Military or Civilian Got #TBI? Imagine a $3 App to Help Brain Injury Survivors!

Severe Cognitive Fatigue Post-TBI?!

Got Compensatory Strategies?

Aaron A. Steckman  U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Retired)   Acquired Brain Injury Student,   Coastline Community College, Says This:

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Your Vote & Support Counts!

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“….With your help, Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application has the potential to help thousands of veterans (and many others in need) who have given so much so that we could all enjoy the freedom we just recently celebrated over this past memorial day weekend and who simply want one thing…the hope to live a normal life again…..”

To vote on Facebook for Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue application, please use the following directions…

1. Click on http://dcoe.ideascale.com...

To Vote For The Manage My Fatigue Idea through your Google, account, please follow the below directions…

Step #1:  Go the following website:  dcoe.ideascale.com….

MMF APP WEBSITE
http://managemyfatigue.com/

With tremendous appreciation for Aaron’s ‘Guest Blogger’ communication and Warrior Spirit, please read the full missive and see below for full instructions…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  

Tell your friends and neighbors, after all, WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW 

From: Aaron Steckman <aaronsteckman@gmail.com>
Date: May 28, 2015 at 5:13:13 PM PDT
Subject: Your Vote & Support Counts! 

Greetings, I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and my good friend Shawn Miller.  As those of you who know us are already aware, Shawn and I are both attending the Coastline Community College Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in Newport Beach, CA.

Shawn and I are both working hard to recovery from our respective injuries…his, a stroke suffered approximately a year ago, mine traumatic brain injury suffered as the result of my military service.  Our recovery has been aided in great part by someone who means a great deal to both of us, Michelle Wild.  Michelle is one of our senior cognitive rehabilitative instructors at Coastline College and to us, is likely the closest thing to an angel that either Shawn or myself will likely ever see.

After realizing the possibilities of how smart technology (IPADS, Smart Phones, Laptops etc) could be used to help her students recover from brain injury, Michelle took the initiative to develop a computer application called Manage My Fatigue that allows her students to do something that most of us after brain injury are no longer capable of doing…keeping track of time and properly managing our levels of mental fatigue.  Although it might not be immediately clear to others, in most cases, where most people who have suffered a brain injury really struggle are in two areas…we lose track of time and we get easily overwhelmed.  Unfortunately, when this happens…to one degree or another, many of us also struggle with controlling our emotions too which often times makes an already bad situation, worse.  The Manage My Fatigue Application specifically addresses these issues and many more…and for the first time in history…gives people struggling with the effects of a brain injury a tool that can help us prevent many of these struggles, struggles that many of us live with every day, from ever even occurring.

As most of you who already know me are aware, aside from facing the struggles that everyone who has suffered a brain injury faces…regardless of how their injury occurred, my story has had a few additional twists and turns which until the Walter Reed Hospital and the VA scandal’s broke over the past couple of years, would have probably have been thought to be unimaginable.

Unfortunately, as those stories and the stories of many of your own loved ones who served their country can likely attest, as of right now, stories such as mine are not the exception, but the rule.  I mention this not for want of sympathy because sympathy without solutions, serves no purpose. I mention this, because my experiences have given me the unique perspective of realizing just how important Michelle’s work truly is.  I have observed through first hand experience just how the system works or more importantly, where it doesn’t…but until recently, I had identified a long list of problems…but was short on solutions.

Why do I say this?   Because the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Coastline Community College was not where I began my search in seeking help for the many cognitive problems I was having…but only where I ended up here after becoming hopelessly lost and homeless after spending nearly three years trying and failing to get the help I desperately needed through first the VA and then the Army before ultimately becoming homeless.

As a U.S. Army Master Sergeant and Chief of Training who spent many years designing training programs for thousands of Marines and Soldiers getting ready to deploy into harms way, and often training the instructors who were responsible for training our nations service members to make sure many of our nations sons and daughters were ready for what was to come who again, has experienced some of the worst scenario’s imaginable firsthand…one and off the battlefield, and who was recently medically retired from the military due to traumatic brain injury, let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that as of today, neither the VA nor the Department of Defense has a program that currently comes close to treating those of us who have been affected by brain injury in the way that Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue Application has done for Shawn and I and has the potential to do for thousands more yet to come.

