Beyond Brain Injury: Perspectives on Progress, Reflection, Rehabilitation, and Recovery--Volume 1

Beyond Brain Injury: Perspectives on Progress, Reflection, Rehabilitation, and Recovery--Volume 1

Editors Marilyn Lash and Barbara Stahura

Edited by Barbara Stahura and Marilyn Lash-Cluett, this collection compiles feature articles by known experts and authors from the brain injury community. They offer introspective, insightful observations and provide helpful information for survivors of brain injury, their families, caregivers, and professional clinicians.

Volume 1 is unique because it is tackling issues on family coping, caregiver stress, grief and loss, legal issues, survivor perspectives, journaling, clinical treatment, children and adolescents, sports injuries and concussion, PTSD & veterans. The writing styles of each author make the information understandable to anyone impacted by an incident of brain injury, yet still relevant to any clinician. The selected authors share their expertise and knowledge about the "human" side of brain injury. Included in many of the articles are easily understood advances in neurorehabilitation, cognitive therapy, research findings and more.

What will make this book of even more value is to add some of the Tip Cards from Lash and Associates Publishing Collection covering many of the topics addressed by the authors. This book becomes a vital element for all who read it, from the home living room to the regional hospital family room, from the doctor or therapist's waiting area to a rehabilitation center resource center. This is one book that provides a lot of "a-ha" moments. Each article stands alone and can be read in a few minutes.

Beyond Brain Injury, Volume 1, is more than a booklet – it is a useful tool for living a full life after brain injury. From tips on rebuilding your life after brain injury, to preventing concussions, to understanding that you're not alone as a survivor, family member or caregiver...this is not a typical brain injury resource anthology, but a treasure chest of information. It's all about life and how to strive to continue day-to-day. Page one is where everyone can start finding new ways to live it!

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This special collection of articles include empowering personal stories, interviews with experts, clinical updates, and information for families, caregivers, survivors, providers and professionals. Organized by topics, each article has strategies or tips to give readers practical strategies and suggestions for navigating this journey of brain injury across a lifetime.
Pages 95
Year 2014


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, therapists, educators, and mental health professionals. We cover a spectrum of topics to provide helpful, valuable information in clear, reader-friendly language.

Authors featured in Volume 1 include regular columnists Janelle Breese Biagioni, Janet Cromer, April Groff, Thomas Henson, Phil Hossler, Marilyn Lash, Rosemary Rawlins, Barbara Stahura, and Carol Svec.

Guest authors include Theresa Sacchi Armstrong, Matthew and Cassondra Brown, Christine Durham, Karen Estrada, David Grant, Marshele Carter Waddell, Janet Tyler, Madeline Uretsky, Ann Zuccardy, Kim Jefferson Justus, Katherine Kimes, Shad Meshad, Dawn Neumann, Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, Susan Schuster, and Dawn Westfall.


Welcome from Lash & Associates Publishing/Training

Publisher’s Letter by Marilyn Lash, MSW

Editor’s Letter by Barbara Stahura, CJF

Family Matters

Who’s Who in This Family Now? by Rosemary Rawlins

Family Chaos or Cohesion? by Rosemary Rawlins

What Do You Expect? by Rosemary Rawlins

The Brain Injury Family Intervention: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer by Rosemary Rawlins

Caregiver’s Compass

Mapping New Directions in Caregiving by Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

Preventing and Healing Compassion Fatigue by Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

Five Foundation Skills for Resilient Caregivers by Janet Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

Take the Danger Out of Caregiver Anger by Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

Shining The Spotlight On Kids Who Care by Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

New Horizons

The Slow Crawl of Brain Injury Recovery by David Grant

Splattered Pie and a Reality Check by Christine Durham, PhD

Strategies to Rebuild Your Life by David Grant

Can Anybody Hear Me? by Kim Jefferson Justus

HBOT: A Way to Heal the Inured Brain? by Barbara Stahura, CJF

What I Learned from a Bathtub by Ann Zuccardy

Keeping the Faith after Brain Injury: Seven Steps to Spiritual Health for Families by Marshele Carter Waddell

