Well I have not only been busy advocating on and trying to find ways to help those with Traumatic Brain Injury but have also been substituting.  This is something that I have been doing since 2010.  But now have been doing more since I have gotten a car.  It has also given me a chance to help the students to learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury.  Last year and this year students have been asking me more questions about what I have, how I sustained it, facts, and what the side effects can be.  The students when they have noticed my side effects begin to kick in or actually take place, they will step up and see what they can do to help me with what I am doing.  It's something I have been really appreciative of.  Those I work with here at the school and at the other schools in town treat me like anybody else.  Yes I look like them but I am also very vocal about the fact I have a Left-Right Traumatic Brain Injury.  And they know I am because I don't want anyone to live with what I have.

Case in point...I wanted to do something...an event that would bring people together and show them that they aren't that different from each other.  Everyone has their own set of limitations; some more than others.  That's why when I was walking around last summer I came up with the idea for a fashion show.  I'm friends with the store manager, Jenny, at Cato's here in Stillwater.  Jenny has always shown support for what I do by donating items for our events when I had given enough notice.  The same goes for Hibbett Sports here in town.  But I approached Jenny about Cato's having a fashion show to raise awareness on Traumatic Brain Injury and raise money for the Brain Injury Alliance of Oklahoma.  The models and everyone who would be involved in it would be the students at the Collegiate, High School, and Junior High level.  Then also have career booths with employers here in town who could have freebies or giveaways or try me.  Then the students could learn, prepare, and make resumes to give to those employers who could then watch and see the students 'potential' as the fashion show went on that evening.  I want to do this because of everything that I have heard from students in the last eight years I have lived in this wonderful community.  It is also my way of giving back in the way the community and the people in a way gave me in a sense "my life" back to me to where I feel completely whole again.

But this is something that I don't want to just be a one time time thing but rather build into something that happened more than once.  Something that is led by the college students and they would yes be paid for and it would help pay off their student loans.  Don't ask me any details about how or where the funding would come from.  LOL  Don't know but this is something I want to build up to oversee and be administrator of (to make sure nothing goes wrong) but also so that I can start other new programs to help those with TBI or maybe travel and speak or write, etc.  The fashion show isn't the only thing students would be able to do but I'll talk more about that all in good time.