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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Concussions in High School Sports

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This is the title of an excellent article by Dr. George Wham, Jr. in the Fall 2010 issue of Headlights!, the newsletter of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. His research team at the University of South Carolina surveyed all high schools in SC to examine the medical care provided in their athletic programs. They found that SC schools with access to athletic training services provided a significantly higher level of medical care than schools without them.

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Teens and Sex after Brain Injury

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Last week, my husband and I went to our first high school football game in our home town. It’s been a long time – I won’t even tell you how long – since either of us have been teenagers. High school sure has changed a lot since our day! We were in culture shock at what passes for the new norms of dress and style – talk about peer pressure!

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Adolescence, Brain Injury, and Sexuality

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The transition from childhood to adolescence is fraught with many physical and emotional changes. It can be a difficult time for the child and parents alike. Most families experience a period of major adjustment to the child’s changing mannerisms, quest for privacy and greater independence. When a child experiences a brain injury, either at a younger age or during this period of transition, it commonly creates many more problems than a child arriving at this age without a brain injury.

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Life with Gusto after Brain Injury

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Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury chronicles the seven year journey Janet shared with her husband after a cardiac arrest left Alan with a severe anoxic brain injury. Janet details their process of composting a new identity, marriage, and life with meaning and gusto.

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Sexuality after Brain Injury

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One of the common consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sexual dysfunction. Unfortunately addressing sexual issues as a component of rehabilitation is often overlooked for a variety of reasons.

“Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience” (Sander). We are all sexual beings and sexuality is part of our life experience. Social mores and cultural differences make sexuality a taboo issue in some societies. Many therapists and other direct care providers in hospital and rehabilitation settings are untrained about sexuality and persons with disabilities. Their personal values often interfere with their ability or comfort level discussing the topic. When sexuality is overlooked as part of rehabilitation, sexual dysfunction can become an issue that is very difficult for families to understand. Social isolation, common for persons after TBI, limits opportunities for developing meaningful relationships.

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Realistic Hope

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Written by a TBI survivor and coach, the book cautions against expectations of a “return to normal” in favor of a more realistic hope: start where you are and strive to be a little better every day.

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Divorce after Brain Injury

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With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, it’s been widely reported for many years that the rate of divorce is even higher among couples when a spouse has a brain injury. Divorce rates ranging from 48% to 78% are commonly given.

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Emotional Mis-communication Changes Relationships after Brain Injury

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Why do many persons with brain injury have trouble developing and maintaining relationships? It may be due to changes in their ability to read and express emotions. This is essential for communicating and connecting with other people and for sustaining close relationships. Research into the expression and interpretation of emotions by survivors is examining new areas for brain injury treatment and recovery.

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Tracking Recovery of Children with Traumatic Brain Injury

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A child’s recovery after traumatic brain injury takes time because a child’s brain is still developing. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral effects can change as the brain matures. Therapies can help the child relearn skills and acquire compensatory strategies, but there may be developmental delays due to damage to the brain. It is important for parents and therapists to monitor children’s recovery by tracking signs and symptoms over time. School is the arena where the long-term effects of a child’s brain injury are most likely to be evident with changes in learning and behavior.

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Becoming my Husband’s Caregiver after his Brain Injury

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A wife describes the mixed emotions of becoming her husband’s caregiver after his traumatic brain injury changed their lives and their family. As Irene Young entered the new world of caregiving, she became responsible for managing his care, providing emotional support, measuring progress in slow steps, and maintaining hope for recovery. As the parent of a young daughter and the spouse of a survivor of brain injury, she learned the importance of changing expectations, setting goals, finding time, and finding a balance.

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