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Living with Traumatic Brain Injury: Personal Stories

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Life is different after a traumatic brain injury. In addition to all the physical changes a brain injury may bring, a traumatic brain injury can also mean the loss of a career or the disruption of an education. It can change your plans for the future, alter the way you meet and make friends, and affect the way you think about yourself. Life after a brain injury usually involves challenges, but that doesn't mean life is less valuable or fulfilling.

While everyone with a brain injury embarks on their own unique journey toward recovery, there are some common experiences that many people share -- experiences that can offer tremendous inspiration and support at various points in life.

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When the Dust Finally Settles: Strategies for the Long-Term Caregiver
By: Joel Goldstein | September 3, 2014
Learn from this father's experience with the "twists, stumbles, set-backs, and wild-goose chases" of a having a TBI in the family.

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Developing Effective Adaptive Strategies After Brain Injury
September 2, 2014
Why is BrainLine blogger David Grant an incessant picture taker?

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Just What We Got
By: Kara Swanson | September 2, 2014
"Eighteen years and some spare change later, what I realize is that age is a wise old friend with deep pockets…." writes the wise and funny blogger Kara Swanson.

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Acceptance and Attachment
August 25, 2014
BrainLine blogger Abby Maslin talks about how she is working on finally letting go of the "old," pre-injury TC with the help of a lot of yoga and self-reflection.

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Love and Caregiving, One Day at a Time
August 21, 2014
Flowers and candy, wine and expensive gifts are nice, but not the secret to a long and healthy marriage, says Rosemary Rawlins.

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Let the Boat Do the Work
August 11, 2014
Before his TBI, Janna Leyde's father was passionate about waterskiing. Janna thought that love was lost, but she discovered there was still hope.

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The Broken Watch
August 7, 2014
Remembering her father who had dementia — another sort of injury to the brain — Rosemary says that letting time stand still every now and then is good for the soul.

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Learning to Live in the Moment After Brain Injury
August 4, 2014
"In hindsight, it’s probably best that we didn’t know what was coming. No one really wants to know that life is about to become difficult — very difficult."

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The Real Truth About Brain Injuries
By: Dixie Coskie | BrainLine Kids | July 21, 2014
Caregivers often focus on the silver linings. Mother and caregiver Dixie Coskie has had enough; she's sharing how she truly feels.

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The Chicken Book
July 14, 2014
BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde talks about the power of stories, back when her father was first injured and now, sharing her own with others.

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Strength and Balance
July 10, 2014
One of the guiding principles of my life as a wife of a husband with TBI is to “explore everything,” says Rosemary Rawlins.

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Of Fireflies and Thank Yous
July 7, 2014
A trip to visit the firemen who helped save David Grant's life brings both high emotion and deep gratitude.

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I Love the Now
June 9, 2014
Janna Leyde wonders if fully loving the new version of her father is strangely like cheating on the old, pre-injury version of her father.

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I Am Disabled
June 2, 2014
Saying "I am disabled" was an unexpected admission for David Grant, which brought about unexpected emotion.

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The Cause of it All
May 26, 2014
"The cause of it all can’t be changed, but it doesn’t have to destroy us either," says Abby Maslin whose husband sustained a severe TBI after being attacked.

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What You Bring to the Mat
May 12, 2014
Brainline blogger and yoga teacher Janna Leyde talks about the nuances of teaching yoga to vets and civilians with brain injury.

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Churning Out the Miles
May 5, 2014
Can you bike along the same street where you were hit by a car? BrainLine blogger David Grant talks about when he first got back on his bike post-TBI.

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When We Show Up
April 14, 2014
For Janna Leyde, her father, and her other students, yoga is often "the path away from the unfairness"

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Predictably Unpredictable
April 7, 2014
"The real eye-opener was how long it has taken me to realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train," says David Grant about recovering from his TBI.

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Thinking ...
By: Anna-Theresa Coskie | BrainLine Kids | April 4, 2014
A sister looks back at how her brother's severe brain injury continues to affect her life and that of her family.

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Soul Kitchen: Some Thoughts on Food and Cooking After Brain Injury
By: Su Meck | March 24, 2014
Su Meck, who lost her entire memory when a ceiling fan fell on her head, was sent home to feed and care for her family.

