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badge2Living your life with a brain injury is much more complex than physical survival and medical progress. These blog articles discuss the long term effects of brain injuries on relationships over time.

Stress Resilience for Family Caregivers

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Caring for a loved one who has a brain injury leads you on a journey full of challenges, losses, rewards, and adjustments. You might be a caregiver for a short time but, more often, the survivor will require assistance, direct care, or ongoing rehabilitation for years. Preparing for your journey involves packing a suitcase full of skills and attitudes that will help you be healthy, whole, and resilient.

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Supporting Wives of Wounded Warriors with Brain Injury and PTSD

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Retreats for wives of wounded warriors help women find support and address needs for emotional healing. As caregivers of veterans with disabling injuries and PTSD, they are experiencing compassion fatigue and secondary stress. Marilyn Lash is part of a team with Hope for the Homefront conducting weekend retreats across the country with the support of Operation Homefront.

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Support May Come from Unexpected People after Brain Injury

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I took my grandsons to see The Land Before Time at the movie theatre. This classic children’s film shares the journey of five orphaned dinosaurs as they search for the Great Valley, a part of prehistoric Earth spared in the great earthshake.

All five characters are from different species. They are characterized as the Long Necks, Flat Heads, Sharptooths etc. They have been raised to believe they are different from one another and that they do not do ANYTHING together. The main character Littlefoot, questions his mother about this and she replies, “That’s the way it’s always been.”

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Be Responsible for the Energy

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The other day I was listening to one of Oprah’s Master Class programs on OWN, her television channel. She was speaking about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor; a neuroanatomist who suffered a hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain (www.drjilltaylor.com).

Dr. Bolte Taylor appeared on Oprah’s show. She had a profound effect on Oprah when she said that during her hospital stay, she wanted visitors to be responsible for the energy they brought into the room when they came to see her. Be responsible for the energy you bring. Be responsible for the energy you bring. This had as profound an effect on me as it had on Oprah.

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When Hope is All you Have

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Hope is that tense and exciting feeling we experience when desiring a positive outcome. At times, our sense of hope is backed with an expectation that whatever it is we are wanting is indeed attainable. Other times, our hope for something is more of a wish and often, undermined by a fear that the end result is unachievable.

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Keep the Peace

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“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

~ Thomas Kempis, Catholic Monk (1380-1471)

We all understand what it means to keep the peace in our communities and in the world. It’s not only important, but it is also the law. However, keeping the peace within ourselves should be equally as important and be second nature to us.

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New Beginnings after Brain Injury

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It’s still January, still the beginning of a new year. The time of year we all get a do-over. People make promises to start over: lose weight, exercise more, get that promotion, or spend more time with family. They make these promises because they choose to. They make them because they want to.

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Psychological Dimension TBI Improvement – Part 4

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The psychological aspect of improvement is probably the greatest influence upon the other three areas. It is assumed there is also a culminating effect of applying cognitive strategies for improvement in other dimensions as well. It is a person’s ability to psychologically know he is improving when progress is so slow that makes the difference.

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The Real Stars of Traumatic Brain Injury

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It’s impossible for me to count the number of times over the past 20 years that I have heard someone say: “We need to find a celebrity to be the spokesperson for brain injury.” I have always opposed this for several reasons.

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A Community with Relationships for Survivors of Brain Injury

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Too many adults who are survivors of brain injury have had multiple losses and lead isolated, lonely lives. Brain injury rehabilitation services have focused too much on trying to “fix” the survivor through rehabilitation treatment rather than helping the survivor develop a community with meaningful relationships that contribute to quality of life. This new direction is based on Condeluci’s concept of social capital and could change how rehabilitation programs and human services are delivered.

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