For the first time in years, Shawn and I have the hope and faith that one day, with the help of this application and the many other gifts that our instructors have given us through their efforts…that not only will we one day make a full recovery, but so too will the many friends that we have both made who sit to our left and right in class.  By writing this letter, it is our sincere desire that we can share that hope with the thousands more who, if given the Manage My Fatigue Application as part of their treatment, could likewise benefit and share in the modern day miracle that we have both received.

It is with that in mind that I am writing this email and asking that you send it out to everyone that you know and ask them to do something that would mean so much to both Shawn and I and vote for Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application using either your Gmail or Facebook Accounts and include as many supportive comments as possible to help bring this idea to the attention of our nations senior military leaders and God willing, put it into the hands of our nations injured military veterans being treated throughout the VA and Department of Defense health care systems for Traumatic Brain Injury through a unique competition being offered through the Defense Centers For Excellence.

Through this open competition, the Defense Centers for Excellence (A division of the Department of Defense tasked with finding new and inventive ways to treat veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD) all who receive this email and vote, will have the opportunity of a lifetime…the opportunity to do what’s right and do something amazing that will truly make a difference to those out there who need our help the most…that we can both tell you from personal experience and testimony…really works!

With your help, Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application has the potential to help thousands of veterans (nd many others in need) who have given so much so that we could all enjoy the freedom we just recently celebrated over this past memorial day weekend and who simply want one thing…the hope to live a normal life again.

Through speaking to so many people over the past few years doing my best to advocate for veterans, I know very well that nearly without exception, that as a nation, nearly all of you are grateful for the sacrifices that our nations veterans have made and again, almost universally, most of you would love to do something to help…but just didn’t know how.  Well folks, here’s your chance.  Here’s your chance to thank a veteran in a meaningful way by doing something special…spmething that won’t cost you a single dime…just a moment of your time…the time it will take each of you to read this email, follow the directions below, and vote for the Manage My Fatigue Application using the instructions below.  If there were ever a cause worthy of your time and support…this is it!

For those of you who already know us, you likely already know the following as well, but for the sake of those who don’t… it must be said.  Neither Shawn nor I were ever approached or asked to write this letter or ever offered any incentive for doing so…we just knew in our hearts that it was the right thing to do and ask that you share it with your loved ones as well because we know that with your vote, it could serve as the miracle to so many others that it has been to both of us!

If any of you have a difficult time in getting your vote submitted, please email me at aaronsteckman@gmail.com to describe the problem you are facing and I will do my best to provide you with a written response that will walk you through the problem to make sure that your voices are all heard!

Again, thank you all for your love, friendship and support and may God bless you and our great country!

Very Respectfully & Sincerely,

Aaron A. Steckman

U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Retired) 

Acquired Brain Injury Student, 

Coastline Community College,

Newport Beach, CA 

To Vote For The Manage My Fatigue Idea through your Google, account, please follow the below directions…

Step #1:  Go the following website:  dcoe.ideascale.com.

Step #2:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #3: Click on the name of the idea (Tired? Overwhelmed?…). Click the up arrow to give a positive vote. This will take you to a registration page. You can create a new log-in or use an existing social media account.

Step #4:  Fill in your name and answer the three required questions.

Step #5:  Click save changes.  This will take you back to the DCOE website.

Step #6:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #7: Click on up arrow again. At this point, you should see the vote number increase!

Thanks for any help you can provide. There is 2 weeks left and ideas are getting posted all the time.

To vote on Facebook for Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue application, please use the following directions…

1. Click on http://dcoe.ideascale.com.

2. Scroll down on the website and click on ManageMyFatigue.

3. Where it says votes click on the up arrow.

4. Click on the Facebook logo on the right side of the website.

5. Enter your email and password for Facebook.

6. Click the Okay button when the pop up comes up.

7. Enter your name in the Name box.

8. Then click each tab that best describes your situation.

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IDEA SCALE
http://dcoe.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Tired-Overwhelmed-Unproductive-There%E2%80%99s-an-app-for-that-ManageMyFatigue/164770-35534

Michelle Wild LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleranaewild
ID4theweb
http://id4theweb.com/

WE ARE THE    MEDIA NOW

Are Lawyers the Nouveau Sonderkommando for WorkCompsters?

