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Coping with the Imbalance of Giving and Receiving in Caregiving

January 16, 2017

Coping with the Imbalance of Giving and Receiving in Caregiving

Some caregivers I know feel as if they are giving to the point of depletion. While some who have sustained a TBI and receive care may feel powerless and resentful with no control. This imbalance on both ends can create friction and despair.  

 
Intentions to Light the Way

December 19, 2016

Intentions to Light the Way

As caregivers, the people we care for depend on us to be consistent and reasonable, stable and strong. Setting our intentions may be one way of realigning ourselves with our values and goals, so we can continue to give care in a positive way. With that in mind, I’ll share with you what my intentions are for 2017.

 
How Can We Help Each Other Going Forward?

October 17, 2016

How Can We Help Each Other Going Forward?

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.

 
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?

 
Irritable Gratitude Syndrome

May 16, 2016

Irritable Gratitude Syndrome

If you are caregiving for a loved one with TBI are you tired of hearing, “Isn’t it a miracle he’s here? Think of all the blessings you have in your life!”

 
The Growing Season

April 18, 2016

The Growing Season

Caregiving can be an isolating and lonely job, and it seems to feel all the more lonely in the darkness and cold of winter. Stepping outside into the sunshine is a mood booster for everyone, caregivers and TBI survivors alike. The sun recharges us.

 
Words That Make a Difference

March 21, 2016

Words That Make a Difference

Why do some people keep striving while others give up and stop trying?

 
Our Community is Strong

March 9, 2016

Our BrainLine Community is Strong

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so this is a shout out to the incredibly supportive BrainLine community.

 
The Unfixable Mess Inside

February 15, 2016

The Unfixable Mess Inside

If someone you care about has a loved one who has sustained a traumatic brain injury and they tell you all is well, don’t believe them. Look beyond the surface.

 
Feeling Old in the New Year

January 18, 2016

Feeling Old in the New Year

The New Year saturates us with advice about how to be healthier, happier, and better in every way. For caregivers, this advice rings hollow.

 
Why It's Hard to Admit We Need Help

December 21, 2015

Why It's Hard to Admit We Need Help

Who wants to admit they have mental health problems? We’d rather say, “I’m just stressed out.”

 
What TBI Teaches Us About Endings

November 16, 2015

What TBI Teaches Us About Endings

Through twenty-four years of marriage, I believed we had a connection that nothing could sever, and then his brain injury separated him from our past.

 
Everyday Woes

October 19, 2015

Everyday Woes

Families who have survived traumatic brain injury know when life is really hard and when it’s not.

 

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