Thursday, November 27, 2008

Beth's Brain Injury Blog

Beth is now maintaining Beth's Brain Injury Blog and updates it far more regularly than I've been able to update this one. Since she has been living with a brain injury for over 18 years, she provides great information.

Take a look a Beth's Brain Injury Blog.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Brain Injury Questions Answered

Early in 2006 ABC News questioned several members of the medical community about Brain Injury. They prefaced the answers by saying, "Scientists and doctors have only just begun to unravel the mysteries of brain injuries. Here, some of the country's leading experts answer your questions about brain trauma."

How durable is the brain? How much trauma can it take?

"That depends..."

How difficult is it to rehabilitate the brain? Meaning can you re-create ability or function that is lost?

"Each case is unique..." said one doctor.

"The brain cannot be rehabilitated per se..." said another.

Do brain cells ever grow back?

"Dead brain cells do not grow back, and there is no consistent evidence that surviving neurons can replicate..."

What are the critical things to look for in the days after brain damage? What is the recovery time in terms of stages? How long does it take to know what damage is going to last?

"It can take days or even weeks to have a good idea." said one doctor.

"It may take weeks or even months to fully ascertain function that is permanently lost because of the potential for overlap of brain function." said another.

The country's leading experts are saying what those of us who live with brain injury everyday already knew. No two brains are alike; therefore, no two brain injuries are the same.

Common problems associated with brain injury were not part of the questioning. Those problems involve memory, cognition and behavior. Those are the very things we write about in Brain Injury Survivor's Guide, and we write about them from the perspective of "been there, done that."

That's why we discuss the very strategies we used to compensate for an injured brain. Frankly, it's information the leading experts don't have, because those leading experts have never had a brain injury.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Brain Injury Site is a new searchable website that contains a lot of information for persons wanting to know more about brain injury: symptoms, types, rehab, and more.

The search feature includes all pages on two brain injury sites: and features information for veterans as well as rehab facility listings and brain injury attorney listings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Try the search feature by clicking here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Note From a Reader

Thank you for your book [Brain Injury Survivor's Guide] and the unique, practical and real information it contains.

My daughter, who is now 15, suffered a severe closed concussion on 12/2/07. It resulted in a 'mild' Traumatic Brain Injury. Only recently have we been able to 'embrace' what is going on. I am no longer a blink away from crying. :)

Your book has made me smile and even laugh as we encounter this new life. The best effect of your book is that your compassion, appreciation and sincere understanding is evident in every sentence and somehow, those words on each page have made me not feel so alone.

For that I am forever grateful. Thank you.

(Names removed for privacy purposes)

Friday, February 29, 2008

Support Website has New Video

The support website for our book, Brain Injury Survivor's Guide, has a new video about Living with Brain Injury. It's a 30 minutes interview with a survivor and a therapist and contains a lot of good information.

Living With Brain Injury Video

We now have seven videos on our site. You can visit the Brain Injury Guide Video Page by clicking this link.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Brain Injury Survivor's Guide TOC

Table of Contents for Brain Injury Survivor's Guide:

Welcome to Our World
Chapter One - Code Blue!!!
Chapter Two - Beth's Message to Brain Injury Victims
Chapter Three - Larry's Message to Family Members
Chapter Four - Dealing with Doctors
Chapter Five - Dealing with Your Brain
Chapter Six - The Cycle of Response
Chapter Seven - Dealing with Getting Organized
Chapter Eight - Dealing with Common Problems
Chapter Nine - Dealing with Behavioral Issues
Chapter Ten - Little Ol' List Maker, You
Chapter Eleven - Sources of Information
Chapter Twelve - Professional Organizations
A Special Thank You from Beth
The Beginning

Monday, February 18, 2008

Brain Injury Movie - The Lookout

The Lookout is an action adventure movie, rated R, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Most people will remember Gordon-Levitt as the son on the hit television show Third Rock from the Sun.

Gordon-Levitt prepared for his role by visting the Betty Clooney Foundation in California and hanging out with victims of brain injury. He said, "You can read about [TBI] all you want, but once you spend time with a [TBI Survivor], you start recognizing them as individuals, as opposed to lumping them in with everybody else who might have those symptoms. [It was] just like hanging out with anybody else, except for certain moments when you'd realize, Okay, that just reminded me that your brain doesn't work the same way mine works. You've been through something I haven't been through."

Chris Pratt, Gordon-Levitt's character, sustained a brain injury in a car accident. He can be seen in the movie using many of the strategies explained in our book, Brain Injury Survivor's Guide.

Our Review: Beth and I have not seen a movie that depicts brain injury as well as this one does. Chris Pratt displays memory problems and always refers to his notebook. He has problems cooking. His house is "labelled." He has word-finding problems and says, "I call tomatoes lemons, and I know it's not right." His erratic brain filter is responsible for some of the salty language in the movie, just as it is in real life for those living with brain injury.

At the end of the movie, Beth said, "I didn't see anything wrong," as she assessed how brain injury was portrayed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to be commended for his excellent portrayal.

Note: This movie is rated R for violence, language, adult content and probably one scene where there is a glance of a nude male behind.