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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.

Legal Position on Brain Injury – UK and USA

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In England and Wales the general attitude with regards to compensation for all personal injury claims, is that the compensation should aim to help the injured person return to the position they were in before the accident.

An injury claimant is entitled to an award for their suffering, pain, and loss of amenity which is assessed by guidelines, similar cases and their own personal circumstances. Expert evidence will be called from experts across a wide range of medical and non-medical fields to assist with this claim.

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The Myth of “Sticks and Stones…”

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Remember this saying that our parents taught us to use when kids at school were taunting or belittling us? Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I am sorry to be the one to tell you… it’s a big lie! Here is my take on it, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your hurtful words will forever scar me.”

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In My Perfect World

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When people wonder why I do what I do, I tell them this…

Because in my perfect world, everyone would readily wear a helmet, a seatbelt, and drive their vehicle knowing the lives of many can be altered with one single moment of carelessness.

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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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