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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Drinking Alcohol after Brain injury – Really? Why Not?

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Drinking Alcohol After Brain Injury November 2017 For many, it’s the season to celebrate with alcohol, to party with the holidays coming! How often have you heard that line – or is it an excuse? But you may have also heard comments from friends and family such as, “You get angry when you drink.” “I […]

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN – Journaling

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In 2004, Barbara Stahura discovered how truly restorative and therapeutic journaling is – after a hit-and-run driver left her husband, Ken, with a serious traumatic brain injury. She found solace in writing a journal – and found it to be a safe, nonjudgmental place to release her thoughts and feelings, often several times a day. By expressing her fears, panic, questions, anger, and love—she was keeping track of what was happening to Ken and to herself as well. As Ken very slowly returned mostly to his old self, eventually she was able to celebrate more often in her journal. She continues to share approach and techniques to journaling to people seeking to express their feelings and seek resolution to their personal life situations, stress, PTSD, and more.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN – Back to School

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Going back to school, whether you are a child, teen, adult, or veteran can raise new challenges if you have had a brain injury. Students, teachers, and families may have questions about the student’s abilities and teachers’ preparedness. This articles gives tips for addressing challenges in cognition and learning, along with resources for teaching strategies, classroom accommodations, and support.

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Nurture the Living!! by Cathy Powers

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Sowing into people’s lives can be as simple as a smile, being a good listener, donating something you no longer use, or want to keep, to a charity. Or, be kind to someone expecting nothing in return. What are you willing to do for the living around you?

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Why Write a Book About TBI? by Jennifer Callaghan

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I began by writing a few words, then a few sentences, and then, whole paragraphs. The more I wrote, the better I felt. I wanted, no — I needed to explain what it felt like inside the lonely head of a person with a brain injury and how the world looked.

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A TBI Cognitive Memory Tool and Gift from My Mother! by Cheryle Sullivan, M.D.

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Mom’s Inspiration by Cheryle Sullivan, M.D. My mom was the inspiration for Brain Tips: Inspirational and Motivational Calendar. At age 61 she fell down the stairs in her home sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), despite being active and healthy.  She died shortly after the TBI. After her death I opened a perpetual calendar she’d […]

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Why Is Survivor Recovery Not Just Another Headline? by Bonnie Nish

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Concussion and survivor recovery stories told by Bonnie Nish and 19 authors, share personal experiences of support and hope. It has taken me a while to figure out in what context I wanted to frame why it was I wanted to pull this book together. Why in the middle of my own trauma would I start to think that Concussion and Mild Brain Injury: Just Another Headline was a good idea at all? Over the last few years I have had many gifts bestowed on me. Yes, some are the kind you can hold in your hand. Others however, are more cerebral and the kind you hold in your heart. Tonight I couldn’t find my keys and for an instant I could feel my stomach turn when I remembered last week having left them in the door for hours. It wasn’t that I was worried someone would walk away with them and use them later, it was that it was so reminiscent of that time in my life when I wouldn’t even have remembered putting them in the door in the first place.

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