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If the Whooping Crane Can ...
By: Kara Swanson | March 24, 2014
TBI Blogger Kara Swanson talks about how people with TBI can be like the whooping cranes that were in danger of extinction but learned to soar again.

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How Drumming Brought Me Back to Life After Brain Injury
By: Gary "Porkchop" Schopmeyer | March 21, 2014
"Drumsticks are such familiar objects to me — almost like extensions of my own body — that I knew they’d serve as a crucial part of my recovery."

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To the Kids
March 10, 2014
Brainline blogger Janna Leyde writes a letter to other kids out there like her who have a parent with a brain injury.

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Traveling at the Speed of Light
March 3, 2014
"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. If you have had a TBI, prepare for a very short flight. The rest of you, well, make yourself comfortable for the next few hours."

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Faith
February 10, 2014
BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde talks about the ongoing struggles of growing up with a father — and family — that changed because of a brain injury.

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The Day I Met Little Bear
By: BrainLine | February 3, 2014
BrainLine blogger David Grant talks about the healing he found at a Native American pow wow.

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Time Warp or Puppy Energy?
By: Janna Leyde | January 9, 2014
Janna Leyde talks about the "small, fuzzy, blonde being" that is bringing out the two parents she has not seen in years.

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All About My Mother
By: Janna Leyde | December 10, 2013
"My mother is amazing. Sometimes I tell people she’s an alien because there is no one I know like her," says Janna Leyde about her mother in the wake of a TBI that changed their family.

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Reclaiming Intimacy After Brain Injury
By: David A. Grant | December 6, 2013
David Grant takes on the tough topic of sex and intimacy after brain injury.

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Get a Group, Get a Life!
By: David A. Grant | December 3, 2013
In his TBI support group, David Grant learned that problems carried alone are problems doubled, while problems shared are problems cut in half.

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The Value of Therapy
BrainLine Kids | November 15, 2013
For Nicole Wight, it took a long time to get herself in therapy but she needed help to grieve the loss of her mother and the loss of who her children once were.

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Managing the Future for a Special-Needs Child
BrainLine Kids | November 15, 2013
Nicole Wight says her hopes and dreams for her son have not changed since he sustained a severe brain injuy; her biggest hope is that he will be happy no matter what he does.

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Life After Brain Injury: Developing a Meaningful Life
By: David A. Grant | November 14, 2013
David Grant knows that a brain injury is just about the last thing you think about until it becomes the only thing you think about.

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The Car Crash that Changed the Wight Family
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Nicole Wight talks about the day of the car crash that killed her mother and left her two young children with brain injuries.

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The Moment Michael Wight "Wakes Up" for the First Time
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Nicole Wight talks about when her son first re-emerged after his brain injury while in OT.

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Not Just a Special-Needs Mom
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
When you bring normalcy to your own life, the kids can have more normalcy, too, says Nicole Wight.

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Grieving Your Loss and Loving Your "New" Children
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Nicole Wight talks about the wrenching pain and difficulty that was accepting the fact that although her two kids did not die in the car crash, they would never again be the same.

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Life After Brain Injury: I Have a Secret
By: David A. Grant | November 5, 2013
Most anyone living with a traumatic brain injury already knows this secret: not all is as it appears. .

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Life After Brain Injury: Dead Man Walking
By: David A. Grant | November 4, 2013
For David Grant, seeing the crash that caused his TBI through the eyes of others was quite surrealistic.

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From Caregiver to Caregiver: Words of Advice and Encouragement
By: BrainLine | October 25, 2013
Few people are more qualified to offer caregivers advice and encouragement than others who have walked in their shoes. Hear advice and thoughts from TBI caregivers.

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Mike’s Story
By: Mike Heikes and Paula Schmidt | October 24, 2013
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the  butterfly.”  September 4, 1982 was the day Mike “Pedal Monster” Heikes left his caterpillar life forever and began his wild adventure as someone who survived a TBI.

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Reinventing the Family
By: Abby Maslin, for BrainLine | September 26, 2013
Abby Maslin shares her thoughts on how her husband's brain injury is helping them become even better parents than they could have imagined.

