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Life With a TBI: What I Wish I Had Known When I First Hit My Head

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

It has been 13 months since my fall, and I am just NOW starting physical therapy for my injuries and occupational therapy for my cognitive issues. I feel like I am late to the party, that I should have been here months ago. Late is better than never, but I have never been one to be fashionably late.

5 Things Every TBI Survivor Wants You to Understand

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

Every single thing we do, whether physical or mental, takes a toll on our brain. The more we use it, the more it needs to rest. If we go out to a crowded restaurant with a lot of noise and stimulation, we may simply get overloaded and need to go home and rest. Even reading or watching tv causes our brains to fatigue.

What Everyone Should Know About Life With A Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand.

Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

People make assumptions that I must be fine because I have an "invisible injury" and they see me constantly working my butt off. What they don't see is the pain and exhaustion at the end of the day.

Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Christopher King | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science
Christopher King

Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been much in the news in recent years.

Vet-to-Vet: How We Know It Works

Shad Meshad | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to highlight a couple of veterans' successes by sharing stories that show the importance of vet-to-vet connection and what can happen if treatment and housing options are available to help vets rebuild their lives.

Guns Allegedly Found At National Guard Armory Shooting Suspect's Home

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 09.10.2014 | Crime

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police found a store of firearms Thursday at the home of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting a longtime member of the N...

Can Music Save Lives?

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Can music save lives? Listen to and watch professional pianist, composer, author, and American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) artist spokesperson ...

Sarah Jane's Dad to President Obama: Tackle the Number-One Public Health Crisis

Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A. | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Patrick B. Donohue, J.D., M.B.A.

Brain injury in youth is the leading public health crisis of our time. Concussions in sports have received the greatest amount of attention by the media; however, brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, child abuse, falls, and gunshots as well as non-traumatic events like strokes, brain tumors, meningitis and seizure disorders.

Actor Ken Wahl's Second Calling: Animals for Disabled Vets

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Ken Wahl says that his current activism is the most rewarding thing he's ever done, far beyond his acting career or Hollywood stardom. And he's not giving up soon.

The Disturbing Link Between Brain Injury And Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact

A new study finds that almost half of homeless men surveyed suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past -- most of which occurred before the men los...

Healing the Forgotten: New Hope for TBI Patients

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Nadel

March is traumatic brain injury awareness month. After finishing a double shift, nurse Sarah C. was on her way home. "I remember standing on the sid...

Think: March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Lyrysa Smith | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lyrysa Smith

The sheer number of people with brain injury and all those who love and care for them should make apparent the need for broad attention and concern. Brain injury impinges on the whole person, not just one's legs or lungs, and its consequences are unpredictable.

Traumatic Brain Injury Raises Premature Death Risk

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

A new study reveals a troubling risk of traumatic brain injury. Researchers from the University of Oxford found an association between experiencing...

Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.

Family and Food: A Shrinking Violet Never More!

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 02.14.2014 | Women
Wendy Gaynor

Violet may be back to work, our "honeymoon" over, but since I've "hired on" as Violet's three-day-a-week baby sitter, I still get to spend untold time with my daughter, my baby, my 34-year old baby, Violet Moon. It may never be possible to make up for lost time, but together, mother, daughter, granddaughter, we are writing a new ending. I am blessed.

Family and Food: Giving Thanks

Wendy Gaynor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Wendy Gaynor

We understood more than ever that year what it truly meant to give thanks. Ruby was recovering, granted it was at a snail's pace, and we were blessed.

For Veterans, Veterans Day is Every Day of the Year

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

For most of us, Veterans Day is another day to celebrate and honor an occasion or event -- in this case a very special group of people. For our v...

Parenting After Widowhood: Learning, Growing, Living With Intention

Sandra Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sandra Walker

Being a mother is no easy task. It challenges you. Motherhood can bring you down to your knees and take you outside of yourself, your comfort zone, more times than you have ever had to in your life. As you are broken down though, you never stop fighting.

The U.S. Loves Football, Brain Injuries Not So Much

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports
Laura Lee Carter

After suffering a terrible fall from my bike five years ago, I experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). From that perspective, I find the present attention on injured NFL players interesting.

Winning the Language War, Defeating 'Military Sexual Trauma'

Joshua Kors | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Joshua Kors

The end of "Military Sexual Trauma" and "MST" can happen virtually overnight, provided that each of us commits to keeping those euphemisms out of our mouths and off our computer screens.

A Different Perspective on Why Veterans Matter

Shad Meshad | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

You don't have to look far to see other examples of veterans in public service. Senators Max Cleland and John McCain, both Vietnam veterans, come instantly to mind. And that's just the political scene. What about business, science, medicine, the arts?

Caring for Those Heroes With Invisible Wounds

Sherri Snelling | Posted 07.28.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

What isn't reported is the collateral damage of PTSD, TBI and depression is the caregivers helping loved ones cope as best they can in a society which has little understanding of brain-related illnesses and injuries.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: New Hope for the Brain-Injured Person

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is of great importance to raise the general awareness of the prevalence of brain injury, since even mild brain injury can have devastating impact on a person's life.

13,000 More Names to the List

Matthew Hoh | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The true measure of our society and the mark of who we are, not just as compassionate citizens but as responsible decision makers, is how we will choose to honor and remember those young men and women who have returned from overseas wars of our choosing broken, changed and sick.