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My husband left for a baseball game with friends and never came home. Now we are on a journey to rebuild our lives and reinvent our family ...

My name is Abby Maslin and the experience of caring for someone with a brain injury has taught me much about living fully and the power of gratitude. Being a caregiver is more than a full-time job. It’s a terrifying and exhilarating rollercoaster ride. By sharing our experiences honestly — both the good and the bad — caregivers can work to support each other in a more authentic and meaningful way.

No one asks to be impacted by brain injury, but with tenacity we are capable of so much more than we ever dreamed. There is a life beyond brain injury for those who are willing to stretch their mind.

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Is Brain Injury to Blame?

April 24, 2017

Is Brain Injury to Blame?

As caregivers, we have to tread very delicately in interpreting our loved one’s behavior. When our default assumption is to blame brain injury, we run the risk of creating self-doubt in the survivor.

 
Back at Work

March 27, 2017

Back at Work

I never wish to glamorize the process of returning to work, nor unfairly claim credit for it. TC was at the helm for most of this journey. With that said, there are a few pieces of wisdom I’ve gathered from the experience...

 
We Can Do Hard Things

February 27, 2017

We Can Do Hard Things

Brain injury has been a type of boot camp for our family, a crash course in thickening our skins and tackling struggle head-on. And although none of us signed up for it willingly, I think we can all agree it’s been strenuous and valuable preparation for whatever challenges lie ahead.

 

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February 21, 2014

Abby Maslin's "Brain School"

Caregiver Abby Maslin used her background as a teacher to help her husband recover — with flashcards, books on tape, and singing in the car with their little boy.

 
Father and Son Getting to Know Each Other Again After Brain Injury

February 21, 2014

Father and Son Getting to Know Each Other Again After Brain Injury

Caregiver Abby Maslin talks about how her toddler son reacted to having his injured father home again.

 
Progress and Plateaus After Brain Injury

February 21, 2014

Progress and Plateaus After Brain Injury

Caregiver Abby Maslin talks about the ebbs and flows of her husband's progress after his severe brain injury.

 
Abby Maslin on Her Husband's Brain Injury Rehablitation

February 21, 2014

Abby Maslin on Her Husband's Brain Injury Rehablitation

Wife and caregiver Abby Maslin talks about her husband, TC's rehab — from getting out of a wheelchair and making great strides with his aphasia.

 

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