It is amazing to me that it is already October – I remember this spring thinking that I had no idea how I was going to make it through the month of March, let alone get to the fall where we might be able to find out what the future holds for us on this TBI journey.

Trying to figure out what path to take with work has been the main focus of my life these days.  I have several opportunities to pursue, and when working and talking with people in the medical field with these opportunities I return to those feelings of passion and purpose that I felt those years before the brain injury entered our lives.

The problem is that I am certainly not the same person that I was before January 2, 2012.

None of us are here in the Mackall house.

So to make a return into the field, being such a different person now, has me looking at each of these opportunities in such a different light. Instead of thinking about the things that I can do and the changes I can make, I view each opportunity for how it will impact my family and my vision of helping those with brain injury.  It is an interesting way to look at things, instead of what I can do for my career; will this opportunity allow me the time and space to take care of my family while giving back to the brain injury community?

I think this is how people feel that get to work within their passion – work doesn’t become work, it becomes living your life with purpose.

Regardless of where I end up, I am grateful for the requests for my time to educate others, families that reach out that just want to connect with another family that is supporting a loved one with a brain injury, and the ongoing plans for podcasts to educate individuals that struggle each day with how to manage life at home with limited medical support or advice.

Life is good, even when it is incredibly challenging and emotional most days as Frank navigates through the hardships of living with the residuals symptoms of this devastating injury.  He makes a valiant effort each day, and the moments that I see him looking at me, into my heart, I know that it doesn’t matter how hard things are, we will figure out this new path.

We will absolutely figure this out together.

Here is to new paths coming along – I am looking forward to seeing where this month will lead us.

Una Stamus my friends – thank you as always for your support.

On another note – the podcast focusing on brain injury education are being recorded now.  Is there a topic that you would like me to touch on?  Send me a message at

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