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"The Matt Duffin Show" - TBI Journaling with Barbara Stahura

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As a former "journalist" myself (yes, sports writing counts), who learned to write in second grade, let's take a 'journaling' lesson from the best Journaling Therapist there is.  So grab a pin and paper; as Barbara Stahura, a certified journal facilitator, is on TMDS tonight.  A lady who had been journaling on and off for 20 years when her husband, Ken Willingham, sustained a TBI in a hit-and-run almost a decade ago.  The day after the accident, she began journaling in earnest as a healthy way of coping with the chaos and fear resulting from becoming Ken’s caregiver.  In 2007, she created the first journaling workshop for people with brain injury and presented the program for five years at a rehab hospital when they lived in Tucson, AZ. Today, they reside in Newburg, Indiana, and she facilitates journaling groups for people with BI’s and for family caregivers at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital in Evansville, Ind.  The groups run for six weeks and are offered once each quarter, at no charge to participants.  Pay it back, I like it!  Folks often return numerous times having found support, respect, and social involvement.  In 2009, her original workshop evolved into the first journaling book for people with brain injury.  “After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story” – (I bought one, now where is it?).  The book has won acclaim from therapists, journal facilitators, speech-language therapists, researchers, and others. The book is also helpful for family caregivers discover exercises to their own needs.  Barbara is a certified journal therapist and a certified compassion fatigue educator as well. She is editor of the Lash Publishing’s new magazine “Brain Injury Journey – Hope, Help, Healing,” Let's come up with something the 2nd hour, we usually do.<