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Live the Synonym
By: Kara Swanson | August 15, 2013
TBI Blogger Kara Swanson knows that "life cannot be perfect ... but it CAN, however, be perfect for you."

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Reclaiming Health After a Brain Injury
By: Abby Maslin, for BrainLine | July 11, 2013
A TBI can put everything on hold, but as time passed, Abby Maslin knew she had to help her injured husband — and herself — return  to their previous healthy habits.

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Remembering Who You Are
By: Sarah Kishpaugh, for BrainLine | June 11, 2013
Sarah Kishpaugh rediscovers her feisty sense of humor, which got temporarily buried in the maelstrom after her husband's TBI.

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He Never Liked Cake
By: Janna Leyde | BrainLine Kids | June 7, 2013
A brain injury can turn a family's life upside down. Add in adolescence. Read an excerpt from Janna Leyde's coming-of-age story — raw, honest, funny, heart-breaking and heart-affirming.

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The Power of Mountain Pose -- and Beyond
By: Janna Leyde, for BrainLine | BrainLine Kids | June 4, 2013
Janna Leyde, writer, yoga teacher, and daughter of a father with severe TBI, asks: "So how do we reconnect the mind and body? How do we find ourselves in the now?"

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Creativity in Caregiving
By: Abby Maslin, for BrainLine | May 20, 2013
Loving wife and teacher Abby Maslin uses her creativity and teaching skills to help her husband recover from a severe TBI.

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Unfreezing Grief
By: Janna Leyde, for BrainLine | May 20, 2013
"Growing up with a father with a TBI is complicated, un-ending grief without closure. It’s the opposite of resolution. It’s missing someone like hell who’s still alive and with you."

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Here’s What I’ve Learned by Accident … How About You?
May 2, 2013
People often ask Rosemary what she has learned from Hugh's traumatic brain injury and all that has come after. In this week's blog post, she shares some of the lessons she has learned along the way.

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Life Out of Order
April 18, 2013
Rosemary talks with author and caregiver Sally Laux who lost her three brothers — two to death, one to a severe TBI.

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Banishing Caregiver’s Remorse
April 11, 2013
Do you feel like no matter how much time you spend caregiving, you are not doing enough? Rosemary has felt that way, too, but realized she needed to do something about it.

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Superman: Suzanne Laboy's Blog
By: Suzanne Laboy | April 5, 2013
In February 2013, police officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head. His wife, Suzanne, is chronicling the family's journey.

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What Does It Mean to Survive?
By: Brain Injury Blog, March 25. 2013 | March 29, 2013
"Life and living is the very definition of surviving. It is what the living do. Definitions are meant to change. Able to change. For the brain injured, begging to change. What does it mean to you to have survived?"

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Gifts
March 28, 2013
"Think for a moment about the best gift you have ever received. What made it so different from all the rest?" Rosemary shares one birthday present she will treasure forever.

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Paper Trail or Trial?
March 14, 2013
Before Hugh’s injury, I loved getting mail in my mailbox. Afterward, I dreaded adding another pile to the piles of mail that permanently resided on my desk, office floor, and living room table.

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Gray Matters: G. Gayle Kelley
By: Kentucky Educational Television | March 8, 2013
"TBI does not change the fact that we are human beings. We have feelings. We are not second class citizens. We are different, but different does not mean worse."

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Gray Matters: T.K. Johns and Tim Johns
By: Kentucky Educational Television | March 8, 2013
"You want your son back so bad and you want him to have a normal life. It's not going to happen ... all you can do is be there 100 percent."

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Why Stories Matter
March 7, 2013
Rosemary talks about giving her first caregiving talk at a brain injury conference and how friendships and opportunities burgeoned from there.

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Life Out of Order
By: Sally Laux | March 5, 2013
Sally Laux has lost her three brothers — two to death, one to a severe TBI — and yet, as she walks on a landscape of new textures and colors, she somehow continues to find meaning in her life.

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Bouncing Forward
February 21, 2013
What exactly is "resilience"? In her caregiving blog, Rosemary talks about this important ability as a way to "bounce forward" after brain injury.

