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  • 01:20

    Another Fork in the Road: Panel - Behavioral & Emotional Changes & Brain Injury

    in Education

    One of the most difficult aftereffects of brain injury is losing oneself. Depending on the injury and which part of the brain is impacted determines the type of emotional and behavioral change in one’s personality. A person who was agreeable, complacent, reasonable, and calm before the injury may change drastically to one who is violent, depressive, or struggles with anger management. These effects are not easy for others to understand – BUT, have you thought how difficult it must be for the survivor? My panel, M. S. survivor, Lisa Dryer and Brain Injury survivor, GeorgeAnna Bell will join me to discuss this sensitive topic.


     


    Every TBI survivor and caregiver has encountered a fork in the road that has diverted his or her life-plan. A car accident, a fall from the roof, doing one more chin-up, or a door literally slamming one in the face are just some causes of traumatic brain injury. College plans, walking down the aisle in the perfect dress, or the coveted job quickly slip from reality as dreams turn to struggle. These unexpected life-happenings that divert one from his or her chosen path in life can be devastating. But as Yogi Berra once said, "If you come to a fork in the road, take it." Life is all about choices!



    To learn more about me, please visit my blogs.



    Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Blog: survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com


    Donna's Blog: donnaodonnellfigurski.wordpress.com

  • 03:04

    Brain Injury Survival Kit on Recovery Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Dr Cheryle Sullivan worked solo many years, as a family physician in private practice in Michigan and as a family physician-clinic administrator in Colorado.


    In 2002, a skiing accident caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that ended Dr. Sullivan’s medical career. Dr. Sullivan now follows her passion, raising awareness about brain injury among the general public as well as in health care providers. She has presented on topics related to brain injury to the general public, medical providers, educators, vocational rehabilitation staff and military staff and troops. She is the author of the book Brain Injury Survival Kit, 365 Tips, Tricks and Tools to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss and contributing author for the book Chicken Soup for the Soul, Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury. See tbijourney.com


    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."


    We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers.


    Front part of show is a featured guest. The second is Open Mic and some great Indy Music, sure to inspire! Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org and braininjuryradio.com

  • 03:03

    The Matt Duffin Show - "Brain Crained"

    in Caregiving

    We're gonna talk about Identifying Depression, but understanding this well, I dispise depression.  Nears the S-ide-word we don't mention.  


    Other than that, and we've been here before, I have whats called Creative Cramp.  Writers Block.  Producetion Pouts..  TMDS is at a blockade in thought, or is it too much thought?  Brain Injury Awareness Month rolls on smoothly so far, TBI 101 Conference and 'speaking engagemtent' on deck soon.  BICS, BICS, and well, BICS has taken over.  Sliding in some PT is like a break.  


    Sit down, watch the Election being Trumped on one side, and a late-start stop-start on the other.  And fallen hero's from the past glare in.  Race (as always) is driving George Wallace type speaches and battles; its gonna get ugly.  But, we've agreed to that for months, haven't we.  Load what ya got, keep what ya got.  Fire on what's needed.  Is that actually the way this country needs directed?  Or, has it simply not been stern enough.   My Kid's boots are on the ground.


    I don't have a penny in this election, nor will I ever be needed on foriegn soil again.  The 'America Back to Strong' is wearing me down.  Donald, we are strong.  Just not stupid.  Even Brain Injury folks know that much.  I'm overloaded in my mind, and would enjoy your words, your thoughts.


    424    243-9540  Survivors, Friends, Family (Margo) we're doing so well, and today's lesson is about IDENTIFYING DEPRESSION.  We've all done it.  It's a forte` I believe in.  Rollin' up my sleeves right now...

  • 01:23

    Another Fork in the Road: Julie Kintz on Clubhouses for the Brain-Injured

    in Education

     


    Many folks who have had a brain injury are left with many residual effects. Therapies such as physical, occupational, and speech are offered in hospitals and rehab centers. Neuropsych is also offered, but the services for each of these therapies is limited. So what do folks do who still have needs? Tonight Julie Kintz, brain-injury survivor, will focus on the needs of the brain-injured. She will talk to us about the "Clubhouse" model, which provides a safe haven for those who live with mental illness after brain injury. Zachary Stilwell, a member of the Clubhouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will stop by to share his thoughts, too.


    Every TBI survivor and caregiver has encountered a fork in the road that has diverted his or her life-plan. A car accident, a fall from the roof, doing one more chin-up, or a door literally slamming one in the face are just some causes of traumatic brain injury. College plans, walking down the aisle in the perfect dress, or the coveted job quickly slip from reality as dreams turn to struggle. These unexpected life-happenings that divert one from his or her chosen path in life can be devastating. But as Yogi Berra once said, "If you come to a fork in the road, take it." Life is all about choices!
    To learn more about me, please visit my blogs.
    Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Blog: survivingtraumaticbraininjury.com
    Donna's Blog: donnaodonnellfigurski.wordpress.com

  • 01:17

    Brain Injury Communication - Michael Idell - Who Needs A Place to Vent?

    in Social Networking

    Who needs a place to vent when they won't be judged???


    WE ARE HERE!!


    It is unlikely that there is a typical developing individual who has never had a tantrum of some sort or an irrational behavior, who has not balked at being separated from a loved one or been fed up about circumstances they are dealt with . Rarer still are people who are never moody or withdrawn, aggressive or antisocial, argumentative or oppositional.


    It is typical of anyone to retreat or respond negatively or aggressively to situations that are new, frightening, or beyond their understanding.
    _____________
    Why is this unacceptable behavior for a person surviving a brain injury?


