Category Archives: Care Giver

Current ABI Self-advocacy peer supports
Coffee with a twist, a collaboration with United Brains, and Leadership Plus have 3 active ABI self-advocacy peer support groups for those with ABI. Zoom meetings Tuesday, at 11:30 am Wednesday at 11.30 am Thursday, at 13:00. A place for people with acquired brain injury or carers to have a conversation and pass on information.
To book phone Ron 0418124406 or Lisa 0455515221 Two interactive groups are conducted using zoom during COVID19 and we encourage you to join us. We have generally had a speaker and then informal catch-up.
Please join us whether you be a person with ABI, a carer or another interested person perhaps you are able to speak about a topic

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As I recovered from a concussion, all the activities I loved disappeared one by one

Sitting at the back of the bus reading The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker, I had no idea that my own world was about to change in significant ways. I saw nothing, it happened so quickly. Passengers informed me that my head hit hard against the exit barrier as the driver stopped suddenly to avert a collision with a truck. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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After a head injury, ordinary things at school can bring back concussion symptoms

The online Concussion Awareness Training Tool was developed by sports injury specialist Dr. Shelina Babul at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

“There’s nothing like this out there,” Babul said in an interview.                                          CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

My daughter survived a brain injury, and then the health system abandoned us

 The harrowing experience made a few things crystal clear to Lisa Bryant. Photo: Stocksy

The harrowing experience made a few things crystal clear to Lisa Bryant. Photo: Stocksy

We all know, theoretically, that our lives can change in an instant. Day after day, month after month, year after year, we do the same things. We go off to work, have dinner with our families, walk our dog each day, make plans. We know that this life we have created can fall down at an instant because of sudden death or illness. But we live as if it won’t.

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Most of us welcome sadness and pain about as much as a root canal — without Novocaine. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and just no fun at all, but let’s face it, negative emotions are an unavoidable part of life. When coupled with all the other things life throws at us, they can often lead to depression.

Depression is a complex, episodic, and recurring illness with CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Quita Docking (right) pictured with best friend Cody Hollingsworth before her accident. (Supplied: Gladys Docking)

It’s the silent, unspoken killer amongst us, striking from nowhere, changing everything in a single heartbeat.

The rugby tackle that was too high. A joyride gone awry. An accident on the farm. Simply running out of luck.

Acquired brain injury is the leading killer of people under 45 years in Australia. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

If you ever receive a harsh blow or shake to your head, you should not return to activity and should instead seek early diagnosis and treatment from a doctor or emergency room. The sooner you respond the better your chances for recovery.

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Scientific evidence confirms that the brain needs recovery time from a sharp blow or shake. Your doctor will prescribe the terms but it usually involves bed rest, and very limited reading, talking and brain stimulation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Amy Zellmer

A TBI is much like a fingerprint or snowflake, no two are alike.

Many “outsiders” have no idea what kind of hell we are going through. They hear the word “concussion” and think it’s not big deal. Or they hear the term “traumatic brain injury” and can only imagine the most severe (think coma, bed ridden, not able to speak or walk) and figure if we’re walking and talking then we must be doing “OK.” Neither of these scenarios are correct, and I beg of you to try to understand what we’re going through. At the very least, I offer you some suggestions on how to help us cope with this stressful and frustrating time of our life. READ MORE HERE