Survivor Highlight: Dave Robertson
Mary and I became involved with B.R.A.I.N when I was referred by a neurologist to take speech therapy. We were given several names, including Angela Mandas. While meeting with Angela and taking Speech Therapy from her and her team introduced us to B.R.A.I.N., F.B.I. and B.R.A.I.N. Angels. We came to our first F.B.I. meeting 2 years ago and felt right at home with many of the survivors and caregivers. There is so much love and so many different stories from our many friends. I then started to take cognitive & yoga classes and have continued. I think these classes have helped my memory issues. I like the cognitive classes for their assistance in helping me to maintain an adequate memory. I like the yoga classes to help with physical and mental awareness.
I had a football injury while playing for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970. I was operated on my back for a ruptured disc in 1971. By early 1972, I was healthy enough to go on a ship as navigator to the war in Vietnam. From concussion and ruptured disc from the prior football injury, I served until the end of the war, and the Navy gave me a medical discharge at the return of our ship to the United States.
I am a retired M.A.I. Appraiser. I worked in that field for over 30 years. In retirement, I am enjoying some sailing, swimming, and taking senior classes at OLLI at Cal State Long Beach.
My goals are to continue to work on improving my mental capabilities and to stay healthy!