Update: Thank you so much for all the comments! Listen to the podcast about this video and my anniversary here.
It’s that time again. Without warning, the Earth has completed another rotation around our sun and it’s time to reflect on the anniversary, or “re-birthday” as some survivors call it, of my severe traumatic brain injury. It’s difficult to comprehend just how much my life has changed since my fall five years ago. Comatose and diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury (and a 10% chance of recovery), my world was turned upside down. Not a day has passed since that I’m not grateful to still be alive.
My mother got the call about my fall and hospitalization in the early morning of Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2011. Not the call she was expecting. Her actions on that day forever changed the way I view Mother’s Day and the important women it celebrates. I owe my life to my mother for more than the fact that she brought me into the world…she also brought me back from the brink of death.
Within hours of receiving the call, she touched down in NYC and was quickly by my side as I lay in a twelve-day coma. Over the next year, she was a tremendous caregiver and support as I moved through intense surgeries, therapies, and confronted hard truths. I invite you to read more about her involvement in my journey in her interview: “A Sit Down – With Mama Bear on VT Works”
Important Lessons from a Difficult Journey
I wanted to celebrate my anniversary by talking about things I’ve learned along the recovery journey. Limiting this video to FIVE lessons was not easy. There’s so much I’ve learned, and continue to learn, about myself, from other survivors, family, and practitioners…it never ends. The reality is, we don’t “get over” traumatic events. We confront them, accept, make room for them, adapt, and keep learning.
That process of learning and adaption is what I hoped to capture in this video, elaborating on some checkpoints along the way:
- Every brain injury is unique
- The brain is plastic
- The importance of nutrition
- Supporting therapy
- Attitude and mentality
Blowing out the Candles
I want to say a special “thank you” to this community and the many of you who have been my support along the way. Whether or not this is the first time you’ve ever heard of my story, or if you’ve followed my blog and work along the way, you and I are here, at this moment, fortunate to be alive. That connection brings me great joy and is worthy of celebration.
So here’s to us, to life, and to five more years. Cheers!
Watch: Five Important Lessons on the Five Year Anniversary of my Brain injury
Thank you so much Cavin for sharing your story and the helpful encouraging message my brain injury was in 2014 when I was 20 from an automobile accident and thank you for helping me to continue in my everyday therapy to overcome this and letting me realize that it’s not worth it to survive my accident and just give up on any progress I might have down the road!!! 🙂 I am trying to regain my walking ability to go back to college and hopefully I can drive again in my future! Your video was helpful and put me in a best mindset also encouraging , very helpful to hear!! Much appreciated !!!:]
Thank YOU, Jessica! It means so much to know that people are put into a more positive mindset by my sharing. Keep on keepin’ on despite the difficulties, and keep putting one foot in front of the other… one awkward step at a time. 🙂
Thank you SOO much for responding to me Calvin !!:)
Your words are helping so so much to quit myself for thinking I can just give up!! I love to watch you very meaningful videos!! I’d love to see more of them!!:)‼️ lol and an email from you would be so helpful and special to help me with my TBI !!
Cavin–as always–you amaze me. You have no idea what a HUGE influence you have in our lives and every podcast and blog speaks directly to us. Ever since my son suffered a DAI 2 years ago I have searched for someone who not only survived but thrived–and you are that “person”. You are my hero. You are so intelligent and upbeat and you hit all the right notes. I loved your last part about “acceptance”. You finally made me think of it in a whole new way. Every time I have heard that I needed to have “acceptance” of my son’s situation I have totally rebelled. To me it meant that I had to “accept” how he is and I refuse to. I know my son is going to get all the way better despite all the odds and there is no quit in either of us. I know most of the “brain injury professionals” think I’m delusional. I know I am not. So I want to thank you for putting a positive spin on acceptance as it pertains to brain injury. I am always looking for answers and creative ways of helping my son–but yes–I also am settled into the reality of what is now because, really, now is all we have and I try to make the best of every moment that I can. I am so grateful to you for sharing your life and light with all of us. You are amazing. Thank you.
I had to walk away from my computer for a second to compose myself after reading your beautiful words. Thank you for those. I remember how much trouble I had with acceptance because, like you, I wasn’t going to “just accept” where I was. I’m so happy that I could give you a new perspective and I love what you said about “now” being all we have… “making peace with this moment.” My thoughts continue to be with you. Thank YOU!