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Caris' Peace
By: Directed by Gaylen Ross with Rebecca Nelson, GRFilms, Inc. | January 29, 2013
Watch this clip from a powerful documentary about a brilliant actress who triumphed over the loss of her short-term memory.

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A Crash Too Late
By: Lesley LeMasurier | November 28, 2012
Seven years after having to leave her beloved sport of alpine ski racing, Lesley LeMasurier shares her story and sage advice.

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Rise and Shine
By: Simon Lewis | November 13, 2012
An excerpt from a stunning book about what it means to return to live after a near-death experience.

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The Way I Walk
By: This Land Television | September 28, 2012
As a young Cub Scout, the "Broken Arrow Boy" fell and an arrow in his hand punctured his brain. More than 50 surgeries later, Adam Moore lives a spiritual and artistic life.

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Creating Art After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2012
Since her brain injury, world-renowned artist Ginny Ruffner has had to discover different and more inventive ways to create her art.

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Artist Ginny Ruffner's TBI: Yesterday's News
September 19, 2012
Giving up art after her TBI was never a choice. "Giving up art is like giving up having green eyes. It's who I am, not what I do."

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The Benefits of Being a Gym Rat -- Before and After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2012
I keep making improvements partly because I go to the gym, partly because I do exercises at home, and partly because I'm so dang stubborn. I want to keep moving forward.

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Choose to Laugh or Cry After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2012
Artist Ginny Ruffner thinks a TBI is like the universe having a really wicked sense of humor ... but she shows that determination and humor can outmatch any challenge.

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Recovery Motivated by Fear ... and the Drive to Create Art
September 19, 2012
In therapy post-TBI, artist Ginny Ruffner was taught to bag groceries. That scared her — and motivated her to always do more than she needed to.

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Best Advice to Keep Pushing Forward After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2012
Artist Ginny Ruffner's advice to others with TBI: "Persist! Keep doing it, trying it, pushing it, saying no I'm not stopping it. Keep Going!"

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Artist Ginny Ruffner on Curiosity, Language, and the Brain
September 19, 2012
Artists may see the world differently from most people, but for artist Ginny Ruffner, especially after her brain injury, thinking about thinking, thinking about wonder and how the mind creates and is endlessly fascinating.

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The Changing Wonders of Art and Beauty — Before and After a Brain Injury
September 19, 2012
Artist Ginny Ruffner believes that surrounding herself with beauty makes her happier in her head and heart ... and beauty is always changing.

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Fighting the "TBI Wars": New Alternatives for TBI Survivors
By: Joel Goldstein | September 5, 2012
In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway wrote, “The world breaks us all, then after, some are strong at the broken places.”

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Growing Up with Brain Injury
By: Janna Leyde | BrainLine Kids | August 27, 2012
This is a glimpse into the life of girl whose father sustained a brain injury. Her life continues to be defined by the moment of her father's car crash — for better and for worse.

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Bring on the Steeple Chase!
By: Kara Swanson | August 24, 2012
"For the brain injured, for anyone needing to restart their lives after all of their normal has been stripped, the Olympics provide a serious, wonderful, hopeful dose of what is possible in each of us."

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What Is Your It?
By: Kara Swanson | August 24, 2012
"It" is the recipient of all of your best.What is your "it"?

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Locked In
By: Rosemary Rawlins | July 20, 2012
Have you ever dreamt that you were terrified, you screamed, but nothing came out? Imagine you are paralyzed, too. You can’t shield your face with your hands or run away, but you see, hear, and understand everything coming at you.

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Andy's Story
By: The Brain Injury Association of New York State | June 14, 2012
"The puzzle of my life has a thousand pieces to it, and I am learning how to fit them all together."

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Sweet Sixteen
By: Kara Swanson | March 22, 2012
“Please don’t keep bringing up my past. I don’t live there anymore.”

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The Girlfriend's Guide to TBI: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You
By: The Brain Injury Association of New York State | March 14, 2012
Do you need to nap after showering because it's so exhausting? Is grocery shopping like climbing a mountain?