Stepping Stones

Brain Injury and Grief: Fact or Fiction? by Janelle Breese Biagioni, RPC

The Onion Effect: Understanding the Tears and Layers of Loss by Janelle Breese Biagioni, RPC

A Grief Misunderstood by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, MD

The Journey of Grief by Janelle Breese Biagioni, RPC

How One Person’s Loss Affects Others by Janelle Breese Biagioni, RPC

Telling Your Story

Make Your Life’s Story Better with Journaling by Barbara Stahura, CJF

Writing to Heal: The Veterans Writing Project by Barbara Stahura, CJF

The Healing Power of the Mind by Barbara Stahura, CJF

The Healing Power of Writing Your Story by Barbara Stahura, CJF

Legal Link

Runaway Spending by Thomas Henson, Jr., JD and Carol Svec

Applying for Social Security Benefits by Thomas Henson, Jr., JD, and Carol Svec

Veteran Voices

Where is the Love? by Matthew and Cassondra Brown

Families Caught in the Aftermath of PTSD: The Invisible Emotional Wounds by Marilyn Lash, MSW

TBI and PTSD: Navigating the Perfect Storm by Marilyn Lash, MSW

Why I Write Now, and Writing by Matthew Brown, USMC RET

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless? by Shad Meshad

When Blast-Related Injuries Hit Close to Home by Karen Estrada, MS

Heartfelt Support for Family Caregivers by Barbara Stahura, CJF

Clinical Corner

A Better Approach to Finding a Job after Brain Injury by Dawn Westfall, MS, CCC-SLP

Talking with Your Spouse or Charlie Brown’s Teacher? Miscommunication in Couples by Dawn Neumann, PhD

Behavior – Help for Families and Caregivers by April Groff, PhD

Why Do I Need Speech Therapy if I Can Talk? by Susan B. Schuster, MA, CCC-SLP

Sharing Pain or Over-sharing? Sharing Personal Stories with Patients by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, MD, FAAP

Play Safe

Youth Sports and Young Brains Need Time to Develop by Phil Hossler, ATC

My New Normal After Concussion by Madeline Uretsky

Teens and Concussions: More Than Meets the Eye by Phil Hossler, ATC

Kids’ Club

Helping Children with Brain Injuries Succeed in School by Janet Tyler, PhD

Executive Skills in Children and Teens with Brain Injury by Janet Tyler, PhD

Behavior Management in School by Katherine A. Kimes, EdD, CBIS

Where Are My Friends? by Theresa Sacchi Armstrong, MA


Letter from Lash & Associates by Marilyn Lash

We are so proud to introduce this special collection of articles from the magazine Brain Injury Journey – Hope, Help, Healing. We spent a lot of time choosing the title because we wanted it to reflect our philosophy as well as the needs, issues, and concerns we hear every day. Words matter, so we have chosen them carefully.

Brain Injury - We address all types of acquired brain injuries with those due to internal causes such as brain tumors, infections, or stroke as well as traumatic injuries due to external forces of collisions, explosions, assaults, falls, or gunshots.

Journey - Living with a brain injury is an ongoing process or journey that is constantly changing, challenging, and rewarding for everyone involved. There is no finish line with a tape to cross, cheering crowds, and a celebratory party. Rather it is getting up and facing each day with the conviction and purpose of rebuilding one’s life.

Hope - This is what survivors, families, and caregivers tell us is so important. Hope is what sustains them in their darkest periods. Hope is the vision that lights the darkness and creates new possibilities for a better future.

Help - As the African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same is true for brain injury. Help comes from many people and in many ways. The individual who survives a brain injury enters a community that is much larger than friends and family. It includes clinicians, therapists, educators, advocates, providers, insurers, and many, many more. They share the goal of ensuring that treatment for brain injury is more than survival.

Healing - There is no fixed timetable for recovery. The healing process after brain injury is much more than a neurological recovery. Healing is multidimensional. Yes, it is physical, but it is also cognitive, emotional, social, familial, and spiritual.

We hope you find the articles, information, and insights valuable and helpful in your journeys, whether they be personal or professional. You are all valuable members of this very special community.

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