Please go check out Ande Waggener’s blog, Up From Splat, this week.  She interviews me about my journey from the humongous splat of my suicide attempt and learning to accept myself and my brain injury after.


  1. Ande Waggener Reply

    Thanks so much for your interview, Debbie. You share so much great wisdom in it!

  2. Judy M. Hampton Reply

    Debbie is one amazing lady and it has been my joy to watch her hard work and determination transform her and her life. I’m both proud and humble to be her Mom.

  3. Abimael Rodriguez Reply

    Thanks for sharing your amazing story, it is truely inspirational ! 🙂

    • Debbie Hampton Reply

      Thanks to everyone for the oh so kind words. It has been a long, difficult road, but it has been so worth it! I am happier than ever, and I just want others to know that they can have this too!

  4. Though we have been dropping in on each other pleasantly today, I did want to offer the serious suggestion that you sing as part of your brain-to-voice rehab. The act of singing forges stronger right to left brain linkage, and the deep breathing required oxygenates every cell of the body, promoting general healing.

    Thanks for offering the interview. (I normally don’t get to read the charts. I just take the pictures per Drs. orders.)

    • Debbie Hampton Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion , Mikey. I do voice exercise as it was determined that my speech difficulty is really a voice impediment now.

      My pronunciation is clear, precise and sharp. It is mostly unnatural now in fluidity, rhythm, pitch and in coordinating the breathe. I am told others do not hear it as much as I seem to hear it (May be being nice!)

      I do not go to voice therapy anymore, but do have exercises to do at home which involve varying pitch and tone and singing. For some reason, I really dislike doing them. So, I have kinda allowed myself to have a break. Still do them, but not every day like I did.

      • I’m not being nice in this case. You’re strong enough for honesty. I believe you need it, and can learn it. It may upset you because you remember (or have a conception of) how you used to sound and the difference between the two is uncomfortable to contemplate. You know that saying about the only difference between a novice and a master being 10,000 hours of practice? Just sing some song that you really love, something you believe in. It’s an endorphin pump! Makes no difference at all how it sounds. It will help you.

        • Debbie Hampton Reply

          Thank you, Mike, I appreciate your directness. I realize that this (voice exercises and singing) and manually writing long hand are are two of the most beneficial things I could do with regularity at this point to encourage neuroplastic changes. However, these are the two things I have the most resistance to and always have in my recovery process. Because they are the hardest and where I need to work the most, huh?

          I will do cardio exercise and meditate everyday and yoga almost every other day, but I find it so difficult to do this. It is mental and emotional, I realize. You have inspired me. OK at least 15 mins every day. Like it or not.

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