Donna O’Donnell Figurski: The Power of Love

Donna O’Donnell Figurski
Brain Injury

One ordinary morning, Donna O’Donnell Figurski’s husband, David, a professor at Columbia, did one extra chin up and their lives suddenly and irrevocably changed. An unexpected cerebral hemorrhage started a medical saga that spanned years and changed everything.

The first medical opinion was devastating:

Brain Injury
Brain Injury

“I’ve seen your husband’s brain on my computer at home. He’s in very good health. He’ll make a great organ donor.”

Donna was stunned.

From ambulances that wouldn’t cross state lines, to doctors that offered no hope, Donna found herself having to make life and death decisions for her beloved husband.

But Donna persevered. In her award winning book, Prisoners Without Bars, A Caregiver’s Tale, she tells the story of her quest to save her husband. From multiple surgeries to physical therapy, from despair to hope, Donna found herself having to step up to the plate and take charge of her husband’s care, a role she never imagined for herself.

Bump in the Road with Donna O’Donnell Figurski

This week on Bump in the Road, be inspired by Donna’s inner strength, her perseverance and her transformation from doting wife to author, radio and podcast host and advocate for people with brain injuries.




Bump in the Road

Everyone hits a bump in the road. The question becomes: What do you do with it?

I share stories about how people experience, manage and navigate life's bumps, hopefully using them as a pivot into a more conscious and meaningful life.