Using martinis as a metaphor, we take an intimate look into the lives of extraordinary people.

Name: Jami Uretsky

Profession: Concussion Advocate (Concussion Mom) and host of Concussion Matters podcast

What stirs your passion? Honestly, the thing I love most is just spending time with my family; they are truly the people whose company I most enjoy and I would choose to be with them over anything. Aside from that, I am passionate about educating people and raising awareness about concussions and brain injuries. There is so much to learn about how the brain works and what can happen as a result of a concussion, and I find that unless it happens to you or a loved one, it’s not something that most people pay attention to.

 What has shaken your faith?

The day my daughter got hurt, my life was forever changed. On the outside, my life probably looks no different, but on the inside; it’s a whole new life for me. It’s been almost 8 years now, and I would have never imagined becoming an advocate for concussion awareness. I’m such an introvert, and this work really takes me outside of my comfort zone. But it’s important work, because there are so many people who just don’t understand all that comes with having a concussion, including the impact it has on a family. Although her accident was traumatic – there is NOTHING worse than seeing your child suffer – it has also allowed me (and my daughter) to meet so many incredible people I’d never have crossed paths with. These people have enriched my life, some have become very dear friends, and for that I am thankful. There is always a bright side if you look for it.

Who (dead or alive) would you like to have a martini with?

This was the hardest question for me, but I’d have to say that I’d like to talk with Lucille Ball – not only does she continue to make me laugh, but she was just such a fascinating person.

What’s your poison? (The trait you most deplore in yourself?)

I wouldn’t say I deplore anything about myself, but I do try to find the balance between always having to be doing something and relaxing and taking time to just do nothing; that can be a challenge for me sometimes.

What do you see as the ultimate buzzkill?

People not taking responsibility for their own actions and always blaming others, and negativity (it’s a tie)

How do you want to be remembered when the glasses are raised? Aside from being a good mom, that through my advocacy work, I was able to make a difference.

What’s your happy place? Spending time at my mom’s house in Maine with all of my family.

What is your signature drink? (We’d love to know what you like to drink, but what we REALLY want to know is what is your favorite expression or motto?)

Drink: vodka and club soda with 2 limes or a Guiness. For a non-alcoholic drink, I love a chocolate frappe.

Motto: What a difference a day makes.

Whenever one of us is having a bad day, I remind my kids that tomorrow you get to start over and choose what kind of day you’re going to have; every day is a new day and life is about the choices we make.

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