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My husband left one afternoon for a workout on his bike ... and then everything changed.

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!

Learn more about Rosemary >

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.

Learn more about Rosemary’s book and her Kindle single “Beneath the Armor: A Caregiver’s Story,” which is comprised of excerpts from Learning by Accident.

New from Rosemary

When Caregivers Respond

September 19, 2016

When Caregivers Respond

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.

The Afterlife

August 15, 2016

The Afterlife

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.

One More Day

June 20, 2016

One More Day

Healing is a process, and some might say we go through life in a constant state of healing from discomforts large and small that our bodies suffer daily. And then there are the big health events — the events that change nearly everything and rearrange our lives in ways we never saw coming.


What just happened? Can I handle this? And the one question many TBI spouses ask themselves: Will my husband ever be the same? Will I ever be the same?


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