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Jon's Story
By: The Brain Injury Association of New York State | February 14, 2012
Most people in Upstate New York remember March 15, 1993 as the day the Blizzard of the Century paralyzed the region. For Jon, it was a day when a train hit him and his life changed forever.

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How Yoga Can "Not" Wreck Your Body
By: Jennifer Mosher | January 23, 2012
"As someone who has sustained a brain injury, I am sure that yoga has helped my body, not wrecked it."

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Finding the Words Again After a Life-Changing Brain Injury
By: Christopher W. Siders | January 3, 2012
After a life-changing brain injury, this sports journalist learns that words, as always, save him.

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Halloween and Such
By: Kara Swanson | December 17, 2011
Take off your mask ... it's hot and sticky under there and the elastic gets caught in your hair.

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From the Ground Up
By: Christopher W. Siders | December 12, 2011
One journalist makes sense of his TBI by once again putting pen to paper.

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Ginny Ruffner: a not so still life
By: Shadow Catcher Entertainment | December 2, 2011
Watch this clip about world-renowned artist Ginny Ruffner, who refuses to let a debilitating brain injury slow down her drive to create art.

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Learning to Let Go, Again
By: Bonnie Todis, PhD | BrainLine Kids | October 25, 2011
A day with friends on the links ended Ryan's life as he — and his family — knew it, but their life includes many more happy chapters.

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Pieces Missing
By: Larry C. Kerpelman, PhD | October 25, 2011
The love of a family makes a world of difference after a brain injury.

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Anne Forrest: Bringing Up Baby
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | October 24, 2011
By the time baby Daniel arrived, Anne Forrest “had been practicing having a baby for a long time.”

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Libby Parker: Finding Her Rhythm
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | BrainLine Kids | October 24, 2011
In the last chapter of Naomi Parker's book about her daughter’s brain injury, Libby was starting her senior year of high school. BrainLine wanted to find out where she is now.

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"Normal" People Do Yoga
By: Kara Swanson | August 31, 2011
"I have to admit that I didn’t expect Satan to come as a yoga instructor ... "

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A Brain Injury Support Group Could Be One of the Best Things That Ever Happens to You
By: Barbara J. Webster | August 31, 2011
"I never thought I was a 'support group person' ... I wanted to take action, not talk about my problems."

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Brain injury Blogs: Voices from People Living with Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Katherine Wise | August 5, 2011
"You've got to look forward, you can't look back. Only look back in order to see how far you've come."

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Part II: Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor's View
By: Members of the "Amazing" Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Framingham Support Group | July 15, 2011
Experience the powerful images and words by a group of people living with TBI in this second  installment of a photographic exhibit.

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Mary Walia's Story: Humor and Moxie After a Brain Injury
By: Laura Johnson | BrainLine Kids | June 13, 2011
"I’m a young woman with a lot to give to the world, and the world has a lot to give me yet.”

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Three Thousand and Some Change
By: Kara Swanson | April 15, 2011
"The average person has 3,000 thoughts every day ... I’d be interested to see how many of mine begin with, “I forgive…” and “I am grateful for….” and “I am capable of….”

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Making a Difference #11: Adriana
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
Learn about one young woman who has not stopped working hard on her recovery since the moment she woke up from her coma.

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Making a Difference #12: Erroll
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
Six years after a car wreck, Erroll teaches elementary school PE. "I'm probably the most positive person you'll ever meet."

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Making a Difference #13: Sammy
By: The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council | April 12, 2011
Watch how the lives of Sammy and his parents have taken new shape since his injury. "Life changes, priorities change ..."

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A Friend's "Accident" Brings It All Back
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | April 4, 2011
"Hearing the news of my friend's car crash was like reliving the emotions and pain of my own crash and the battles afterwards ..."

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With Brain Injury, Problems Mean Derailment
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | April 4, 2011
"It doesn’t take much to derail a person with a brain injury ... "

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The Hidden Secret of Brain Injury: Hypothalamus Dysfunction
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | April 4, 2011
"Why did I look like the Michelin Man — puffy, round faced, fat feet, no bones showing?"

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Head Injury, Rising Heart Rate, and Diabetes: A Crappy Combo
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | April 4, 2011
Being diagnosed with something like diabetes after a TBI seems like a cruel slap in the face.

