I don't fight the emotions any more. I allow myself to be sad and marinate in it like grandma's meatballs, letting all the sadness seep into my heart, turning it into a ball of tears mixed with an ugly cry face, some manly grunts, onions, minced garlic and sweet peppers. Then bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. And then—like an eaten meatball—it passes.
We are hosting our first Walk the Boards for TBI event on June 25 in Ventnor City, New Jersey. You can join us in our mission to bring children around the country who have suffered a traumatic brain injury some joy in their life. Come walk the boards with us or simply visit our site to donate—knowing full well you are not only making a deserving child happy but, selfishly, me too.
"I think we can all admit that life is hard. Throw a kid or two in the mix and that same hard life becomes even harder. Now, if one of those kids happens to become disabled—well, that's by far the hardest."
Article originally posted on Mom.me:
How Facebook changed the way one father viewed the world after his son suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone he once trusted
There's no shortage of good reasons to have kids but saving your life is probably No. 1 on the list.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a stubborn father raising hell to get his child the necessary therapy.
A rare peak into the world of pediatric intensive care units through the eyes of a dad.
Article from WPTV5 by Rachel Leitao:
He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Luca was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was rushed into the operating room for surgery on his brain.
Luca's parents were told he may never wake up. Two months later Luca's recovery is being called a miracle. Continue reading...
Article from Yale.edu by Bill Hathaway:
Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Continue reading...
Article from neuroscientistnews.com:
A new study involving the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas researchers shows that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) technology could help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who suffer weakness and paralysis caused by strokes.
We know that the brain is neuroplastic — adapts to changes in behavior, environment, thinking and emotions — and may even rewire itself in certain ways. Life experience also teaches us that the tongue is a learning tool that shapes our brain. During early development, babies test everything by placing it in their mouths. As children age they stick out their tongues when concentrating on tasks such as drawing. Even as adults we let our tongue tell us about the world around us through eating, drinking and kissing. During basketball games, some players stick out their tongues while shooting. Now, knowing that there is such a rich nerve connection to the brain, scientists and doctors are turning to the tongue as a way to possibly stimulate the brain for neural retraining and rehabilitation after traumatic injuries or disease.
The Montreal Neurological Institute plans to free up its findings, including data that point to connections between brain regions communicating at different neural rhythms.
Guy Rouleau, the director of McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Hospital in Canada, is frustrated with how slowly neuroscience research translates into treatments. “We’re doing a really shitty job,” he says. “It’s not because we’re not trying; it has to do with the complexity of the problem.”
An international team of researchers has developed a miniaturized wireless electronic device that can monitor temperature and pressure when implanted into the brains of mice, and then dissolve to be naturally resorbed into the soft tissue once they are no longer needed.
"Still, victims of domestic violence are not routinely screened for strangulation or brain injury in emergency rooms, and the victims themselves, who tend to have poor recollections of the incidents, are often not even aware that they’ve lost consciousness. This means that diagnoses are rarely formalized, the assaults and injuries are downplayed, and abusers are prosecuted under lesser charges."
Article from Huffington Post by Tanya Lewis:
In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the incident also turned Padgett into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of geometry. Read more...
In an era of increasing activity in the biotech sector, Brian Harris is bringing a level of simplicity to the medical field.
His company, MedRhythms, uses melodies and rhythms to help treat and combat the effects of certain brain injuries, strokes, and Parkinson's disease. Read more...
Abby Maslin reflects on the past few years of her life after her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury. This blog entry speaks to the thousands of people out there who have a spouse fighting to regain the life they knew before the TBI. You can read all of Abby's blogs here.
A continually growing list of insurance hacks to help out parents and family navigating the murky waters of insurance and government supplied assistance.