Jessica Smith is a TBI survivor who managed to hold on to hope after brain injury, even when she could not speak, walk or care for herself. She describes how she fought back and fostered the flicker of hope even when the future seemed unbearable. Describing the love and support of her mom, she credits her presence throughout the ordeal with helping her fight back and regain her life. Her essay is a frank exploration of the pain of loss and the importance of hope even when things look darkest.
ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...Read more »
One thing that has confused me since my TBI is empathy. I want everyone to have it and forgive me when I'm rude, forgetful, and overwhelmed. More than anything, I...Read more »
Being disabled is not fun! A car collision for me in 2000 resulted in a coma, fractured C1-C4 vertebrae, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and one and a half years...Read more »
Writing for families gets little support or recognition in clinical and academic circles. It’s time to rethink biases and disincentives that leave families uninformed and searching for information about brain...Read more »
The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed "helmets For Kids", giving away thousands of free helmets. It tells how Mike...Read more »
As I write this, the calendar says July 5, 2013, but my mind is pulled back to July 5, 1998. That’s because my husband Alan suffered the massive heart attack...Read more »
This week I had the pleasure of being a guest of Kim Justus, host of the Recovery Now show, on Brain Injury Radio. Kim is a brain injury survivor and...Read more »
My wheelbarrow tire suddenly goes flat. With the spring thaw, dirt and debris to be loaded on and carted around, not good timing. What to do? What turns out is a...Read more »
Since my accident, I’ve taken up an interest in nuclear physics. That alone is a bit of an oddity. Most of your Kids don’t realize that all the matter that...Read more »
Four years ago, I survived two Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, one from a car accident in which I was broadsided while idling at a stoplight. My driver’s side and curtain...Read more »
Featured Brain Injury Articles
Katie Gielas sustained a traumatic brain injury TBI in adolescence. She reveals her emotional trauma as she fell into a pit of grief and despair revealed by her poignant poem Obsidian. Her writing reveals the struggles and losses she has experienced with not only the loss of her friends, but the loss of her self.
Rosemary Rawlins recalls that everything that was “normal” about her family and the routine of their daily life was so taken for granted and then it was shaken to the core after her husband’s brain injury. How do you face the uncertainty of the future and how do you make a new life plan when it is unclear what the meaning of “recovery” will be?
After a severe concussion playing in her high school soccer game, Madeline Uretsky found herself still suffering from symptoms two years later. It affected every aspect of her life – her studies, friendships, family, and hopes for her future. She has learned to live with this “new normal” but often cannot do things that normal teenagers do, like going to the mall, movies, concerts, sporting events, stores, restaurants, or crowded places. Her experience has led her to educating students and athletes about concussion and advocacy for greater awareness.
William Jarvis contrasts the wish of so many TBI survivors for immediate healing with the challenges of living with a brain injury over years and even a lifetime. Struggles for the TBI Survivor can seem endless. It is acquiring the internal strength of patience that can make living with this injury possible. Your mental attitude towards difficulties can make the difference. By learning from failures, becoming persistent, and having patience, life can be meaningful and rewarding.
Brain injury hope – what’s that mean? I’m Jessy. I would like to start off by saying that if anyone has any doubt about if your loved one or even yourself could possibility recover from a brain injury, I’m ecstatic to tell you there’s always a possibility of recovering if you have hope. Without hope, there’s really no recovery. You have to remember that the doctors that you or your loved ones see are smart, but they definitely don’t know everything. You know your limits better than a doctor does and it always helps having support.
I know from experience that a brain injury changes some aspects of your life, but by no means does it define you. I know because I have a TBI (traumatic brain injury).
William Jarvis is a TBI survivor who found that moving his home became an analogy for moving forward with his life and not allowing his TBI to limit his future. It’s been 14 years since his brain injury and he still deals with fatigue – both cognitive and physical fatigue. But he has found strategies that recharge him and help him accomplish what he needs to do during the day. While many survivors focus on the challenges and limitations, Jarvis suggests that engagement with life – not the past – is the key to moving forward. Moving his home became an analogy for moving forward with his life.
A new manual TBI Hope by Denise Boggs and Debbie A. Leonhardt, M.A. addresses the often neglected aspect of emotional recovery for families, caregivers and survivors. This step-by-step manual gives families essential tools to help them transition into their new life when caring for a family member who had a traumatic brain injury. The process of emotional healing is often overlooked in the medical treatment of TBI but it is essential for families and survivors to rebuild their lives and relationships in the journey of brain injury.
You Disappear by Christian Jungersen is a thriller of a book that explores the vulnerability of relationships, a person’s sense of identity and moral responsibilities when a brain tumor irreversibly alters not only a personality but the nature and course of life. This book is so much more a medical diagnosis. It will capture and intrigue your interest in a unique blend of deft plotting, brain research, and life questions.
Sports and concussion carry special risks for children and adolescents because their brains are still developing. Athletic trainer Phil Hossler shares data on sports concussions in school age children and discusses why it is critical for athletes, coaches, parents, educators and school nurses to become informed. The impact of a concussion can extend far beyond the playing field to the classroom and home. Only by early diagnosis and careful management can athletes and students receive the rest, supports and accommodations that may be needed.