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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.

The Need for Purpose after a Brain Injury – Part II

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According to Dr. Frank Crane, “Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soul power to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.” (Cook, 1993). After experiencing a traumatic event that causes one’s whole way of thinking, way of life and cognitive function to change, it is difficult to focus on anything outside of “I wish I were the same as I used to be.” If a victim of a TBI remains fixated on this thought, the probability of progressing to the next level of recovery, or the next level of higher functioning will be very slim. However, on a positive note, if one changes his or her way of thinking, or the mindset of their fixation, the results could be empowering and allow them to succeed.

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Ten Choices When Life Feels Stuck after a Brain Injury!

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At times we forget how much choice plays into where we are in life. You can choose to feel whatever you want to feel. You can choose to work on making a difference for yourself and others – and you can choose to not make a difference. You can choose to change your life and move it in the direction you want, but along with the choice there comes a commitment to do the work.

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Managing Anger and Agitation at Home

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Last week we talked about how to figure out what causes or triggers an angry response. Now let’s get into how to set up and use a behavior plan. I’ve also included important points to keep the survivor and family safe.

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Brain Injury and Aging

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One of the hot topics surrounding brain injury is what happens to the aging population. Read on and find many helpful tips on staying safe if you or a family member is an aging brain injury survivor.

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Extraordinary People

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Over the years, I’ve met hundreds of individuals who have rebounded from difficult, if not tragic, events in their lives. And each time that I encounter someone new who has survived such an event, I find myself with this same appreciation… those who strive to overcome obstacles in their life are not only strong, courageous and an inspiration…they are extraordinary!

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Tucker Taught Me… Let’s Chase Rabbits!

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Sometimes, I get sad during spring. Winter has been too long and too cold. Everything is a muddy mess. And that’s when my father died. One day, it’s bright and cheering. Then it’s dark and gloomy. The birds magically reappear. Then they mysteriously disappear. Sometimes, I don’t exactly know why I am so sad or why the tears come so quickly. I’ve always been a person with a wide range of emotions. But ever since my traumatic brain injuries, I’ve had what is referred to as heightened emotions, while others might have dampened emotions. Almost everyone with a brain injury will struggle with anxiety, depression and other emotional changes.

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Take Time to Smell the Flowers

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Spring is in the air! This is a lovely time of year where nature is rebirthed. The trees, grass, flower beds are bursting with colour and freshness. Listen for the lawn mowers and breathe in deeply the smell of freshly cut grass. Get outside and look at the blue sky. Lay on the grass or beach and watch the clouds float by. Pretend you are a kid and let yourself see shapes of animals and objects in the white cotton as it skims across the sky.

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Adaptive Sports Open Up the Great Outdoors

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Now that spring has greeted us with warmer temperatures and flowering trees I want to be outdoors all day. My husband Alan and I were always nature lovers who enjoyed hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. We weren’t competitive athletes, but we stayed active and had fun.

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Ending a Friendship

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Ending a relationship is never easy. Even when the ending is by mutual consent, it still can leave you feeling raw and wounded. It is not uncommon after an individual has sustained a brain injury for the person to experience a shift in their friendships. Some grow and expand while others wane away and then fade all together. While this isn’t fair, it is a reality. Here are some suggestions to consider if a friend has ended their relationship with you:

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The Need for Purpose

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As we all journey through life and get older, the timeless and fundamental human development questions: “Who am I? Why am I here? and What is my Purpose?,” begin to entertain our thoughts. For many of us, it is when we find the answers to these fundamental questions that we begin to gain a sense of meaning or purpose in our lives. When I was a little girl at the age of 6, I recall sitting in my first grade classroom in Germany learning that I could be anything I wanted to be when I became an adult. What does that mean exactly? Could I become a singer just because I wanted to? Or could I become the next Van Gogh using my doodling skills? As I grew older I learned that there is a difference in becoming who you are, rather than becoming what you want to be.

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