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Shireen Jeejeebhoy's Brain Injury Blog
By: Shireen Jeejeebhoy | April 1, 2011
Funny and irreverent, Shireen Jeejeehboy shares her brain injury blog that is full of stories and great information.

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TBI Ten Years Later: A Mother's Story Continues
By: Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie | February 28, 2011
Ten years is a long time, but the shock and sadness of a child's TBI never goes away.

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Flat Freda
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | December 14, 2010
See how friends and family rallied around the glowing and fiesty girl they loved — and how that helped during her recovery from a TBI.

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The New Me
By: Headway | December 1, 2010
Poems and thoughts from people with brain injury, created in a peer support group in Ireland.

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TBI Purgatory
By: Geo Gosling | November 4, 2010
Like a lot of people after a TBI, Geo Gosling had issues with anger ... and "furiadage."

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When Libby Lost Her Smile
By: Naomi Parker | BrainLine Kids | November 1, 2010
The story of a mother's relentless battle to help her daughter — in school and in life — after a brain injury.

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How I Recovered from Brain Damage
By: Lena Katz | October 6, 2010
The story of a California girl who, after a TBI, becomes a beacon of health and wellness for herself and countless others.

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I'll Carry the Fork: Recovering a Life After Brain Injury
By: Kara Swanson | September 14, 2010
"Sometimes when your life ends, you don't actually die."

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After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story - A Journaling Workbook
By: Barbara Stahura and Susan B. Schuster, MA, CCC-SLP | September 13, 2010
Learning how sharing your story can be "medicine" for you and others.

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Passage to Nirvana: A Survivor's Zen Voyage
By: Lee Carlson | September 1, 2010
One man's journey after a brain injury that includes poetry, thoughts on Zen Buddhism, and a sailor's yarn.

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Kara Swanson's Brain Injury Blog
By: BrainLine | September 1, 2010
Kara Swanson's blog is invariably filled with insight, wisdom ... and humor.

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"Here. Make Yourself Useful."
By: Kara Swanson | August 28, 2010
"So, when someone like that tosses a rag your way and tells you, 'Here.  Make yourself useful,'  you get busy."

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Cracked: Recovering After Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Lynsey Calderwood | BrainLine Kids | March 8, 2010
One girl's "regrowth of her adolescent spirit" after a brain injury.

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Mindfulness and Brain Injury: The Central Park Jogger’s Story
February 2, 2010
Trisha Meili, known through the media as the Central Park Jogger, shares the story of her attack as well as how mindfulness and living in the present moment continues to help with her recovery.

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One Bad Decision
BrainLine Kids | January 4, 2010
Michael Nepola was loving life as a high school kid. Then he made one bad decision: to drink and drive. Telling his story, he beseeches people not to make the same mistake he did.

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Parenting Myself
By: Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne | January 1, 2010
After a serious biking accident, "all I had to guide me was a damaged brain."

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Water Under the Bridge
September 10, 2009
“Water Under the Bridge” was written by Jeff Shattuck after he sustained a brain injury. It is sung by Eryn Young. Guitars are the work of Tim Young. Bass is Sam Bevan and drums are Andy Korn. Everything was recorded by Jaime Durr at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco. Used by permission. For more information on Jeff Shattuck and his music, go to Cerebellumblues.squarespace.com. Transcript of this Video.

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Raising Mario Twice
By: Christine Scharmer | September 1, 2009
A mother's story of the night that changed her family's live, and everything that happened since then.

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Couldn't Happen to Me
By: Jill C. Mason | September 1, 2009
"This is not the path I chose. But I have to make the best of it."

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The Cerebellum Blues
By: Jeff Shattuck | July 1, 2009
After an injury, one man's brain on music.

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Crooked Smile - Video Excerpt of Daniel Skiing
May 15, 2009
Watch Daniel Cohen, 33, who sustained a brain injury 16 years before, enjoy the Calgary slopes.

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Trisha Meili: Going the Distance
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | April 20, 2009
Trisha Meili — the Central Park Jogger — shares her personal best.

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To Wherever Oceans Go
By: Beverley Bryant | March 2, 2009
Learn how one woman refused to limit her potential.

