March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so this is a shout out to the incredibly supportive BrainLine community. Thank you! Thank you for reading, sharing, and spreading the word about brain injury. Thank you bloggers for putting your personal stories out in the public so that people will see and understand the impact TBI has had on your lives.
Thank you to the rescue squads and EMTs who save people after trauma, and to the surgeons and nurses who perform brain operations, saving tens of thousands of lives.
Thank you for letting others know that brain injuries are family injuries that impact the whole community, and that when we provide information, resources, and rehabilitation, outcomes improve, and people with TBIs are able to rejoin and contribute to the community in many positive ways.
Thank you for helping each other feel connected and understood as you navigate a system that is just beginning to coalesce into an integrated system for people with brain injuries and for their caregivers and family members.
As we strive to spread hope for people impacted by TBI, we also strive to fully understand the enormous emotional impact these injuries produce. I, for one, would like to see many more psychological services provided for both brain injury survivors and their families. Programs like the Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) and the Therapeutic Couple’s Intervention program go a long way toward helping in these regards, making our doctors, therapists, and neuropsychologists our partners in these endeavors.
We send our heartfelt gratitude to all the clinicians who share groundbreaking therapies and advances in the field of traumatic brain injury treatment, especially the TBI Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center that continues to research and share best practices and new treatments to improve the health of all people with traumatic brain injuries.
All of us combined have created this online community that has impacted thousands of people. Caregivers are no longer isolated when these tragic events occur. Many have reached out to each other through Facebook and Twitter, and through comments on our blog posts. BrainLine listens to every voice, and tries to offer scientifically verified information that will help families make the best treatment decisions possible.
Please continue to share and grow this important community for the good of all.
Your voice matters because one thing we know for sure is that brain injury can happen to anyone at any time.