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  1. He's been right on a few things, missed on a few others. I would say this falls under more likely true than not. Thus continues the Devils having the only crowdsourced breaking news beat in sports.
    3 points
  2. Are you Scott/James that wrote that article from the first-person? I read nearly the entire article and if that happened to you, that really sucks and I'm sorry to hear that. It's great that you're still here, despite all of the BS that you're still dealing with. I saw at the end of the article you (or James/Scott, if that isn't you) posted your contact information and said you're available 24x7 if other people who have experienced TBI's need someone to talk to, and I just want to say that the feeling is mutual - and I think I speak for the NJDevs community when I say you have an entire forum of people here who are happy you're around and would be glad to talk. With that said, I think the potential to talk or help someone if they need it outweighs the risk of being spammed, so if anyone truly does need or want someone to talk to, about anything, here is my own cell phone number: 941 - Seven, Two, Six - 9258. (I spelled the middle digits phonetically in hopes a bot doesn't pick that up and start spamming my number). From one Devils fan to another, and one human being to another, keep up the good fight my friend, and a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and blessed New Year ahead to you!
    3 points
  3. Every year this hits like a sledgehammer because it's a way many people live but you would never know on the surface. For those of you who maybe curious of what it's like I was asked to write about my experience a few months ago for a website that was created by an amazing young lady who's brother who I happen to love like a son suffered a horrific TBI. She on the surface thought my story would be inspiring. Truthfully I find it dark and as the Shinedown song goes, My Monsters Are Real. Just last week my daughter and I went to see Smith and Myers (the two lead guys from Shinedown they do an acoustic tour when Shinedown is off ) and Brent Smith started talking about the next song and how much it meant to him because he opened up about his addictions he still fights but that Monsters are real and some people have to deal with them every day and it's really really heavy. I just looked at my daughter who halfway through his talk grabbed my hand and handed me a tissue. Without her the Monsters would have won out by now there's not question about it. Anyway it's not meant to be about me, it's meant to be about you have no idea what someone else is going through unless you live it and those of us that live it are most thankful that you and our families truly don't understand. We don't want you to understand the level of anxiety and depression, ever. We don't ever want you to live it. Anyway it's about 15 min read, and I didn't write the title, it certainly doesn't fit my outlook on life most days. The part that is certainly 100% accurate is I can listen and relate to others who live with similar demons within. The kind you can't see from the outside, the kind I think are the most dangerous. My sincerest wish is for you and your families to be safe both physically and emotionally always. Everything else well it truly doesn't matter. Sorry for rambling. https://www.redefyne.org/post/scott-s-anoxic-brain-injury-an-inspiration-a-work-in-progress
    2 points
  4. With our travel day tomorrow, and the season now on pause, figured what better time than to do my annual post bump. Over the past few weeks, I became a certified Standards of Conduct, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Suicide Prevention instructor. It’s been about three years coming but finally the timing worked where I was able to make it happen. On Monday, in an effort to think outside the box for the instruction, I relieved the events of 5 years ago in narrative form and emphasized to the attendees the importance of how the warning signs, even looking back now, weren’t there at all. We talked about how a simple text literally can change someone’s path and that no one should be afraid to ask for help nor reach out to help. There’s plenty of protections for individuals who get help that they can still continue their careers, and absolutely be successful in doing so without blowback from saying “hey, I need a wingman…” It felt great to hear the feedback of, “wow, finally an instructor who shares their experiences instead of just reciting the slides” pretty frequently from the 4 courses I taught that day alone. With COVID deciding to be a Dick again and possibly screwing up a lot of people’s plans, be that helping voice folks. See if your buddy’s from years ago are still doing well, or that friend you just saw yesterday and pounded a beer with us actually good when they got home. Lord knows us Devils’ fans need it (see, deep posts can still have some humor.) I appreciate all of you guys, wishing the best as always. - Jag
    2 points
  5. Thanks yeah - it's me. Thanks for the kind words, the goal was for it to be way more than my story but more about what people go through that we can't see and how anxiety and depression can dominate. About the only thing that keeps me going is my daughter and that there's a brain injury rehab center called Bancroft Neuroscience down here in Toms RIver were I spend two afternoons a week trying to help others who are worse off and that brings me a sense of peace. But overall the personal loses over the last 5 years are too many too count. Thanks again NJD means a lot.
    1 point
  6. I actually reached out to their subscription department and they said to me that they are close to resolving the lack of full time coverage , but couldn't say who they were going to appoint. I was genuinely shocked that: a) they replied b) they told me what they were doing and that they were looking to appoint someone , especially as I didn't even ask. So fair play, I will stick with it for now. Some of their PL coverage is good a d I occasionally look at it for Seahawks/NFL info for my predictor league.
    1 point
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