Living with Brain Injury


2014-0706 Journal


The following story comes from a news report that appeared on NewsCenter 1, an NBC affiliate located in Rapid City, South Dakota.



News Report

After a skiing accident in 2011, Dixie Doyle was doing some rehab on her knee when she noticed her right arm was not cooperating with her mind. Being a nurse herself, she knew something wasn’t right . . . luckily she was at a medical facility because a stroke soon ensued. It was a malformation on her brain that exploded. After surgery, she spent time in the intensive care unit and also in physical and cognitive therapy. Acceptance and perseverance has played a big part in Dixie’s recovery.

Dixie Doyle, Stroke Survivor, says, “I’ve accepted the fact that it’s gonna be a long time and I may never regain everything I want, but the hope is always there. Even though you are not the person you were, you can be a better person.”

Her family had kept a daily journal of the experiences, Dixie reflects that all the years she had taken care of her family — they now were helping to take care of her . . . in one of her daughters’ passages in the journal, she mentions the recovery time was longer than she had anticipated.

The long road ahead does not mean the end of the road.

Dixie says, “When you have a big event like this in your life you just come to accept that, ok this is way I’m going to be, I’m not that person on anymore, but that’s ok I’m learning and regrowing and making my life different or better than it was before so, It’s one day at a time, see what’s there today.”

Dixie says, “My goal, my wish is to help others, and I’m a nurse so that is always in the back of my mind is how can I teach others how I can help others through this as well.”


Thanks to Dixie Doyle for sharing her story; Doyle’s family for starting the journal to preserve significant events; NewsCenter 1 for sharing Doyle’s story; Google for helping me find the story and picture; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.


  1. I wonder if there is a brain injury conference on the west coast and where the conference was that Dixie attended. I wonder if it’s a yearly event.
    Thank you for taking the time to post this for us all, Scott.

    1. Nancy, I don’t know Dixie’s schedule, but I do know about some of the annual brain injury conferences in Southern California because I have attended them. Please be aware that some conference are free, some cost around $20, and some are extremely expensive. Some conference are online (usually in the form of a webinar or podcast) and some are in-person. I receive information about conferences for medical professionals, survivors, and caregivers. There are also conference on different types of brain injury, so make sure to look at the conference agenda before you decide to spend the time and money to attend. Occasionally, companies offer free meetings as a form of self promotion. The Brain Injury Association (BIA) near you may be aware of upcoming conferences, events, and meetings.

      You can contact the BIA in California through their website:

      There are similar organizations for every State in the United States and many countries throughout the world.

      ~ Scott

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