    Why is it culturally acceptable for someone to be this way but when an individual with a neurological impairment, it becomes an excuse this person is acting irrational?


    Why should this person be judged based on his or her disability?


    Why can't this be looked at as a normal behavior by someone who was mistreated somehow?
    _______________
    Are you a brain inury survivor and don't know who to turn to?


    Are you a caregiver who can't get any support?


    Are you a parent of someone with special needs and cant find someone who understands?


    WE ARE HERE!


    This is A Simple Brain Injury Support Group Organization Inc.


     


    www.ASBISG.org

  • 03:04

    Renowned Expert on Brain Health on Recovery Now with Kim Justus

    in Health

    Dr. Michael Lewis is a renowned expert on brain health, particularly the use of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He founded the Brain Health Education and Research Institute in late 2011 when he retired as a Colonel after a distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Army. His pioneering work has helped countless thousands of people around the world and recognized by the American College of Nutrition with their prestigious 2015 Humanitarian Award. Dr. Lewis’ work has been featured in CNN’s Sanjay Gupta MD show and he regularly appears in the media including television, radio, webinars, and podcasts.


    He completed post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is currently in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area. See: www.brainhealtheducation.org


    This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."


    We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers.


    Front part of show is a featured guest. The second is Open Mic and some great Indy Music, sure to inspire! Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org and www.braininjuryradio.com

  • 02:30

    Happy Brain Injury Awareness Month with Craig & Cheryl

    in Radio

    Here we are in another March, celebrating brain injury awareness, it is a time to share our stories and tell the world what it is like living with a brain injury.  It is a journey that is hard and and leaves most of us isolated and lonely.  It is a loneliness than most will never understand.  Pray you never understand.


    Never the less we must find a way to learn to live a life that has meaning.  Finding meaning is harder than it sounds, ultimatly we must figure out how to live in a way we can hold our head up high.  Tongith share how you find purpose, how you make it day to day.  How you find a reason to get up every morning.

  • 01:06

    Brain Injury Communication - Michael Idell - You can't live without medication?

    in Education

    Many people think they can not get by in life without medications. Rightfully so, some may be medically needed for survival. 


    Others may be needed but are only a temporary fix like a bandaid but do not solve or treat the problem. The problem is chemical dependencies from being hooked on these medications pre cribed by doctors.


    Are you hooked on meds or have trouble getting by without the use of addictive medications prescribed by your doctors? 


    Please call our Brain Injury Radio Network Show April 1st at 5:30pm (Pacific Time)

  • 02:51

    The Matt Duffin Show - The Human Brain

    in Radio

    The Human Brain.  Or as I call it - ''The America's of Human Kind".  Pretty tough physically - for a mush of sponge material.  Knows all (ask my ex-wives), does all and can conquer all for individuals.  Mine?  I once considered it strong, then an "Isis-like attack" took place, and 7-years later, I'm still in the M*A*S*H unit it seems.  Being rebuilt, at its own, turtle-slow pace.  Take the bad with the new found good - FIND IT.  The causing bad will drift and the good becomes life.  FIND IT.  Will it be the same you?  Social Security Number-wise you are you, just differently you.  FIND YOURSELF.  Besides, the 'Old" you evidently didn't finish the life performance on a good note.  


    As soon as you are ready following your recovery - which is less than a year, normally it just makes sense to "look inside your brain".  , you MUST learn about the effects of the brain injury and strategies for dealing with those effects, its needed to learn about how a healthy brain functions. Today we are going to spend some time talking about parts of the brain and how they function. The goal of this discussion is not to make you think you need to learn all the parts of the brain, but merely to help you understand how  complex it is and why you may be experiencing particular challenges.


    So class, take your seats and, well, listen.  Then Call (424) 243-9540 and let's go inside your crainium.  Oxygen needs, connections and the 50-50 part of the brain.  Deep Brain, neighbor a Brain Stem.  Pons, not involved with the game of Chess; or are they?  Five Lobes rolled around different matters that matter.  My current study in BICS.  I like them, but not interested in touching one.  Bring headphones, music allowed in class.  We'll ROCK!  Better than commercials...

  • 01:08

    Brain Injury Communication - Michael Idell - Do You Feel You Are In This Alone

    in Education

     


    Do You Feel You Are in This Alone??????


    Are you a brain inury survivor and don't know who to turn to?


    Are you a caregiver who can't get any support?


    Are you a parent of someone with special needs and cant find someone who understands?


    WE ARE HERE! We have survivors, caregivers, family members, medical professionals and peers who can share their knowledge, experiences and accomplishments to guide through hard times!


    This is A Simple Brain Injury Support Group Organization Inc. www.ASBISG.org


    Please join us Friday March 18th at 5:30pm-6:50pm Pacific Time (8:30pm-9:50pm Eastern Time) on Brain Injury Radio Network.


    Guest call 424-243-9540

  • 01:07

    "Be Positive with Shannon Marie" Changeability of the brain - ask Dr. Forbes.

    in Health

    Hey Doctor, can my injured brain improve??? There are tons of questions that we can ask and get many different answers.  Please tune in tonight to be able to ask your specific question to Dr. Forbes."Be Positive with Shannon Marie" is live tonight and the number to call in to is 1-424-243-9540 and please press 1 to talk.  The chat room will be open on blogtalkradio/BrainInjuryRadio.


    twww.blogtalkradio.com/braininjuryradio/2016/03/18/be-positive-with-shannon-marie-changeability-of-the-brain--ask-dr-forbes


     

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