Excitement!

February 15, 2014
Last spring when I was attending Oklahoma State University, I decided to get involved in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.  I was so happy that I did.  I started advocating on TBI when I started college back in August of '99.  I was a student leader at Rose State College and began to work with legislators and advocating to them about TBI.  I also was able to learn a lot from those leaders.  But still something was missing until I became involved in OIL.  Through this wonderful organization I was able to learn how to write legislation and resolution.  I put together a bill for OIL to help survivors of TBI.  Well last semester I started to modify it some more.  The bill is modeled around this itty bitty part of ab_398_bill_20091011_chaptered that had passed in California.  The part I would be speaking about would be the section that says "
f) "Community reintegration services" means services as needed by
consumers, designed to develop, maintain, increase, or maximize
independent functioning, with the goal of living in the community and
participating in community life. These services may include, but are
not limited to, providing, or arranging for access to, housing,
transportation, medical care, rehabilitative therapies, day programs,
chemical dependency recovery programs, personal assistance, and
education."
That is because in a nutshell, that describes TBI Raiders. It doesn't offer and I don't
it will offer everything above but I want it to be a community reintegration service for
Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. One of my friends, Mike Merit, is still involved in
OIL. He's the Lieutenant Governor for OIL. He will be taking what I came up with last
Fall to the capitol in April.

Then I also wrote a resolution making March TBI Raiders Month. It is already Brain Injury
Awareness Month but the difference would be that TBI Raiders Month would be
recognizing the achievements that survivors have made and the real successes that have been made from their recovery ex: wrote a book, recorded or wrote a song, motivational speaker, ran for a legislative seat and won it (Former House Speaker Kris Steele), etc., new technologies that have been made to help other survivors, therapies really helping survivors, what other states are doing such as legislation they have passed or programs they have created.  I emailed it to State Representative Emily Virgin and asked her to carry it this session.  I'm happy to report she will February 24.  This is meant to be a baby step in the right direction to start things moving to help Oklahoma survivors who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.  Now this wouldn't be something just for Stillwater, where I live but rather the whole state.  This is to give students on college campuses the chance to become leaders and help out their peers who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.  It would also be an awesome opportunity for political science majors to get involved and see just what candidates need to do in an election in reaching out to different groups.  I just need help getting everything pulled together and gathering ideas for it and Raiders Experience.
 

Speaking Engagement and Celebration of Life Dinner

November 11, 2013
I will be speaking at Rose State College tomorrow at a meeting for the student senate.  This is very special for me.  Rose State not only is the place where I graduated with an Associates in Science but is also the place I really learned how to become a leader and where I came up with the idea to create TBI Raiders and get it started.  Fortunately there are still people there who not only remember me but remember that I created TBI Raiders there and ask about it.  This is where I really start...
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Let's plan!!!

May 2, 2013
The following are projects I would like to have TBI Raiders do by (hopefully) the end of the year.  
  • Find a good way to target it to high school students
  • Make an ad or well promote for me to go places to speak about Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI Raiders, and/or my recovery
  • Completely update all the websites
  • Establish TBI Raiders as a non-profit organization
  • Organize student organizations for TBI Raiders on college campuses


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Busy busy

April 5, 2013
Sorry I haven't posted an update in forever on here guys.  I started back to college in January and if everything goes right I will graduate in May of 2015.  I'm a political science major right now but once I get my GPA raised back up will be switching it back to a University Studies degree.  Once I am able to do that I will have 10 classes left in Political Science and 2 left in Health Promotion.  I am doing this so I can help those with disabilities get a bigger voice politically speaking.

I...
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Writing feverishly at home

December 27, 2012
I may not have the internet up at home but in the meantime I have been writing up a literal storm.  I've been writing down ideas, people I need to contact starting January 3rd and what to do to make next semester a success so I end up making a 4.0.  I'm only taking two classes and plan on taking quite a few exercise classes.  It's been a major bruise to my ego that I haven't been able to make a 4.0 like I did growing up.  Below are some items I will need help with from volunteers for the 2013...
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Time to get planning...

December 5, 2012
I know I haven't been updating the websites as much I used to and this is due to the fact that we don't have dsl at home yet.  I had one meeting with Joyce Montgomery on the 3rd.  Joyce is the Coordinator of the Service Learning Volunteer Center at Oklahoma State University.  I will be meeting next week with Oklahoma's People First and will also be attending the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network meeting.  Oklahoma's People First and TBI Raiders will be working together on a project.  It may be R...
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I'm going to be amazed if I can think straight at the end of the month...lol

July 15, 2012
This is because next week I will be getting my wisdom teeth out, another tooth pulled, and some muscle shortened between two teeth.  Then the following week I will be moving.  Then the next month is when school starts back!  I have been creating new things that can be found on the TBI Raiders Online Store.  A friend who like me was a member of the Abled Disabled Association at Rose State College, has been creating some graphics then I have been coming up with logos.  I will be keeping informa...
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1st meeting for TBI Raiders

May 1, 2012
Today was just an awesome meeting for TBI Raiders! I met with a junior and senior in the student union atrium along with Joyce Montgomery. We met for a hour. We even got monthly meetings established!!! Then as I was going, I got to talking to a student. I told her about TBI Raiders and what we did last month then will be working on for later this year and she said she wanted to get involved. Then when I got home, I got a notification from volunteer match and someone from Stillwater Medical si...
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Looking forward to 2012

December 28, 2011
I've told some that I'm close to but this is something I really believe.  This would be that 2012 is going to be the year for the Traumatic Brain Injury community...well at least in Oklahoma.  I'm going to be working my hardest at getting something started in the state to help Traumatic Brain Injury survivors.  Before anyone talks about funding, I'm in the process of looking at what some other states are doing.  I'll be speaking one program director on Thursday to see if we can get something ...
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Groups to speak to

September 29, 2011
I will be going to the meeting for the Health Promotion Club and the Native American Student Association.  I know the Young Democrats I think meet on Thursday but haven't heard about a meeting.  I'm so pumped about speaking at a future meeting for these two organizations.  They have been 100% supportive of everything.  So I will be taking my USB drive which has documents on what I am wanting to do and more information on TBI Raiders.

It has just been a  matter of me pulling plans together.  Wh...
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