And Calvin… You are a true inspiration!!! We’re so blessed to have found someone so bright and so understanding … With an open heart to help :)! You’re an inspiration to this world! We want to start a TBI Walk for awareness any ideas where to get info? Thank you always for your support and your kindness … For your time and your compassion … And for your drive to continue healing and helping others like us heal as well. Life is big and beautiful and we are learning to live to the FULLEST and never underestimating where the fullness will take Jory. 🙂 thank you always 🙂
I did a quick google search for “brain injury awareness walk,” and I found a lot of info. Where do you live?
Hi Karen. My son and I are maybe in the same situation as you and your son? I never ever say never despite what Drs tell me and how they think I’m “delusional” also. No even close! My son is slowly showing every single day so many signs of more and more recovery that was never expected. The mayo clinic was the only ones that told me to keep going strong and keep Jory going strong… And we do! There is so much sadness and fear but every single day there are so many blessings tucked inside each struggle and so much strength and character built… Appreciation in our hearts and souls for every simple thing we have. This doesn’t slow us down it pumps us up to keep on struggling the struggles and building ourselves up with each one! I wish we could meet. It’s so often a lonely world as a mom when everyone says to let Jory just be happy how he is… Then Omgosh I can’t believe he’s walking talking eating etc… Yes because we never ever ever say never!!!!!! Hugs to you and to your son 🙂 (we’re in Nebraska by the way)
hi karen, my son also had a DAI in 2014, and every step of the way doctors thought I was “delusional”! At 3 weeks they said he would be vegetative and I needed to let go! I knew he was in there! I had seen it on a few occasions! He woke up to a semi conscious state at 4 months (after I got doctor Barre Sears to help me with Omega 3 dosing) and by 5 months could kind of communicate, by 6 month he was singing “without sound due to vent” every word to DRAKE songs! AT 7 months, I was told he could never breath on his own and the facility would not let me help wean him by sitting with him! So I begged the ICU to take him back and wean him! They did pull strings and help me. At 8 months they insisted that MRI shows he would not have movement, he was not moving anything but his head and mouth…… But I had seen twitches in legs and arms and hands, anyway! I told them every time that they were wrong and fought for solutions and at 10 1/2 months in he was finally off vent, very cognitive, feeding himself and came home from the forth facility we had gotten him in! He is now very happy …..for his situation and has a great sense of humor! He still is not walking, but can now stand to help with his transfers! HE will walk! His neuro cognitive testing came back at a high intelligence and near perfect memory! All this after one doctor at last acute diagnosis him with “degenerative demenia”…. which he never had since his memory improved everyday! My big eye opener is that the family has to be the professional for their loved ones recovery! Sites like this have helped me find solutions a move forward more than any doctor. And we had some really good doctors helping, but the reality is they only know their one area of experience, they never see the recoveries to the end! And they do not look at the person everyday and notice the small changes! I got to where I could look in the room and know if he had a fever! Anyway thank you for you website….. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to help everyone but it does!
Thank you so much for your comment! You are incredible for fighting for solutions. I love that he has a sense of humor. He’s gonna be great! Laughter is good medicine.
When I was diagnosed, my family could not find very much online, and it has become my mission to provide a resource for hope and recovery, so thank you for letting me know that it’s working! The family does have to be the professional… The family has to become the expert. Families are the ones who are in a place where we may lose a loved one. While they’d love to see it, the doctors don’t NEED the patient to thrive. Families do, and necessity is the mother of invention.
Calvin, I READ YUOR STORY . I am alos s TBI survivor of a severe TBI . Yuo rite so well & I like how positive Yuo view the new Yuo. I believe you’re doing great for five years out , I am 24 years post my accident . Yes my family was told if I made it I wood be like a vegetable& that is so not true.
I am a co founder of our Brain Injury Center . I am so glad Yuo survived and that you were doing so good . U2 have a wonderful family . I can tell that you’re working very hard good job .
Your words mean so much and they keep me going, so thank you. I would love to hear more about your brain injury center. Cheers!
