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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.

Speaking Publicly for the First Time after Brain Injury

I was a schoolteacher who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury two years ago. Over the last two years I have faced many frustrating challenges with medical, legal, and insurance people. I cried more over my encounters with them, than I did about the loss of my old life or abilities. The most traumatic part of my MTBI, was meeting with doctors, employers, and insurance companies. So, I decided to speak out and share my story.

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Journey of Reflection

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An old man was walking down a long, lonely road one day on a journey he knew must soon come to an end. As the days passed slowly by, his mind was reflecting upon his journey thus far. There have been many trying times and a lot of uncertainties along the way, but there were many happy and joyous times as well.

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Healing Your Heart After a Brain Injury

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Winter can be a tough season for anyone but it can be exceptionally distressing for brain injury survivors. On top of struggling with the typical “winter blues”, brain injury survivors are struggling with a fundamental life crisis. Who am I and what is my value if I can’t do what I used to do, if my friends aren’t my friends anymore and I am a problem for my family?

Something you may not realize is that there is commonly a grieving process associated with healing from a brain injury. You have lost much of your “sense of self”. You don’t know how much you will get back and you may not know for a long time. There are often secondary losses as well – jobs, income, homes, friends, even family. These changes and losses all have a profound effect on a survivor, as well as their family and friends.

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How to Help a Friend with a Concussion

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Your buddy or teammate or family member has sustained a concussion. Maybe you don’t believe it. Maybe she doesn’t believe it. Listen up: BELIEVE IT. There is no way to prove that someone has had a concussion. The only way for her to recover quickly and fully is to Rest.

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Journal Writing: A Window into Life by Janelle Breese Biagioni

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It seems to be our nature to see the accomplishments of others; however, we often overlook our own. We either fear what we have done is not enough or we don’t see how all the little things we did actually contributed to a bigger accomplishment.

Journal writing is a great way to record short, simple notes so that from time to time you can read and reflect on your journey. Often, it’s surprising to see how far you have come.

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A Conversation with Taryn Stejskal

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Traditional therapies after brain injury too often do not address changes in intimacy and sexuality when a spouse or partner has a TBI. This leaves couples struggling on their own at home and contributes to marital stress. Dr. Taryn Stejskal is one of the few clinicians who has specialized in counseling couples as they deal with the aftermath of brain trauma. In this interview with Barbara Stahura, Dr. Stejskal shares how she became interested in helping couples deal with changes in intimacy and sexuality and her perspective on the importance of rebuilding and sustaining personal relationships. Author of several tip cards on this topic, she is a popular author and speaker.

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Understanding When Family and Friends Don’t Know How To Act

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We were sitting around on the deck the day after the wedding and at one point I was having trouble following the conversation. My brother stopped and said “OK everyone dial their intellect down a notch so Terri can follow” That was supposed to be funny. My reaction was wow – that hurt. I realized that it was his way of dealing with my occasional processing issues. It makes him uncomfortable and he does not know how to handle it.

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Get a Group, Get a Life after Brain Injury

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But like any other human being since the dawn of time, hardship has reared its head repeatedly. From the unexpected loss of family members to a bankrupt business, some heavy blows have fallen. This does not make me unique. It simply makes me human. I carry no hard feelings or resentment about any of my challenges or difficult experiences. In fact, at a deeper level, I can appreciate them as they strengthen me. As steel is tempered and made stronger by fire, so have the fires of my own life, including my brain injury, made me stronger.

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How much does traumatic brain injury really cost society?

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Despite what some people – and it seems most insurance adjusters may think – TBI doesn’t go away when the accident victim is released from the hospital or when the lawsuit ends. In fact — as the public becomes more and more aware of the real consequences to many professional athletes and football players in particular who have suffered head injuries during their playing careers — very real and devastating consequences can lie in store, even for less immediately debilitating head injuries and concussions.

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Begin Again Ranch – Part 2

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Greetings friends. I can’t believe it is already the end of August. Next month will mark the three year anniversary of my accident. So much has changed. After 20 years we sold our home in California and moved our herd (our two horses that were boarded at a riding facility) to 6 acres in Colorado. So different ~ so much more work. The move has forced me to be more physically active – caring for a herd of 4 horses (2 of our own and 2 boarded) plus a new herd member – Burrito the mini donkey.

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