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Brain Interrupted: The Story of John's Traumatic Brain Injury
BrainLine Kids | February 3, 2009
Mt. Sinai's Dr. Wayne Gordon introduces one mother's powerful story about the importance of accurate diagnosis.

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A Matter of Panache
By: Debra Sanders | January 30, 2009
Read how a school psychologist had to learn to ask for help after a TBI.

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Every 21 Seconds
By: Brian D. Sweeney | January 1, 2009
A story that puts words to what so many people with TBI experience.

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A Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Craig Sears | January 1, 2009
How did someone with TBI end up in a mental institution and then in prison?

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The Smile on My Forehead
By: Jennifer Mosher | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2009
After her brain injury, Jennifer Mosher learned to embrace her two smiles.

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Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury: A Self-Help Primer
By: Robert L. Heriza | January 1, 2009
A self-help guide from someone who orchestrated his own successful recovery post-TBI.

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Unthinkable
By: Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie | January 1, 2009
A mother's tragedy, terror, and triumph through a child's traumatic brain injury.

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A Conversation with Joan Ryan
By: Simon & Schuster | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2009
Hear the backstory from the author of The Water Giver. A mother's love for her brain-injured son.

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One Bad Decision
By: Michael Nepola | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2009
"Don't let this happen to you" — Watch one young man's story of his brain injury.

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Wind Dancing: The Gift of Healing Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Deborah Ellen Schneider | January 1, 2009
The story of how a brain injury helped one woman find her true self.

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BrainLine Talks with Jason and Susannah Ferguson About Family and TBI
December 1, 2008
BrainLine talks with Jason and Susannah Ferguson about how Jason's brain injury has affected their marriage, family, and outlook on life.

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How to Succeed in Biz-Ness by Really Trying (Logan's Story)
BrainLine Kids | November 24, 2008
This is the story of a girl named Logan who persevered through her brain injury to create a magazine for other kids with disabilities and inspire them to achieve their dreams and goals.

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Every 21 Seconds - The Story of 8 Survivors of TBI
November 24, 2008
See an excerpt from a video that profiles the stories of eight people with TBI.

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Brain Injury X-Posed: The Survivor's View
By: Laura Lorenz, Barbara Webster and eight members of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Framingham Support Group | June 10, 2008
A photographic exhibit created by a group of people with TBI to reflect their experience living with brain injury.

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To Love What Is
By: Alix Kates Shulman | January 1, 2008
“On a moonless summer night my husband fell nine feet from a sleeping loft to the floor and did not die.”

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I Wanted My Brain Back
By: Sherri Dalphonse | March 1, 2007
What happens when you’re a PhD economist and you suddenly can’t remember things or think straight?

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Stories from a "Silent Epidemic": Oral History Project Counters Myths About Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Michael Fraas and Margaret Calvert | November 7, 2006
In countless ways a person's life is altered in a moment after a brain injury.

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My Invisible Disability
By: Greg Noack | January 1, 2006
One young man's story of how he brought light to tragedy.

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TBI Hell
By: Geo Gosling | January 1, 2006
"Your life can change in an instant ... but ... life goes on. Don't trust anyone!"

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I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility
By: Trisha Meili | January 1, 2003
The story of a competitive and driven young executive whose life was destroyed, and how she ultimately rebuilt it.

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Crooked Smile
By: Lainie Cohen | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2003
A moving family story that makes you wish the book never ends.

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Being with Rachel
By: Karen Brennan | BrainLine Kids | January 1, 2002
The story of one mother who uses stories to jumpstart her daughter's memory after a brain injury.

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Companions in Courage
By: Pat LaFontaine with Dr. Ernie Valutis, Chas Griffin, and Larry Weisman | January 1, 2001
NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine helps other athletes and people with TBI by sharing his story.

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Over My Head
By: Claudia Osborn | January 1, 1998
Dr. Claudia Osborn never thought she would be in the ER for anything else but treating patients.

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Miles to Go Before I Sleep
By: Jackie Nink Pflug, with Peter J. Kisilos | January 1, 1996
One woman's "grateful journey" back from being shot in the head by the hijackers of EgyptAir Flight 548.


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