My name is Rosemary Rawlins, and as caregivers for loved ones with TBI, we share a unique bond. Each of us lived through that defining moment when our lives flipped upside down. Along the way, we’ve struggled to help our loved ones heal, sometimes at the expense of our own physical and emotional health, sometimes feeling lost and alone.
Here, in this space, focusing on caregiver concerns, I’ll share insights garnered through my own experiences along with insights from other caregivers and family members. I hope to encourage you – the caregiver – to appreciate the significance of the work you do, to find meaning in the loving nature of your work, and to explore ways to take care of yourself. Because, after all, caregiving is the most important profession on earth!
Read an excerpt from Rosemary’s book, Learning by Accident.
Watch “Relationships After TBI,” a video that focuses on what keeps some families together after a brain injury while others split apart. Produced by BrainLine and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research through the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, the video features Rosemary and her family as well as Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer and Dr. Emilie Godwin who have been studying ways that families survive and grow stronger after a brain injury.
October 17, 2016
I know this is a hard truth, one that many doctors and insurance companies will scoff at, one that many people might think is unrealistic, but caring for the caregiver in tandem with the person who has a brain injury is vitally important. TBI caregivers need to be educated about brain injury and what it entails.
September 19, 2016
Here’s a question well worth exploring for caregivers: Am I reacting to daily events as if in crisis mode or am I responding? After the chaos of the first days and weeks of TBI, there’s much to be done; and a lot can be at stake if things are not properly handled as time goes by.
August 15, 2016
It can take years to accept a loved one’s afterlife, and it may take a decade. I’m not talking about life after death; I’m talking about life after a family member’s brain injury.