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Survivors of acquired and traumatic brain injury share challenges and rewards of rebuilding their lives and futures. Learning how to live with a brain injury can be a long, stressful and slow process that involves rebuilding your life and reshaping your future. These blog articles by survivors share the challenges, frustrations, joys and rewards of finding hope and a new way of living. By moving forward toward what is possible rather than looking back at what has been lost, it is possible to bring meaning to your life.

What I Learned From a Bathtub by Ann Zuccardy

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Ann Zuccardy relates how even a mild brain injury from a simple household accident can change the nature of how one deals with day to day events.

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Life of a Person with a Brain Injury by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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William Jarvis has lived as a person with a brain injury for many years. While he admits that he is different and that his injury is permanent, and that there are no easy answers, he still hopes on to hope and compassion. He explores the contradictions of of so many survivors who appear “normal” while still balancing the cognitive and physical challenges that can persist over years and even a lifetime.

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Old Experiences Help Cognitive Improvement after Brain Injury by William C. Jarvis, EdD

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When William jarvis sustained a serious brain injury, he was uncertain whether he could return to his position as a college professor, a job requiring complex cognitive skills, He reflects on how he used his past academic and artistic experiences, as well as prior learning, to build his cognitive improvement. Now retired, he admits that though his difficulties never go away, he has been able to achieve success in other aspects of life. His message to other survivors of brain injury is to never give up trying.

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I Found my Brain on the Radio by Kim Jefferson Justus

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Now an advocate for brain injury survivors after her misdiagnosis when she had an aneurysm, Kim Justus is now an author and radio host featuring interviews with survivors, families, caregivers, and clinicians. She interviews survivors and provides educational information on “life after brain injury” and issues related to caregiving. She discusses the problems she and other survivors face as well as the solutions they have found.

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Hobby Night for TBI Survivor Support by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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William Jarvis shows how having a hobby night at a TBI Survivor Support Group can help build confidence, cognition and language expression. As a long-time survivor of a truamatic brain injury, Bill Jarvis has found innovative methods and practices to continue his cognitive rehabilitation and retraining over the years.

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When TBI Improvement is Hard to See! by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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William (Bill) Jarvis) explores how TBI improvement is a life long process requiring goals, focus and accountability by survivors of brain injury. After the initial rapid gains of medical treatment and rehabilitation, many survivors find it hard to monitor the more subtle and gradual signs of TBI improvement. His experience and approach is testimony to the value of persi

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TBI Loss and Your Personal Power by Jeff Sebell

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Jeff Sebell explores how and why a brain injury or TBI can result in loss of personal power for survivors. When your brain isn’t functioning as it used to after an injury, the changes in a survivor’s life can feel like you’ve lost the power to live your life the way you want to and to be the person you want to be.
TBI causes this loss of personal power by filling the survivor with confusion, indecision, forgetfulness and passivity. He explores how to reclaim your personal power by focusing on how you perceive the world and using the power of your mind.

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Never Give Up Hope after Brain Injury by Jessica Smith

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Jessica Smith is a TBI survivor who managed to hold on to hope after brain injury, even when she could not speak, walk or care for herself. She describes how she fought back and fostered the flicker of hope even when the future seemed unbearable. Describing the love and support of her mom, she credits her presence throughout the ordeal with helping her fight back and regain her life. Her essay is a frank exploration of the pain of loss and the importance of hope even when things look darkest.

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Don’t be discouraged, there is always another bus for a TBI survivor! by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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William Jarvis contrasts the wish of so many TBI survivors for immediate healing with the challenges of living with a brain injury over years and even a lifetime. Struggles for the TBI Survivor can seem endless. It is acquiring the internal strength of patience that can make living with this injury possible. Your mental attitude towards difficulties can make the difference. By learning from failures, becoming persistent, and having patience, life can be meaningful and rewarding.

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Hope after Brain Injury – Never say Never by Jessica Smith

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Brain injury hope – what’s that mean? I’m Jessy. I would like to start off by saying that if anyone has any doubt about if your loved one or even yourself could possibility recover from a brain injury, I’m ecstatic to tell you there’s always a possibility of recovering if you have hope. Without hope, there’s really no recovery. You have to remember that the doctors that you or your loved ones see are smart, but they definitely don’t know everything. You know your limits better than a doctor does and it always helps having support.

I know from experience that a brain injury changes some aspects of your life, but by no means does it define you. I know because I have a TBI (traumatic brain injury).

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