Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

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...

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Can I be Objective and Have Empathy after my Brain Injury?

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...

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Magic as Therapy after Brain Injury

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...

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Why Bother with Families after Brain Injury?

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...

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Finding Purpose In Being a Brain Injury Survivor by Mike Heikes

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...

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The Grip of Anniversaries

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...

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Janet Cromer Interviewed on Brain Injury Radio

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...

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Head Injury: Where the Rubber Meets the Road by Ron Harnett

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...

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Hi God, it’s me, David – After My Brain Injury! by David Grant

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...

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The Near Normal after Brain Injury

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...

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Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

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...

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Interview with Author and Concussion Expert Phil Hossler

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Here is our second installment of interviews with our distinguished authors. This month we’re featuring our concussion guru, Phil Hossler. He is the certified athletic trainer at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey and has authored 3 texts for high school athletic trainers, parents and athletes.

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Marriage and Traumatic Brain Injury: Who is the Caregiver Here?

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I guess for Bill and I, the first thing we had to get over when he was injured was the Traumatic part of the equation. I am sure we have all had trauma in our life, so you know that it keeps coming back from time to time. PTSD, is a real problem and many of us suffer from it, both from TBI and our previous life experiences.

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Being a Group Participant after Brain Injury

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We can experience being part of a group in many ways. These groups may also be called teams, clubs, troops, a crowd or a unit. You may be part of an art group, musical group, theatre group, gardening group, cooking group, reading group, dance group, or a travel group. The list goes on and on. Many individuals living with a brain injury and/or their family members have come to experience, perhaps for the first time, another type of group: Support Group.

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Gabby Giffords needs to run again

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We have not a few post-trauma things in common, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and I. After having our heads stitched back together, stepping onto recovery road, there’s a darn good chance we soon could be embarking on yet another road not taken, the campaign trail.

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Support for Siblings After a Traumatic Brain Injury – Part 2

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Here is the conclusion of the guest post from Dixie Coskie that began last week. As you will see, a brain injury in one child can deeply affect the other children in the family. Parents are caught in the middle, knowing that all their children need them while having to spend most of their energy dealing with the brain-injured

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Who’s Really Running the Show?

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We all react to others, and often that means we give up control over our lives to some degree. Sometimes we do this consciously, but most times, we don’t realize how we’re changing our behavior to suit someone else. And it’s not necessarily good for us. So read the story in this week’s post at Journal After Brain Injury (I hope you get a chuckle out of it), and then pull out your journal and choose a prompt or two to write about.

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The Importance of a Rehabilitation Focus in Recovery after Brain Injury

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Rehabilitation after brain injury is hard. It is not fun. It isn’t glamorous. But it is THE most important component to a person’s recovery.

A rehab program is customized to meet the needs of the person and involves professionals such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and a neuropsychologist. Rehab can be done at home, in an outpatient setting at the hospital, a rehab facility or in a medical clinic. The goal of rehabilitation is to assist the person in restoring functions they lost as a result of the brain injury but that can be restored, or to learn how to do things differently if those functions cannot be restored. While rehabilitation sounds like an event, in my opinion, it is more like a process… a process that is built upon each time the person does the work. A process takes time… sometimes a long time.

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Support for Siblings After a Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 1

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Since my experience with TBI was through my husband, I haven’t written about the impact that the brain injury of a child can have on a family. However, Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie was forced to become an expert in that subject when a car hit her son Paul and left him with a severe traumatic brain injury.

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Social Dimension TBI Improvement

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Social interactions with other people can be very difficult for a TBI survivor. A person’s personality is the way he interacts with others and the way he responds to various situations. Brain injury can often have cause a person to have heightened emotions and react to situations with anxiety and lack of control. Therefore, a person’s social response to various situations is probably one of the most noticeable dimensions in behavior.

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Peer Support after Brain Injury

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Peer Support is essentially individuals supporting other individuals with similar or shared experiences. This support is offered one-to-one or in a group setting. The benefits of peer support are numerous, including that the supporter has credibility and is trusted because they have been through the experience.

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