It was inspiring to read about your story and watch your video. Efforts like yours bring encouragement and needed hope to survivors and families and bring needed awareness to others about TBI. My daughter suffered a severe TBI in an auto accident in 2003, and like you had a DAI diagnosis, with multiple bleeds throughout her brain. Her recovery and ongoing progress has been remarkable. I wrote a book about our story as a tribute to her courage and to promote TBI awareness. To this day, my wife and remain active in a support group. Thank you for your outreach.
Thank you so much, Jay.
I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, and I am so happy to hear of her ongoing and remarkable progress. Thank you so much for what you do with your book and activity in your support group as well! I would love to hear more about it.
My name is Christopher Rychlo. I was hit by a train in a vehicle the same year as your fall, August 2nd, 2011. I too, have a TBI the same kind of brain injury. I have diffuse axonal shearing. I was thrown 120ft, broke both femurs, have road rash all up the left side of my body, nose split in half and many fractures to my head and jaw. I am honestly impressed with the video and I really do understand everything you have said. I too have tried to spread the word and to also live your life to the fullest because you never know when it’ll be your day. I owe my life to so many people but, my mom comes out on top. She pushed me every day once I came out of my coma to play cards or count coins even though I told her off and just wanted to sleep. I can’t forget my father who also pushed me and didn’t give up on my even though doctors told him I’d be in a vegetative state the rest of my life. He told off the doctor and said I would walk out … I did exactly as he said. I also can’t forget all the support from friends and the rest of my family; they are the reason I pushed through the pain every day. I did it for everyone else because I hate letting people down.
If you would care to chat some more please contact me on Facebook.
Props to you Cavin, power to ya man!
Props to you, Christopher!
Yikes! I’m impressed by YOUR story! I’m trying to figure out how to harness that inner drive that you clearly have and then to help people to express it because whatever that drive is has got to be the most powerful stuff when it comes to recovery. One thing that I know is that friends, family, and support plays a huge part in that drive.
I tried to find you on FB, but no cigar… Send me a message here: https://www.facebook.com/adventuresinbraininjury/
Wow! Thank you for creating a site that helps one understand this injury! My brother was recently in a motorcycle accident Easter Weekend and coping has been a roller coaster for our family. Being that he is my younger brother and only sibling this has been difficult for not only my brother but my parents, his wife and kids as well as myself. I am glad to see there is hope. I keep telling myself what Dr. Becky Bailey says “what you focus on you get more of” and putting my focus on positive healing for my brother is what I am definitely focusing on. Thanks again. I will be sharing this site with my parents as well. I think it may help my mother most of all understand that it’s a process and a road to recovery. There are good days and bad. It’s just a part of the process of healing.
Axinia, I’m sorry for what your brother and your family are going through. Like your brother, I too, was in a motorcycle crash and suffered a TBI from it (cut off by a cager). Even though it was over five years ago now, it has had a huge effect on my life, and probably will for the rest of my days.
Once he feels ready for it, I’d suggest looking into a psychological evaluation and possible therapy, in addition to the physical therapy. There is a chance that he, like me, acquired PTSD from it. Being paranoid about having one brand of vehicle driving in front of you is stressful, to say the least, and I’d hate to see anyone else suffer from it any longer than is absolutely, minimally necessary.
Tell him from from one fallen rider to another, I wish him the best of luck in his recovery. And here’s hoping that one day, he feels ready to get back on and ride, too!
I have a good friend who had a bad motorcycle accident, and he’s back on a bike. I don’t like it or encourage it, but it’s ok with me… When a several ton vehicle and a couple hundred pound bike (at the most) collide, it’s obvious who is going to win. That’s physics. 🙂 Good luck to you both. 🙂
Thank you for finding it and trying to understand more for your brother. I was talking to my dad today who had so much to say about the power of positive thinking, and there’s so much to that. Stay strong and let me know how I can help.
