In our last blog post, we shared some of our favorite articles for caregivers of brain injury survivors. Today we’re sharing our favorites for survivors. What articles or blogs are your favorite? Share them in the comments.
In Finding Support: Join a BIA-MA Support Group, brain injury survivor and BIA-MA Administrative Assistant Sandra Madden writes about her experience in her support group and the benefits being involved in one can offer. If you’re interested in joining a support group, this blog offers reasons to join and information about finding one near you.
Finding self-acceptance and healing your heart after a brain injury can be challenging, especially since survivors lives can change so much post-injury. Tips For Healing Your Heart After a Brain Injury, written by BIA-MA Support Group Leader Liaison Barbara Webster, offers survivors tips and strategies for healing and moving forward after a brain injury.
Featured on Brainline.org – originally posted on karaswanson.wordpress.com – What Does It Mean To Survive discusses what it’s like to be a survivor of brain injury and so many other life-altering events. Kara writes, “I don’t simply wear “Survivor” around my neck like the anchor of some unjust sentence. I celebrate it. I dance with it. I giggle with it. I drink umbrella drinks with it. I pull it near and hold it close. I dust it and clean it and polish it.” Her incredibly positive attitude makes this post especially uplifting. As you read this blog, ask yourself, what does being a survivor mean to you?
Ever get frustrated that there are so many articles, brochures, packets and books lacking information about what other effects survivors experience after brain injury? Do you feel as though your doctor didn’t tell you all those little things, the changes to your every day life that you never expected? That’s what Lisa felt after she had her brain injury. From BrainInjuryStories.org, a project from the New York Brain Injury Association of New York State, and also featured on Brainline.org, The Girlfriend’s Guide to TBI: Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You, offers an open and honest account of Lisa’s experiences post-injury.
Ryan Farrell suffered a severe TBI during a cheerleading exhibition in 2010. In Keep Climbing, Ryan reflects on the past three years since her injury, how far she’s come and where she wants to go. Her blog is incredibly open and honest and encouraging for any survivor who’s been frustrated as he or she works to heal.
Our brain injury myths (#mythmonday) were incredibly popular on Facebook and Twitter. Part 1 and Part 2, which summarize all the myths were popular as well. Make sure to check them out and add others you’ve heard in the comments!
For more information on brain injury or the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, go towww.biama.org or call 1-800-242-0030.