#WorkCompsters Dispute Location of Body Part known as BRAIN? D’oh
Want a peak into the world of a ‪#WorkComp #‎Brain‬ Injury Survivor?

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Thanks ‪#‎Wyndham‬, ‪#‎Grancell‬, and ‪#‎CNA‬, and all the #WCAB peeps and ‪#‎CAAA‬ lawyers who couldn’t/wouldn’t help me! @ProPublica

tbi and ice

[New TBI Survivor asks if anyone ever has challenges getting groceries home after shopping diligently…]

Linda: Wait till you start using lists, and really focus on tasks at hand…then get everything on the list and leave a bag or two of paid groceries in the cart and wonder for hours where the stuff is that was checked off on the list…. unsure emoticon

Or when you splurge on some great hair products and can’t find them to save your life…. for months, then find them in a cupboard where they don’t belong… gasp emoticon …. Welcome to the World of Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors….!

Have you seen a Speech Therapist yet? Occupational Therapist?

They helped me see that I can easily do tasks with TWO – STEPS. That third step can really kick butt…. like making coffee: 1) put coffee in maker 2) turn pot on 3) wonder why coffee is spilling all over the counter; find pot in dishwasher; try again; 1) put fresh dry coffee in maker; put pot in maker 3) wonder why coffee isn’t done yet….. unsure emoticon

Life with TBI is so

[ Another new TBI Survivor asks if anybody else sleeps all the time ]

LINDA: I slept most of the first year. COGNITIVE FATIGUE is a real butt kicker. Sometimes after a long drive to a doctor’s evaluation, I had to find a safe shopping center to park and rest. Sometimes I still have to find a safe place to nap while travelling here and there. I carry a blankie. unsure emoticon

One idiot neurologist actually wanted me to drive 100 miles each way to his office WITHOUT SLEEP and only HIS office with HIS technician for a ‘sleep deprived EEG’ that second month.

Wow, I told the lawyer I was injured not stupid, and requested a smarter neurologist. The response? Termination of benefits, and begin of the ‘kicking to the curb.’ ‘Curb kicking’ went into full motion, with other bullying and terrorism practices by ‘the Defense’ upon clear diagnosis of brain injury, and hasn’t stopped yet; ongoing since January 9, 2012. Yeah, in America! Ain’t that awful.

WorkCompsters apparently only treat brain injury in California with the ‘rest and wait and wait and wait and wait till you’re kicked to the curb, they hope you die’ program.

Wyndham has paid the big premiums for that sort of WorkComp Insurance Policy for it’s injured workers from CNA aka America’s Casualty insurance firm. It’s pretty similar in other states and nations. Same crowd of #WorkCompsters?

tbi you aint gullible

My friend and teacher, Michelle Wild, just recently released an Apple app for the brain injured population. It is called Manage My Fatigue.  YOU could write a great article about Michelle Wild and her 25 plus years of work helping people with brain injuries develop compensatory strategies… She also has a website called making cognitive connections… I think the address is ID4theweb.com. There is a wealth of information there… Worth checking out.

NAIDW TBI AWARENESS

My date of injury was January 9th 2012… Living without much working memory… is another butt kicker… as is the rule about ’embrace the new you’… Easier said than done. ☆♡◇☆♡◇☆ #InjuredWorkersUniting #SilentNoMore

ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS NOW

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/list-of-posts/

ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS – Most recent posts:

https://askaboutworkerscompgravytrains.com/

WC LAWYER UP
Are Lawyers the Nouveau Sonderkommando for WorkCompsters? Sure seems like it, huh? http://wp.me/p3GTyU-EC Here’s a peak into the world of a #WorkComp #BrainInjury Survivor… For What it’s worth…. Also it’s a request for referrals to lawyer up. Yeah, SunTzu suggests using the enemies equipment when necessary. Thanks. Linda

 

WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. HAVE A NICE DAY.

 

 

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