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How to Students Can Help with TBI Victims While going to School

In an article on Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, “The Impact of a Recent TBI on Family Members and What They Can Do To Help With Recovery,” Thomas Novack, PhD writes about how families can help loved ones during recovery and learning roles in the process.


With college starting this coming week, what is known as a happy and loving time may be a little shakier when having a family member who is suffering from a TBI. What can you do to make them more comfortable and help out in the recovery process while you’re focusing on school?

  • Recognize stressful situations and cope with them – don’t avoid them.
  • Learn to relax.
  • Learn coping strategies (regular schedules, take breaks, maintain sense of humor)
  • Provide structure for the victim.
  • Provide support in a respectful way.
  • Make time for yourself, and have a helper.

Use this distance to realize that this is a time to be thankful for those around you, be thankful that your family member is a survivor and is gradually getting better, be thankful for the love that is around you and for your health. Understand that you’re just one person. Don’t make yourself feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Don’t feel weak for asking for help.

Check out the entire article here.

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Happy Independence Day!

Thankful for all of those who have and are serving for our country!

Have a happy and SAFE 4th of July!

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Become a H.E.R.O.

Fulfill Your Destiny presents H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ Awards to businesses, individuals, and organizations who have been instrumental in providing opportunities for Fulfill Your Destiny to carry out its mission and assist others. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Imagine how strong every community can become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Many of these recipients have donated money and/or in-kind services to Fulfill Your Destiny enabling us to better help those individuals and organizations receiving assistance from Fulfill Your Destiny.


Listed here are those businesses, individuals, and organizations that have received Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award:


  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Kendra Scott
  • Richter Publishing
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Invent Your Image
  • Balanced Accounting and Tax Services
  • Sew Be It
  • Jennie’s Flowers
  • The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining
  • Independent Financial Services
  • Macy’s Westshore
  • Minuteman Press of Town & Country
  • Canvas Zoo
  • Painting With a Twist
  • The Manhattan
  • MamaRazzi Foto
  • Whiskey Joe’s
  • Powell & Espat
  • Charity Chics
  • Doormet
  • The Rolling Pin
  • tcP! sweets
  • Mary Ann Halpin Photography
  • Julie Heidelberg
  • Terri Sullivan
  • Bobbie Williams
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Fall Golf Classic Committee
  • Wheels of Success
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
To learn about opportunities for mutually beneficial strategic alliances or community partnerships with Fulfill Your Destiny, please contact Karen by e-mailing her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or karen.mertes@yahoo.com.

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Happy Memorial Day!

memorial 2Wanted to celebrate and honor those who have served and are serving to keep this country safe.

We will never forget the sacrifices those have made for us to keep our freedom.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wishing all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! Today, and everyday, we are celebrating you!

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Karen Mertes is being Nationally Recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity & Awarded with a Cruise!

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For its eighth year of Cabot’s award program of redefining a “true celebrity” into those who make a difference in their communities because of their selfless contributions to others.

Because of Karen Mertes’ charity work in multiple organizations including Charity Chics, Network of Executive Women, WWOTB, On Point Executive Center and her own Fulfill Your Destiny – Karen is being nationally recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity.

As well as being recognized, Karen will be awarded with a cruise with other philanthropists to attend workshops, seminars and ultimately, get ready to do more great things in the communities they serve.

About Cabot Cooperative Creamery   

Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.

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Graduation is Coming – Book Karen Mertes as Your Speaker

Karen shares key leadership tips for success and provides strategic, organizational and financial insights. As a motivational speaker, Karen speaks about Fulfill Your Destiny’s motto, how anyone can be a H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed.  She shares how character drives destiny and turning one’s worst day into one’s ‘best bad day’ catapulting people to levels of success never imagined. Below are some of the topics that Karen covers.

1 ) How to Become a #1 Amazon Best Seller

Karen Mertes shares all the valuable tips that led to the success of her book, Plaintiff 101.  When asked, most people have a desire to write and publish a book.  Why not make it a best seller?  Karen shares the secrets of her successful strategy and explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.

5 Key Points that Audiences will Learn:

  • What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
  • How to Write a Book that can become an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller Campaign?
  • Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability

plaintiff-101-cover-audio2) Plaintiff 101 – a #1 Amazon Best Seller

Plaintiff 101 is a survival story, which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation.  Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident.  What do I do now?”  It’s a Must Read for Every Driver!

This groundbreaking book is written from the efforts of an attorney who has been a member of trial teams that have earned million dollar verdicts and settlement and a plaintiff.  It gives you much of the information from inside a personal injury lawsuit from a lawyer and the plaintiff who was successful in her litigation.

Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know provides 50 takeaways and checklists some of which can be implemented immediately to save you time, money and energy.

3) Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph.  He had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit.  Both vehicles were totaled.  Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative.  Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate. Other cars still remaining in the bordering lanes traveling by her at highway speeds.  During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain and promised that if she were fortunate to survive, she would spend the rest of her life helping others.  This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

karen-mertes-fulfill4) Fulfill Your Destiny

Karen Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.  Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force.  A car accident in 2007 when Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph was the genesis that led her to create the organization that helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.

Karen uses an entrepreneurial business model that she’s overlaid onto a non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 11 ways. 5 of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation.  Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.

Having designed this proven, successful non-profit organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.

Find the rest of Karen Mertes’ topics here!

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