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From Unlucky, Unlovely, and Unlovable and Unlucky to Lucky, Resilient, and Loved by Christine Durham, PhD

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Christine Durham describes the excruciating journey of rediscovering her self after her brain injury. It starts with a piece of pie.

I found myself standing in the middle of the shopping mall with pie dripping from my hands, pie covering the front of my coat, and to my bewilderment, my daughter, Ann, who’d brought me on this shopping trip, ran away. I didn’t blame her. I’d run away from me too, if I could! I was so ashamed! I didn’t know what to do so I kept on trying to eat the pie. I’d been apprehensive about this outing to the shops, several months after I’d left the hospital after my car accident, but I hadn’t realized I’d be so totally confused and lost.

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Five Foundation Skills for the Resilient Caregiver by Janet M. Cromer, RN, MA, LMHC

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Caregiving for a family member who has a brain injury – whether it be a spouse, sibling, parent, or child – is stressful. Whether you are a new caregiver or an experienced caregiver, these five foundations skills can improve your health and resilience. Janet Cromer explains how to use self-compassion to care for yourself, how to counterbalance your stress response, and how to live mindfully. She explores the importance of connections with others for support and outlets to express your creativity. By using these skills, caregivers are better equipped to deal with the uncertainty and loss of control that is so often inherent in caregiving.

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Invisibility and Disability of Brain Injury by Cheryl Green

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You know how people sometimes refer to traumatic brain injury as a silent epidemic? And you could say disabilities from brain injury are invisible. No one can actually see your brain in action in everyday life. For those of us living with effects from brain injury in ourselves or someone close, we know it’s not so invisible or silent. Spend one day in my house, and you’ll observe me working from three calendars that don’t match and going up and down the stairs trying to figure out what I was looking for (a nap). It’s pretty visible. But sure, I try to hide some things in public because I’m people make fun of me and my newer quirks.

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Life goes on after TBI – Fourteen Years Later by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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Living with brain injury or TBI is a long journey. Bill Jarvis shares the problems he has faced and his progress over 14 years since his injury. He encourages survivors to persevere and keep moving forward – no matter what physical, psychological, or cognitive challenges you face. While there are still things he can not do, his life has still better because he did not give up. He reminds you that giving up is an option but going on with life is a better choice.

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Are We Asking Too Much of Families? by Marilyn Lash, MSW

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Rosemary Rawlins’ book Learning by Accident is a very personal account of her husband Hugh’s brain injury that is unlike any other book I have read. What is so very special is how she brings the reader into her home as a wife and mother who is thrust into the world of caregiving. Unfortunately, her experience is not unique. What is unique is how she chronicles her husband’s journey from the brink of death through the long grind of surgeries, therapies, and complications into an uncertain future for their marriage, their children, his employment, and their future.

This book made me rethink what we ask of families in this world of managed care with shorter hospital stays. We give enormous challenges to families as they become the rehabilitation providers at home – yet too often, we do not give them the support, information or resources they need. This book will make you both admire what family caregivers do and also make you question why we do not help them more.

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What Brain Injury Survivors Want You to Know by Barbara Webster

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Survivors of brain injury are often given advice or direction on what to say – or not to say; how to do something – or not do it; when to do something – or when to stop. The advice can be well meaning and intended to offer help and support. But Barbara Webster flips the table and list the things that brain injury survivors want you to know. This list of brain injury wisdom carries valuable messages for caregivers, families, friends, colleagues and providers. Listen carefully!

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Brain Injury Talk – Why Do People Anger Us By What they Say? by Jeff Sebell

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Is there anyone among us who has had a brain injury who is not sensitive to what other people say about us? It is a fact that we are possessive and emotionally connected to our brain injuries; and with good reason. We are understandably sensitive (some would say, hypersensitive) when others make offhanded comments or broad statements that can cause us to feel defensive, not understood or trivialized.

Although the person making these comments may feel they are just innocent observations, we hear them as assaults on our integrity, our strength and our motivation.

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Top 5 Youth Activities That Result in Traumatic Head Injuries by David Dwork, JD

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Sports are a major cause of head injuries among children, especially among boys. Football, soccer, playground falls – the numbers are staggering. A brain injury is an injury to the brain that generally results from an external trauma, such as a blow to the head, but it may also occur without any physical contact to the head, as in a sudden acceleration/deceleration injury caused by a car crash. A person does not need to be knocked out to sustain a head injury. However, there may still be injury to the brain, which can cause deficits in a person’s functioning. Play is important for children but keeping them safe while they play is critical. Whether you are a parent, educator, coach or relative, know the signs of concussion and know who to protect your children by prevention and safe play.

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Principles of Success in TBI: The 4 Ps by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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Many have successfully improved after their TBI. Often there are common threads to their success. These common threads are the same ones I have used throughout life. Success is defined not in terms of 100% healing, but in terms of inner peace in your accomplishments. I have used these principles in my professional career and more recently in my rehabilitation from a debilitating car collision in 2000. The principles to my success have been perseverance, productivity, purpose, and prayer.

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Relationships after TBI and how to improve them! by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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Adjusting to your new life and interacting with people is a common problem following a brain injury. There are reasons why relationships after TBI are so difficult. The first obvious outcome always results in the Survivor not being the same after the injury. Friends and family expect the same person in personality, temperament, and general reaction to events of everyday living.

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