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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.

My Life after Being Hit by a Semi; The Story of My Brain Injury by William Boggs

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Can someone live after being hit by an 18-wheeler truck? This is my story. My story is about an experience that not many people face. Those people who do face what I experienced may not be as blessed as I was. I can truly say that God has His hand on my life. No one saw it coming and no one was prepared. Not only was I in an accident that affected me physically, but the very core of my spiritual life was turned upside down.

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We Are More Than Our Brain Injuries by Cheryl Green

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Cheryl Green has met people who say some of us over-identify with our brain injuries. They complain that all some of us ever talk about is our brain injury. But it’s not for others to say. A brain injury can affect all parts of your life in the present and the future. If it’s your identity, that’s wonderful. If it’s what you want to talk about, that’s wonderful too. It’s not like we’re the only people on the planet who get really into talking about one thing.

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Meditation Brings Psychological Healing by William C. Jarvis

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Traumatic Brain Injury is often very discouraging on a daily basis. A TBI Survivor needs comfort in the journey of healing. Meditation offers the opportunity for gaining inner strength and peace. It is this strength that is often needed as one travels the journey of healing. People of all faiths can find comfort and strengths in the scriptures.

It is this emphasis on the peace and assurance that all meditations and faith bring to the individual that is the premise I offer. The individual process may be different, but the act of one’s implementation of his/her cultural beliefs will maximize psychological healing.

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Modalities For TBI Improvement by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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Traumatic Brain Injury improvement can be maximized when the TBI survivor uses strategies at home. Bill Jarvis has developed specific strategies for the Jarvis Rehabilitation Method that center around different modalities of effort. These modalities are: Speaking-Hearing; Seeing; Feeling; Thinking; Experiencing. He explains how and why these strategies have both direct and indirect benefits for continuing rehabilitation and progress over time.

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Cooking with Brain Injury by Cheryl Green and William Alton

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This short film by Cheryl Green infuses humor into daily struggles of life after traumatic brain injury. Cooking with Brain Injury shows how the ordinary task of cooking can become a challenging puzzle for the survivor of a brain injury. True events are shown in style of a network TV cooking show where the cooks are stymied by a piece of salmon and their own unpredictable obstacles.

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My Concussion Changed Me By Catz LeBlanc

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Catz LeBlanc describes the impact of a concussion she sustained as a sports injury that was soon after compounded by a car crash leaving her unable to work or function from day to day. Suddenly she was not the competent independent woman she knew but found herself struggling to understand what had happened to her. Losing her friends and family and her job was tough enough, but losing her ability to think clearly and negotiate the cognitive challenges of daily life was devastating. Her reflections and insights about what it means to have a brain injury and the misperceptions of others about “what was wrong with me” have led her to asking many new questions.

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The Slow Crawl of Brain Injury Recovery by David Grant

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David Grant describes his journey of brain injury recovery to find a “new normal” after he was broadsided while cycling in 2010. Entering the uncharted territory of specialists and hospitals, his cognitive challenges continued over time and increased his stress and anxiety. New difficulties with speech and memory undermined his sense of self and ability to work, jeopardizing his future. His insights into life as a survivor of a brain injury bring new insights and meaning to his life now.

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Becoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury by Deborah Schlag

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Becoming-The-Healer.jpgBecoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury is a book to be read by everyone, not just for understanding the brain injured person. No matter where you are in your life, reading or listening to this story will renew in you hope, faith, and the belief that miracles still happen today and can happen for you too. You will be inspired with great ideas, encouraging you to step out in faith, to let go of your fears, and to make the necessary changes to step into your own miracles.

This was the case with Deborah Schlag who never imagined herself to be given the gift of healing. Now, having experienced a brain injury and the miracles of healing that have brought her full circle in that process she shares to help you do the same.

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Surviving Separation and Divorce after TBI by William C. Jarvis, Ed.D.

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A traumatic brain injury can result in so many losses with the physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and financial changes. TBI survivor, Bill Jarvis, shares how his relationship with his wife changed as she became his caregiver. The toll eventually led to their separation and divorce plunging him into despair and grief. Sustained by his faith, he has rebuilt his life and found new meaning. He shares what he has learned with tips for survivors on how to head off a divorce.

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Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

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ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the brain. The brain is always trying to do things in parts that have been injured and even sometimes other parts of the brain take over. This does not mean 100% healing, but it does mean you can be better tomorrow than you are today!!!

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