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NRI at the Zarrow Mental Health Association

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This year’s Zarrow Symposium, organized by the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, garnered national news for its powerful themes of diversity and inclusion. Among notable speakers like Cornell West, our own CEO Dr. Rolf Gainer presented his talk “Resilience After Brain Injury Disability (pdf).” Shortly after that presentation, Dr. Gainer and Jason Pirtle, the Director […]

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November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

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Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month, and, in honor of that, our Brookhaven’s November Seminar was, “Living with a diagnosis: different perspectives for care partners and persons diagnosed.” It was one of the best I have attended in the year I have been part of the Brookhaven family. Nancy […]

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New Wave of Athletes Come Forward About Concussions In a Sport You Wouldn’t Expect

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Written by Tyven Gabriner In the sports community, the topic of concussions has been increasingly gaining traction as more and more athletes have come forward about their struggles with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). I have seen many athletes on the news, like Eugene Monroe, retire from the NFL to avoid brain injury. After reading a New […]

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A Day at the Pool: What Successful Brain Injury Rehabilitation Looks Like

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Written by Kristi Whitaker, LMSW, CBIS As Brain Injury Case Manager, I don’t usually get to see how former patients of ours are doing after they leave our care here at NRI at Brookhaven Hospital. I recently had that rare opportunity while away at a conference. I was approached by a former patient, also a […]

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Mindfully Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of Caregiving

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Written by Melissa Felteau, MAdEd Like so many others who have had the experience of a brain injury, we have been the recipients of a great deal of compassion and love – especially from our parents, who helped us face the daunting challenges to recovery.  So what happens when the roles are reversed as our […]

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Learning the Ropes at Brookhaven Hospital

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Written by Kristi Whitaker, MSW, Brain Injury Case Manager I wanted to introduce myself to our NeuroNotes readers since I’ve been working as a Brain Injury Case Manager and Clinical Assessor for the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (NRI) at Brookhaven Hospital for a few months now. In my brief time here, I have been to three […]

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“A Warm and Tender Hand” Trauma, Support, and the Impact of Unresolved Pain

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Written by Dan Harren What do you say to someone that has experienced a great loss? How do you comfort someone who has suffered a catastrophic brain injury? Or the loss of a limb? Or a spinal cord injury? Henri Nouwen points out, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most […]

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Catastrophic Injury: The Struggle to Heal

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Written by Dan Harren “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before.”–Elizabeth Edwards  “Never, never, never give up.”-Winston Churchill The catastrophic injury survivor must eventually face the question: do I accept my current abilities and disabilities, or do I keep striving for more? Do I keep […]

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Broken Tea Cups: Healing and Pushing Ahead

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Written by Dan Harren “What counts is not the best living, but the most living.” Camus The problem with rehab is it leads to more rehab. Rehab should not be thought of as an ongoing process, but as a necessary step to the rest of the patient’s life. There must be clear goals and there […]

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Uber Comes to Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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Written by Rolf B. Gainer, PhD & Dan Harren Uber has brought about big changes in access to transportation and businesses modeled after Uber are springing up in areas like: grocery shopping, personal services in the home and even in law and medicine. Can Community-based brain injury rehabilitation services be “”Uber-ized”? Well, rehabilitation services in […]

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