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badge2Living with brain injury, whether it is caused by a traumatic injury, stroke, tumor, infection, or illness, is a lifelong journey for survivors, families, and caregivers. The Brain Injury Blog is about more than the care, treatment and rehabilitation of those who survive brain injury. It is about the journey of brain injury from the perspectives of those who live with it as well as those who provide care, treatment and support. Survival is just the first step in living with brain injury. Please join us in the journey of hope after brain injury.

There’s always hope… Encouragement after TBI

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There’s always hope… Encouragement after TBI   By Bill Herrin   My dad would often tell me not to get discouraged, and as a young man, I didn’t understand why…sometimes it made me frustrated. What he knew (that I didn’t at the time) was that he was preparing me for discouraging times in my life. […]

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Who Am I Now? Loss of Self after TBI

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Loss of self is common after a traumatic brain injury, and can often leave survivors with the feelings of frustration, anger, confusion and more. Finding your “new normal” after loss of self, even when it means adapting to a different version of your old self is a viable option. This article addresses the challenges and encourages people facing this tough subject.

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Caregiver Fatigue Is An Ongoing Challenge

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Compassion and empathy are key to good caregiving, and supply can run short when you’re the TBI caregiver every single day. This article covers caregiving tips, along with lots of resources!

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Survivors Speak about Recovery and Acceptance

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When a life-changer like TBI occurs, moving forward and acceptance are key parts of rebuilding. This blog post discusses the myth of recovery, rising again, recalculating, family dynamics and more…a great resource with plentiful links to other articles and useful products to help along the way…for survivors, caregivers, and more.

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News Release: A TBI Survivor Journey of 16-Years

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Lash &  Associates Publishing (www.lapublishing.com) proudly presents a new publication for survivors, caregivers, and professionals working with survivors: MY BRAIN AND I By Jennifer Callaghan Jennifer shares the triumphs and gains she’s experienced over a 16-year period after sustaining severe traumatic brain injury.  In poignant detail, she writes of her struggles, the many obstacles, and […]

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A Good Future Despite Loss!! by Cathy Powers

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Yes, I still am learning how to cope with Bryce’s death, yet, I also am finding that God is there with me. Now, I don’t need to put Him into a box I built, that doesn’t fit anyway. Today, I’m getting free from my own limiting box.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: GRIEF and LOSS

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What can be said about the process of grief after a trauma (TBI, death, etc.)? If anyone ever thought going through grief was easy, let’s stop them in their tracks. What is known – grief is necessary following trauma for the survivor and caregivers, or if death has happened, those still alive.

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Make Every Day Holiday!!!! by Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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Put the holiday into perspective — It’s just a day that will be followed by another day and so on. By avoiding complaining, grumbling, or negativity about the celebration of any particular holiday, you will undoubtedly be in a better place. Though life is not as it was pre-brain injury and you most likely can’t celebrate as you once did, you can definitely honor and appreciate the very significant fact that you survived. You are alive!

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN: EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS — Critical and Vital to Organization, Prioritizing, and Behaviors

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The brain, when it is functioning at optimum capacity, works in a unified way allowing us to take in information, process it, and act in a purposeful fashion. Purposeful behavior allows us to live safely in our environment, accomplish goals, and succeed to the best of our ability. Although the brain works in a unified way, the control mechanisms are complex systems. One system is executive functions. When they are compromised, there is a failure to organize and prioritize actions and behaviors.

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Shining the Spotlight on Caregiving Children of TBI by Janet Cromer, R.N.

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Studies have shown that caregiving can negatively impact children emotionally, physically, academically, socially, and behaviorally. Many families affected by brain injury or PTSD know how hard it is to live with the injured person’s angry outbursts and unpredictable behavior.

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