This is a great video Cavin, I had a very similar injury in 2012. I fell 15-30 feet into an elevator shaft on a stage, the shaft was part of the orchestra pit fell on my face and possibly my arm, my wrist was broken but I still suspect that hospital security broke my wrist, there was a small note about me pulling a knife out when I was in the ER, I could not have pulled that knife out if my wrist was broken. It took a very long time for me to comprehend what had happened to me. I was like a chicken who’s head had been chopped off. As soon as I was out of my coma I was combative, and even escaped the ICU in search of real food, I somehow was able to use my iPhone and marked on a map where the closest CVS pharmacy was, I don’t entirely remember everything, but I made it all the way to the CVS and had some candy bars or whatever I had found and was in line when I tried to look for my wallet in my pocket, I sadly discovered that I had no pocket or wallet and had to put the food back. My Mom said I then called her and told her that I had escaped! She was an hour away at work and could hear traffic in the background, and asked me to please return to my hospital room, somehow I made it back. I had time to think about this and eventually came to the realization that I had left the hospital and was walking around Las Vegas in broad daylight in nothing but a hospital gown, that is why i had no wallet. After that the hospital kept a watching eye on me, ended up in the mental/head trauma ward, not a fun place to be, I would cry at night wishing I was with my dogs, if I had my main dog that I had been training as a medical alert service dog for seizures I figured I would be ok to go back to work, I was desperate to get back to my job, I was a roadie for a major 70’s singer songwriter, I was an audio engineer and mixed the sound for the band on stage, I really didn’t want to lose my gig or miss any shows. Sadly that ship sailed without me. For the next year or so I went through lots of physical therapy, neck was damaged and had to be fused at C6-C7, after the neck surgery I spent months in rehab till they discovered almost 8 months after I had fallen that my shoulder was broken, I had been in pain for 8 months and they all thought it was the neck. After the body had been put through surgeries and rehab I began my brain rehab, it took over a year almost two years to get my drivers license back, had to go through an evaluation of my ability to drive, I live out in the desert, I had been stuck at home with just my dogs for over a year, family took care of me, dropped off groceries and visited, but it was a very dark time in my life.
Time passed and I went through a lot in courts. I couldn’t and did not feel like I could return to my old career anymore, it took almost a year for me to comprehend that my life had been changed forever. I am currently in an attempt to return to college to finish a degree I started but never finished in the 90’s. I took it super slow this year and only took one class, money is tight and I refuse to take any student loans, so I go at my pace, and try not to stress to much. College was a good idea, it got me out and social, but as I am old enough to be the father of some of the students I have not entirely fit in, but I am taking classes on audio, and its a fairly easy class since I use to know all of it, I do find myself having to relearn some things though.
I hope you are well, it will be 4 years in November for me. I noticed in your pictures that you had an eyepatch, did you lose vision in one eye? I did, I still wear an eye patch most of the time, it helps with headaches and my depth perception.
Congratulations on 5 years, keep up the good work. – Matt
That’s one hell of a story! I was also an audio engineer before my fall, and I missed that ship to the horizon too. Did you used to train dogs? That’s something that really interests me… I like dags. 🙂
So the eyepatch…
If you see a handful of the eyepatch pics, you’ll see that it switches sides. That’s because I did not lose vision, but I do have diplopia, or double vision. I’m sorry you get headaches. I would try taking CoQ10 -400mg, 3x/day- TO PREVENT headaches/migraines (this is the one I use cause it’s cheap and still seems to be high quality).
Congrats on your 3.5 years and on everything else, and thanks for your story. Where are you now? Nevada?
I LOVE this! Thank you. I think I may make watching this part of my daily routine until I remember it and it becomes engrained in my brain!!!!
Thanks, Jill! Keep it up!
Thank You!!!!! You made me cry. I am nothing if not a fighter. And having been fighting every day for 2 long years. I have chronic every day, day long migraine of every type from neck injury/instability leading to ‘minor’ brain trauma. Wow. I knew I found this site for a reason. You just helped me. Normally it’s me helping everyone else. And, of course now, that gets very limited. Just wow. You are Better than a therapist in this one short video. Especially the end. I think I need to play it on loop.
You just made my day! Thank you so much! Let me try to help you more: for migraines, I would try taking CoQ10 -400mg, 3x/day- TO PREVENT headaches/migraines (this is the one I use cause it’s cheap and still seems to be high quality).
Keep on fighting (just do so peacefully 🙂 )!
You are my hero!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I was in a car accident November 11 2011 and was left with a crushed face and a TBI! After 6 facial surgeries my face is much better but the right side of my body doesn’t work like it’s supposed too. My brain injury left me anxious, delressed, hating social events, confused, memory loss, and I have insomnia. Not the end of the world and as the years go on I see improvements in all those areas with the help of a few meds and hard work Thanks again for inspiring me to never give up! My family n friends are always pushing me with love but nice to hear someone’s story who has been thru similar injuries.
