The Spirituality of Brain Injury

Due to the fundamental nature of its reach, traumatic brain injury is a unique type of injury that encourages individuals to explore their own life in deeper ways. Here are some resources for those family members and survivors interested in current spirituality issues in TBI: Patrick Jones is a TBI survivor who has built an […]

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Brain Injury Recovery Kit Reaching More Lives

At a conference last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Keller, an industrious TBI survivor who teamed up with Daytimer to produce a remarkable resource for brain injury survivors and their loved ones: the Brain Injury Recovery Kit (BIRK). Recently, she contacted me to let me know about the exciting strides the kit […]

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Travelling Through Tennessee

Work finds me in Nashville, TN, this week. Yesterday I had the honor of lunching with Marjorie Bristol, a healthcare attorney who works for a non-profit organization. She represents some hundred and twenty TBI survivors seeking treatment–a drop in the bucket given the thousands of Tennesseans who need brain injury services. She told me that […]

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Life Span Issues in Brain Injury

As more individuals survive severe brain injury and live for decades beyond their injury, we are seeing the effects of brain injury accross the lifespan. For many of us who started out in brain injury rehabilitation in the 1970′s, we are aging with the people we serve. At the recent Iowa Brain Inujry Association Conference […]

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Iowa BIA Conference Wrap-Up

Iowa BIA Conference Wrap-Up

Once again, Iowa’s Brain Injury Association Conference proved to be an invigorating and educational conference that offered insight into the many issues surrounding brain injury care. Here are some of the highlights from the past week: –Marty McMorrow with Mentor kicked off the conference with a back-to-basics call for treatment that comes from the heart. […]

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Brain Injury in the Military: A Long Road Home

Rose Collins, Ph.D. of the Veteran’s Administration Polytrauma Rehabilitation Team at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center spoke at the Iowa Brain Injury Conference on March 17, 2006 in Des Moines. Her compelling presentation addressed the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other injuries who are entering into polytrauma rehabilitation on their long journey […]

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Iowa, Here We Come!

One of the best, most informative state-run brain injury conferences will be underway this week in Des Moines, from March 15-17th at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. It’s the Annual Iowa Brain Injury Association Conference, and it’s helmed by some of the most proactive TBI advocates in America. This year’s presenters include ABI specialist Sharon […]

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TBI Documentary A Must -See For All

While I was at the NASW conference in Albquerque recently, a social worker told me about a filmmaker named Laura Napier who had just completed a documentary about TBI survivors in New Mexico. I found myself immediately intrigued, so I tracked her down via email and ended up getting a chance to watch the documentary […]

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15 Years Worth of Advice for Family Members

Tom McMahon is dad to a child with a traumatic brain injury. Usually his posts are an impersonal treat that reveals his colorful mind and interests, but recently he decided to write a bit of advice for people living with a disabled family member: Here’s number one: Some Run Away I thought I’d start out […]

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Miner McCloy Still in the Dark

Fox news has recently reported that Randall McCloy–otherwise known as the sole surving miner from the West Virginia mining disaster–is still unaware that he is the only remaining survivor. To those of us familiar with anoxic injuries, it’s not a surprise that McCloy is suffering cognitive impairments. McCloy’s accident happened in January and I thought […]

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