less than $1,000 to go!!!! Please help if you can -- and SHARING IS CARING!