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Janelle Breese, RPC, Cassondra Brown, Lance Corporal Matthew J Brown USMC RET, Jane t Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC, David A. Grant, Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., Barbara Stahura, Certified Journal Facilitator, Dr. Janet Tyler, Rosemary Rawlins, Dawn Westfall
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Brain Injury Journey Magazine is published 4 times/year, 32 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, full color and addresses a wide range of topics for families, survivors, caregivers and veterans living with brain injury. As the leading publisher of brain injury information, we have made a commitment to produce a world class, very informative magazine and offer it free via electronic distribution.

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Pages 32 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, full color
Year 2013


Janelle Breese, RPC, is an author, speaker, and counselor with expertise in grief, loss, life transitions, and brain injury. She resides with her family in Victoria, BC. She is the author of A Change of Mind: One Family’s Journey through Brain Injury and the upcoming book, Life Losses: Healing for a Broken Heart. Visit her website at and follow her blog at She can be contacted at .

Cassondra Brown is the wife and caregiver of retired Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Brown. She is a stay-at-home mom who aspires to help other spouses through the struggles of living with someone with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

Lance Corporal Matthew J Brown USMC RET is an aspiring military author who has overcome many of the struggles of living daily life with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury and now has now made it his life goal to help others through these same struggles with his writing.

Janet Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC, is a psychiatric RN and the author of Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury. Janet speaks nationally on family and professional caregiver issues including stress resilience, traumatic stress, compassion renewal, seasons of caregiving, and creativity and healing. See more at

David A. Grant is a writer based in New Hampshire and the author of Metamorphosis, Surviving Brain Injury. A survivor of a harrowing cycling accident in 2010, David openly shares his experience, strength, and hope as a brain injury survivor. Recently recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America, David’s book offers real-world insight into life as a brain injury survivor.

Marilyn Lash, M.S.W. is President of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, located in NC, a leading publisher of information on traumatic brain injury. A talented speaker and author, she presents across the US on the emotional trauma of brain injury for families and caregivers with a special interest in helping the wives of wounded warriors.

Barbara Stahura, Certified Journal Facilitator, is co-author, along with Susan B. Schuster, MA, CCC-SLP, of After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story, the first journaling book for people with brain injury. She presents journaling workshops around the country to people with brain injury, family caregivers, and others, and is a member of the faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute and the Lash & Associates speakers bureau. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Ken Willingham, a survivor of TBI.

As a special educator, Dr. Janet Tyler has not only worked directly with students with TBI, but she also trained educators to serve those students. For 23 years, she directed an innovative statewide program in Kansas that provided training and consultation to educators serving students with TBI and their families. She is now in private practice providing educational consultation and training services to school districts, lawyers, medical personnel, and parents of children with TBI. Dr. Tyler can be reached at

Rosemary Rawlins is the author of Learning by Accident, a memoir about her journey as a caregiver for her husband after he suffered a severe TBI in 2002. She is also a blogger for the award-winning Rosemary serves as Project Consultant for the TBI Model System of Care at VCU Health Systems and works to improve the lives of caregivers and families facing the aftermath of TBI. You can learn more about Rosemary at

Dawn Westfall received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Illinois University. She works at HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital in Eansville, Indiana, where she has specialized in treating adults with traumatic brain injuries for the past 22 years. For 12 years she assisted with developing and managing a community rehabilitation program that assisted individuals with a traumatic brain injury in getting back to work, school, and living independently.


In This Issue

Who’s Who in This Family Now?

By Rosemary Rawlins

Mapping New Directions in Caregiving

By Janet M. Cromer

The Slow Crawl of Brain Injury Recovery

By David Grant

Brain Injury and Grief: Fact or Fiction?

By Janelle Breese Biagioni

Make Your Life’s Story Better with Journaling

By Barbara Stahura

Where is the Love?

By Matthew and Cassi Brown

Families Caught in the Aftermath of PTSD:

The Invisible Emotional Wounds

By Marilyn Lash

TBI and PTSD: Navigating the Perfect Storm

By Marilyn Lash

Helping Children with Brain Injuries Succeed in School

By Janet Tyler

A Better Approach to Finding a Job after Brain Injury

By Dawn Westfall


From the Editor-in-Chief

by Barbara Stahura

Nearly 2 million people annually sustain a brain injury in the United States, and more than 5 million live with permanent disabilities related to brain injury. Fortunately, public awareness of brain injury is growing, and much research is being devoted to prevention, treatment, and recovery. Yet despite all the tremendous advancements being made, most do not address this fact: Brain injury begins and ends in the family.

What happens to the family when so many aspects of their lives have been turned upside down and they struggle to live their “new normal”? When many professionals in the field do not adequately understand the changed dynamics and realities of living with brain injury, how can families bridge the gap between what is happening to them and what they need to know to survive, or even thrive?

We strive to fill at least some of that gap in the pages of this magazine. Our mission: Brain Injury Journey - Hope, Help, Healing helps persons with brain injury, families, and providers successfully navigate challenges and live a full and satisfying life. We offer empowering personal stories, interviews with experts, and clinical updates and research findings. Above all, we provide a community to enhance hope and foster healing after brain trauma or disease.

Our writers reflect the brain-injury community to whom this magazine is devoted: people with brain injury who come from civilian and military backgrounds, family caregivers and family members, and expert providers such as speech pathologists, educators, and mental health professionals. We will do our best to cover a spectrum of topics to provide helpful, valuable information not often available anywhere else, presented in clear, reader-friendly language.

For the person who is injured  and the family alike, coping with a brain injury, especially in the early days, can feel like the end of the world. You may feel isolated and alone, believing that no one else understands what you are going through and all the challenges you face. But we do understand because we have been there, and we can tell you it is not the end. The journey ahead is not easy, and you likely will be called upon to make many adjustments. Know that we are here for you and will gratefully share what we have learned to help you along the way.



Friends, I have read through your magazine and am so impressed. Your story has the power to move and inspire us.... Larry Pray

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