About Lori Faitel, Author & Survivor

Lori Purdy-Faitel is a paid motivational and inspirational speaker on the topic of brain damage and head injury.

I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant/ COTA and I have worked in Metro Detroit Since 1992.  I went to college for OT with one thing in mind and that was to work with the brain injured.  Since 2011 I have been blessed to professionally work with the brain injured.  Our Father God has given me guidance throughout my life and I find when I listen; and when I follow his guidance I am not confused. I pray for all who are troubled.

Born in Lansing Michigan in 1962, as an only child until 1973 when, her favorite toy,  which is her brother Christopher was born.  She lived with her parents until she was 24 years old  at which time Lori began a promising life as an up and coming businesswoman.  A life devastating automobile accident occurred which changed everything in 1986.  She suffered a TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury in April of 1986 and was in a coma for 7 days.   She spent the next 6 years in therapy until I felt like a functional person, again.   She  became a student of various therapies and private study for about 6 years. Post Brain Trauma people must recreate who themselves.  Lori began working in the health care field, went back to college received an Occupational Therapy Degree in Allied Health.

Lori’s goal is to “pay it forward” and help others. Since 1992 Lori has lead a happy and healthy life in the world of the  Non-Brain Injured with her husband and many  pets.

I  created a book from memoirs written during recuperation: “Am I Brain Damaged?”  I pray this book will open the minds of the general population, above all I wish to provide motivation and comfort to other Brain Injured people. 

I am a TBI survivor from a car accident.

We all have been through life changing events and that is why we have something in common.

I was on my way to work one morning in April of 1986. A stake truck carrying hay bales, for road construction, dropped a bail of hay on my windshield. That Lori Purdy at 24 years of age ceased to exist.

I have been blessed to live and work in the world of the non-brain injured since 1992. I am currently a C.O.T.A./L Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed here in Michigan.

During my recuperation when I was still an inpatient at the hospital (Providence in Southfield) my Neuro-Psychologist suggested that I begin keeping a journal/memoir to help me organize my thoughts. I wrote thoughts on paper regularly. When I began to write my thoughts I was still very mentally confused. My motor function allowed me to write, almost legibly. I could draw the character of letters, but I did not remember words or how to spell. I then tried to put words to my thoughts; some of the writings came out very elementary.

My TBI occurred late in the Month of April in 1986, I am guessing I began writing by the end of summer in 1986. I kept writing in notebooks for almost 20 years. My writing became my source of power. I knew that some day I would help others with my thoughts.

In 2007 a Speech Pathologist friend/co-worker suggested I put these thoughts into a book.  I tried to create such a book. But, to read the words, my own personal confused words and vivid memories were too upsetting to me.

In 2008, for me to create something others could understand became very important to me.  I put out an email to everyone I knew asking for an editor who had patience to read what I had written, to write their own view of what they were reading.  I found such an editor through the chapter president of a volunteer group I am still active with, Queen for a day, (currently known as Queen for a Day/ Heros-QFAD/Heros) Queen for a Day (QFAD) and Heroes are national non-profit charities whose mission is to raise the self esteem and confidence of children 3-21 with cancer.

My Editor was Heather Haack.  Heather worked with me for a year, spending many hours reading, editing old and new writings. Heather and I worked with the writings back and forth until my information could be put into a story format then created into a book.

This book is “Am I Brain Damaged?” by Lori Purdy Faitel, I self-published in February of 2009. I am very proud of this book.  I know that if I had something like this when I was recuperating it would have been a great source of inspiration.  As a writing professional, I was told I am a WRITER, being that I have a published book regardless that I self-published. I am aware of 10 errors in grammar in this book.  I also have a downloadable version that I believe is error free.

A goal in my recuperated life is to do all I can to motivate and help other brain injured. I would be honored if I could come to one of your meetings and introduce my book.  Blessings!!  Lori

 

A letter for the family from Lori’s brother

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