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Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Personal Stories

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A brain injury can affect just about everything -- including the way you walk, talk, and think. That's why there are a number of treatments available that attempt to restore the parts of life that have been affected by a brain injury. The term "brain injury rehabilitation" refers to the many different kinds of specialized supports and services that are offered following the emergency and early phases of brain injury treatment.

Some brain injury rehabilitation is offered as a program within a hospital or other clinical setting; other types of brain injury rehabilitation might occur on an outpatient basis. While most everyone benefits from rehabilitation following a brain injury, the specific type of rehabilitation depends on the unique needs of the person and the challenges they face.

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Letter From the Other Side — Return from a Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Tim Page | August 31, 2016
The Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page writes about rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury.

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A New Kind of Optimism
By: Nicole Bingaman | July 25, 2016
“This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.” We needed to slow down because this thing was going to be with us for a while. The quote reminded our family to conserve our strength, energy, and abilities to stay the course...

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I Can Fix You
July 4, 2016
It took a few minutes to go over my medical history as we sat in his exam room. He took a few notes, listened to our story, took a few more notes, and asked a question or two. He then looked us square in the eyes and uttered four words. “I can fix you.”

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Michael's Story: A Family's Recovery from A Rare Neurological Illness
By: Sandra Levine Productions | February 9, 2015
After Sandy’s husband Michael was rushed to the hospital due to a rare neurological illness that damaged his brain. As an award-winning television producer, Sandy started recording Michael’s illness and recovery for three reasons.

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Lessons of Brain Injury and Buffett
October 13, 2014
BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde writes about how, with some help from Jimmy Buffett, she learned to accept the fact that life doesn't always work out as planned.

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Flinging Open Many Doors at Yoga ReMed
September 8, 2014
“I’m going to teach yoga to people with brain injury,” BrainLine blogger Janna Leyde said, explaining why the professional worlds of yoga and brain injury must meet.

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Be Inspired: Sam's Miracle
July 3, 2014
"I worked hard for this remarkable recovery."

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A Case of Miracles
By: Victoria Tilney McDonough | June 9, 2014
Libby Beemer talks about her daughter’s recovery from a devastating car wreck and the “meaning of Sam.”

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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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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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Abby Maslin's "Brain School"
February 21, 2014
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.

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How Occipital Nerve Surgery Helped Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry
January 23, 2014
Bilateral occipital nerve release surgery was the first, significant step to relieving Scurry's debilitating post-concussive headaches.

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Music Lessons for Rehab and Joy for a Boy with Severe TBI
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Mother and caregiver Nicole Wight talks about how drum lessons have brought both joy and some recovery to her young son with a severe brain injury.

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Laughter as Therapy for TBI Is No Laughing Matter
BrainLine Kids | November 14, 2013
Once Nicole Wight said she learned that laughter was the highest level of brain function, she made humor an integral part of her son's rehab.

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Kendell's Story
By: Children's Specialized Hospital | BrainLine Kids | September 25, 2013
Six-year-old Kendell's brain injury rehab is going so well he just might fulfill his dream of becoming a black belt in karate.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
By: Micheal Paul Mason | January 1, 2008
An excerpt from a book that takes us into the dark side of the brain with stories that are at once true and strange.

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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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