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Sandra Walker
Mother, widow, traumatic brain injury survivor navigating through the life that was and learning to live the life that is.

Entries by Sandra Walker

"Flattered" by Old Flames

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:10 PM

The old flame. Most everyone has them. The nature of dating is that we learn about ourselves and learn about others and either decide to start dating, keep dating or stop dating.

The problem comes when we don't extinguish the old flames. There are probably great memories with that person....

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Picking Up the Pieces of Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:58 PM

What does the picture of your life look like?

Everyone has a picture of their life as they see it. Certain parts of your life are a bigger part of the picture. For me, the biggest parts were my roles as wife, mother, and teacher. I have a definite "before"...

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In 2014, Be Awesome, Be Brilliant and Love Others Well

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Things that have not changed in 2013

1. I still gag when I clean my ears with Q tips.

2. I still don't like to shower every day. I mean, I'm physically able to now, but I still don't really like to.

3. I sing everywhere -- the grocery store,...

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CrossFit Is Dangerous -- Life Is Dangerous

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:59 PM

CrossFit is dangerous. Life is dangerous. The news reminds us of this each day. Recently, there was been a lot of media coverage focusing on the dangers of CrossFit, specifically rhabdomyolysis, which according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "is the breakdown of muscle fibers...

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The Signs We Wear

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 2:37 PM

I once read an article about a wife who struggled as she watched her husband recover from a brain injury. It was a fantastic article where she imagined people being able to wear these beautiful signs around their neck explaining events that had happened in their lives or feelings they...

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Parenting After Widowhood: Learning, Growing, Living With Intention

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:25 PM

I awake every morning to a new me. And I'm not afraid of it, but I'm new.

My brain is new. My heart is new. The trauma that has occurred in my life and body has created a new person, a new version. A person whom I love, but...

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Now I Am Proud, Now I Am Grateful

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 12:14 PM

The Boston Marathon bombing changed something in me. In many ways, I unknowingly internalized that day and tied it to the day of my accident. Running races. My first 10k. The excitement. How hard you work to get to that goal. How hard you push to get to...

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(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Written on April 16, 2013, a day after the Boston Marathon bombing


In the wake of yesterday's events in Boston, my mind has been spinning.

The details of tragedies are different. Different events occur. Different people are involved. Different emotions are touched. The unfortunate similarity is that all tragedies...

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Setting Sail Towards Better Thinking

(6) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:10 PM

"Life." It is a precarious word. It means different things to different people. Ultimately, though, it is yours. You live your life. You set the direction. You maneuver the bumps that are inevitable and numerous. You have to be present in living your life. For what reasons would you let...

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10 Things Not to Say to a New Widow

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:39 PM

I have thought about this post for several weeks. By writing this post, you may think I'm saying, "Hey guys, you know how you were there for me and cared for me when my husband died? Well, here are the things that I wish you really wouldn't have said." The...

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