Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Can I be Objective and Have Empathy after my Brain Injury?

One thing that has confused me since my TBI is empathy. I want everyone to have it and forgive me when I'm rude, forgetful, and overwhelmed. More than anything, I...

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Magic as Therapy after Brain Injury

Being disabled is not fun! A car collision for me in 2000 resulted in a coma, fractured C1-C4 vertebrae, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and one and a half years...

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Why Bother with Families after Brain Injury?

Writing for families gets little support or recognition in clinical and academic circles. It’s time to rethink biases and disincentives that leave families uninformed and searching for information about brain...

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Finding Purpose In Being a Brain Injury Survivor by Mike Heikes

The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed "helmets For Kids", giving away thousands of free helmets. It tells how Mike...

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The Grip of Anniversaries

As I write this, the calendar says July 5, 2013, but my mind is pulled back to July 5, 1998. That’s because my husband Alan suffered the massive heart attack...

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Janet Cromer Interviewed on Brain Injury Radio

This week I had the pleasure of being a guest of Kim Justus, host of the Recovery Now show, on Brain Injury Radio. Kim is a brain injury survivor and...

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Head Injury: Where the Rubber Meets the Road by Ron Harnett

My wheelbarrow tire suddenly goes flat. With the spring thaw, dirt and debris to be loaded on and carted around, not good timing. What to do? What turns out is a...

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Hi God, it’s me, David – After My Brain Injury! by David Grant

Since my accident, I’ve taken up an interest in nuclear physics. That alone is a bit of an oddity. Most of your Kids don’t realize that all the matter that...

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The Near Normal after Brain Injury

Four years ago, I survived two Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, one from a car accident in which I was broadsided while idling at a stoplight. My driver’s side and curtain...

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Brain and Healing by William Jarvis

ALL TBI SURVIVORS AND CARE GIVERS NEED TO KNOW that improvement is possible, even years later. It always amazes me the amount of healing that can take place in the...

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Let’s Write!

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Does the mere thought of writing leave you cold? Perhaps it reminds you of the difficult times you had in school trying to write to the satisfaction of your teachers. Or perhaps the thought of writing about your life leaves you thinking there’s nothing in your life worth writing about. To both of these reasons for not journaling, I say: Let them go!

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Learning to Love a Stranger

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Valentine’s Day is not the only time we think about love and long for a deep connection with a partner. After a person has a brain injury, especially a moderate-severe injury, there may be changes in personality, memory, and communication.

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What Journaling Can Do For You

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Note: I know of no studies so far that have been conducted with people with brain injury who journal. However, this kind of writing is beneficial for so many populations, it would undoubtedly be helpful for many people with brain injury. I do know that the people with brain injury in my journaling groups have benefited greatly from this practice.

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Brain Injury and Substance Abuse

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One out of two adolescents or adults with brain injury abuses substances like alcohol or drugs. Some survivors trying to cope with depression, social isolation and other losses turn to alcohol or drugs. Abusing these substances can slow or complicate recovery.

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Daddy’s Little Princess

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I was and still am (and always will be) a huge Daddy’s Girl. My dad always told me he never wanted a boy. He wanted a princess to spoil, and that is what he did.We were more like best friends than father and daughter. Even though there were over a thousand kilometers between us, we were close as could be. It was never out of the ordinary to receive a phone call at 2 in the afternoon and it was my dad at work. He had heard a joke and had to share it with me. He would surprise me with visits, calls and gifts all the time. He was my best friend.

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Ten Tips to Manage New TBI Caregiver Responsibilities

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Are you a new caregiver for a family member who recently sustained a brain injury? Are you struggling with all of the responsibilities and tasks? The crisis stage of brain injury treatment covers the time when your family member is in the intensive care unit, until he/she begins early rehabilitation.

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How To Journal – Part 2

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Last time, we covered some of the guidelines for satisfying, effective journaling. Now, let’s look at some journaling techniques you might find helpful.

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Ten Tips for New TBI Caregivers

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In 1998, my husband Alan suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest that led to a severe anoxic brain injury. I can still remember those early days when he was in the intensive care unit (ICU). What comes back is my feeling of everything being out of my control.

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Family Caregivers of Veterans with Brain or Blast Injury Face Huge Strains

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The caregivers and families of severely injured veterans, many of whom have traumatic brain injury and blast injury, face ongoing emotional and financial pressures. There are thousands of unpaid caregivers, mostly parents, spouses and siblings, who assist vets injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they struggle to get through each day.

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Journaling After Brain Injury

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Wonderful! You have decided to begin journaling. How do you get started? It could be that you simply put your pen on the paper, or your fingers on the keyboard, and go.

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