You’re MY hero, Sharmann! Six facial surgeries is an intense achievement and I’m so glad to hear about your improvement. I can absolutely relate to some of what you’re going through. Did you know that my left side is the side of my body that doesn’t work like it’s supposed to? We think because I may have suffered a hypoxic stroke during intubation.
So I definitely know quite a bit of what you’re going through, my friend. I’m so glad your social circle is a positive influence. Keep pushing on! You’re right, it’s not the end of the world and you’ve got the right attitude! 🙂
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Hi Cavin. you made me cry too! (Quick nose blow!) I fell back wards off a stool landing on my head in 2014. I have been very lucky, firstly to be alive, but also to have reached a stage where I can be back at work in a busy demanding stressful environment. I am a midwife at Auckland City Hospital. However I have been finding the fatigue overwhelming and this has caused a crisis of confidence about the future. Your phrase ‘Making peace with this moment’ resonated strongly with me. I think this is an important key. I am aware of how far I have come on my recovery journey so I can be at peace knowing this is a road and I am not yet at my destination, and probably never will be as my life moves forward. Being at peace with this moment involves, for me, not fearing the future, not feeling cheated of previous hopes and dreams but being creative in this moment, allowing life to unfold in unexpected ways.
I also started a blog. juliaswanns.blogspot.co.nz when I started back at work, called Life after Concussion.
I loved listening to you and hearing your story. You are an inspiration.
Wow… I’m going to check out your blog. 🙂 I’ve been dying to visit New Zealand, so one of these day,s maybe we will meet. Keep up the fight!
Hi Cavin, good to hear that you have kept a positive attitude, and are making great strides towards a good and positive recovery which never ends for us TBI patients. First of all, thank you for being with us all. I’m an 11 years post severe TBI injury with multiple injuries. These are good injuries, they have made me who I am. Life is beautiful. I truly hope you are having a good time and stay in touch man. Respectfully,
I really like your attitude, Ricky!
I was thinking that another “gift” of our TBIs is perspective. I have my eye on what I have come to believe truly matters these days. Life is as beautiful as you can make it, and you don’t need all of your abilities to make it shine. Stay in touch. 🙂
Your story is so interesting to read and your video is so inspiring. My 15 yr old son suffered a TBI after falling off his bicycle in Nov 2015. He is now in a rehabilitation hospital and making some progress. He is much more aware now , he seems to know who we are , he is now moving his right side well and his left limbs go into spasm sometimes . He is starting to take very small amounts of oral fluids and yogurts / custards. He still can’t walk or talk but seems to let us know what he wants by raising his right leg for ‘yes’ . The majority of this improvement has taken place since he was transferred to the rehab unit 7 weeks ago . Before that he was in a general ward . Your video is so positive to me and has helped he to stay positive . I have been with him daily for the last 6 months and when I look back to his initial admission when he was fully ventilated to how he is now I am able to keep motivated and your story will keep me motivated more now . Could you tell me how long it was till you could walk / talk after your accident please ?
Thank you so much for your compliments and thank you for being so strong. I’m often asked about my timeline, but it’s important to realize that everyone’s brain is different. Timeline’ of recovery can not really be compared. Have patience stay motivated, and be strong for your son. You’re not alone. Thanks for reaching out… Keep it up. You’re in my thoughts.
I was touched watching and listening to you. Thank u for sharing that the word MILD needs to be understood. I am post 18 months – a heavy ceramic sculpture fell off the top shelf while I was cleaning the bottom one! Ouch! I woke 3 hours later. what a hard journey getting back into life. I have now made peace with the new me. I now accept my self. My core heart-soul is still me – deep in my core – but I do live life differently now . I still suffer sensory noise overload and need to sleep immediately to recoup. No more parties, big social get togethers or wine in my life and I do have to always consider my energy levels BUT my gift – as I stepped back into my healing using complementary therapies – came as art. I started to paint for the first time AT THE tender age of 69 and people want to buy it. I rented a studio recently . I am content. I hope that i can sell my art so that I can maintain the studio. Keep on inspiring people. You can . I hope I can too. http://www.freyaperry.com freya x
Thank you for sharing your story with me. Your art is wonderful! I love the “Rainbow Warrior” in you, and I’m so glad this outlet found you and your talents.
