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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.

Find a Good Lap!

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When I was a little girl, I already knew what Tucker had to teach me after I got hurt: Find a good lap! Not just any lap. Find a good lap. Tucker helped me remember there were lots and lots of very good laps: sitting on my mommy’s lap reading a good book, galloping on my daddy’s lap pretending I was a wild horse, and snuggling with my sisters talking about this and that.

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Memory Enhancement and Tips

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Last week I shared cognitive rehab strategies for language skills you can practice at home. This week we’ll focus on strategies to enhance memory.

Brain injury can cause serious problems with memory. The problems might include remembering events before the brain injury or after the brain injury. It might also include problems with making and working with new memories. What could be more frightening than not remembering your name, your life, or why you’re in the hospital surrounded by strangers?

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Children and Grief after Brain Injury

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Children cannot be fooled. They know when something is wrong or when something “bad” has happened. As parents, we want to protect them and it is natural to want to keep them from experiencing pain and suffering. However, to avoid discussing with them how you feel or to not let them see you cry isn’t protecting them. Allowing them to see you cry because your heart is broken is not weak or shameful. Letting them know that they are safe in the midst of chaos and that you will all get through this together… is a gift.

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And this Year’s Award goes to…..

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ME! Really!? I don’t know what to say… sniff… this is such a surprise! I was not even aware that I was nominated! Seriously! First I’d like to thank…

That is the way I feel these days.
As a caregiver it gets very exhausting telling people all the time that things are ‘good’, ‘ok’, ‘have been better’ then try to throw in a ‘but there are days’ or ‘except that’ and then watch the looks turn to ‘oh well, at least he/she is still with you’. I get that a lot when I try to explain just HOW we are doing.

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Spiritual Insights for the Long Haul

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I am drawn by the idea of surrender to God’s will, but the pull on my will, and my consciousness is often from all the “good” things I expect of myself, and perceptions of what I must do as the mother of Brian, my son who is a brain injury survivor. What of these activities that occupy me are God’s will and what are my own plans, my own agenda, or even the world’s agenda?

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“April is the cruelest month”

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Like Eliot suggests, April is the cruelest month. It’s when guys like me, who’ve been deigned become a teacher, have seen myriad windows of opportunity slammed shut. It’s also when guys like me who’ve had a severe head injury; we find ourselves looking for another job come year’s end.

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Living the Dream

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Post-trauma, you find out that the future is not what it seems. And, while each head injury has its own unique compass, our main goal is to get back on our feet. However, recovery—even years later—can be meted out in tiny doses.

For me, just out of the hospital, I remember how I had a tough time remembering the names of my younger sisters in order. I’d call Jean, Jenny or Beth, Amy, or vice versa.

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Blowing Leaves

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I have some very good friends in Mexico and a couple of them volunteered to help me learn the language, so I started my first Spanish lesson today. It was a simple lesson, just to learn the alphabet. It seemed to go well, I made notes and made up my mind that I am going to study hard so that I can communicate with my neighbors here in Mexico.

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Cognitive Rehab at Home

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Brain injury can affect many areas of the brain involved in thinking, learning, remembering. and communicating. Cognitive rehabilitation aims to restore those abilities as much as possible, or teach the survivor strategies to compensate in new ways.

Cognitive rehab usually starts in the hospital or out-patient setting. But that’s just the beginning. Healing and recovering from a brain injury can take a long time. Many people can continue to make progress in specific ways for months and years after a brain injury with ongoing treatment, motivation, and practice.

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Welcome from Marie

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Hi! My name is Marie Cooney, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to start blogging regularly for Lash and Associates Publishing. I have survived, not one, but two Traumatic Brain Injuries.

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