At 18 months, you’re well on your journey and it sounds like your adapting well, creating, and keeping a great attitude. Very inspiring. 🙂
Thank you for doing this video. My TBI was May 12 2011 I really needed to see this. I had a Coup counter coup I was hit by a driver using his cell phone.
Thank you for sharing and reaching out. It’s wonderful to know you found my video meaningful. I’ve known many survivors who are victims of some kind of automobile accident or hit themselves, and it always breaks my heart.
Congratulations on your 5 year as well! Hang in there and please feel free to contact me anytime. 🙂
I was in a car accident when I was 16, 16 years ago. I was in a Coma for 5 weeks…
I have a lot of friends that also have disabilities too.
It’s great to see that you’re doing so well so soon afterwards! For me for a few years, I didn’t do things so much because I wanted to get better, but because I didn’t know any better. But I did want to graduate High School on time (which I did) along wit 2 college degrees.
Congrats on your 5 years and many more to come!
Congrats on 16 years! A five week coma is a big deal. I’m so glad you not only survived that accident, but have been able to find success in your journey, in school, and have shared your story here. I’d love to hear more about your journey. Here’s to us!
I am the third member of my family to live through a TBI. A Ruptured aneurysm for me and my Dad, trauma from a wreck for my brother. My Mom had to endure the pain of watching us through all of them; I can relate to having a Mom Superhero! I’m so glad I found you, as I proceed through this journey, you inspire, encourage, and teach me. Here’s to you and your 5 year anniversary, thank you for sharing your story, and for including ATTITUDE in your list.
What a story! I can’t believe you are the third in your family to live with TBI. Those of us who are fairly aware about brain injury statistics realize how common they actually are, and just how many of us walk around with concussions, TBI, or ABI, etc… Your family is quite the example.
I’m glad to have found you as well and I’m happy that my video, attitude and all, speaks to you. We are indeed fortunate to have the Supermoms we do. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing! ALL are very good tips. Keep up the good work!
My husband and father of three will celebrate five years post brain injury in September. We have a service dog and a caretaker. I work full time but a constant balance loss and short term memory loss has been a struggle . We still look for the greater good and have turned out some amazing kids who now are starting college career plans for special needs adults and children education . This would have not happened if we had not come together as a family unit and dealt with our situation together. Now 19,17 and 11 they are a might advocating force for those with brain injuries. I miss my Danny but I love this Danny who is still my love and my everything!
Thanks for reaching out! It is so good to hear about your success advocacy and attitude! I’d love to chat with you further. Let’s stay in touch!
Thankyou, this was very good! I’m a year out from a ‘minor’.
Congratulations and Thank You for your very important work! I am living what you are speaking about. I have been trying to educate my doctors on the benefits and importance of nutrition for TBI, but also the CONNECTION between gut and brain!!
Two very important other nutrients I have discovered are lecithin (inositol and choline, both B vitamins); because it passes the blood brain barrier, but is also highly restorative for digestive system and especially gall bladder (our second stomach) and liver that synthecizes our food into our blood in a way (simplist speak).
SO glad to hear your story!! Thanks for sharing and being an encouragement to others.
Have you watched the 20/20 (or prime time?) video of JJ Virgin (nutritionist and … – see her website) and her journey with her son who was hit from behind (by a driver who fled) and was not expected to live? She has some WONDERFUL therapies she used to help him overcome many of the odds for the devastating situation her son was in– you can request the details from her about the protocol she used on her website. (our son had a motorcycle injury on highway- miraculous that he lived — and from hospital, I wrote to her via her website and she sent the protocol to me. We also watched a clip from the tv show he was featured on. She shares various things she did for her son – hyperbaric chamber, essential oils (I think frankincense, lavender, peppermint are some), high doses of fish oil in IV (based on the experience of the one miner who survived out of his crew who received it) as well as orally, high dose of a high quality vitamin B (especially if you’re on Kepra — I think high doses of vitamin B12 are what they recommended for our friend), stem cell treatment, dietary recommendations, and more…
So glad to hear about your story/recovery. I just called the Brain Injury Group of Missouri and gave them your website as it may be helpful as a resource to them!
Thanks for all that information! I am very aware of JJ and her work, and I am actually scheduled to be on her podcast soon. Thank you again!