Specializing in Brain Injury Issues
Serving Caregivers, Loved Ones and Survivors
43 Years Living with a Brain Injury
By John Hatten, TBI Survivor & Rehabilitation Counselor
John shares with you his amazing perspectives how living with a brain injury has impacted his life.
BEWARE of Caregiver Burn-out!
By Janie Smith, Caregiver & Founder
Burn-out can happen to anyone whether you are a caregiver, survivor, parent, highly successful business man or woman, combat veteran, military spouse, student... Let me put it this way, if you are living and breathing you are susceptible to burn-out.
Burn-out is allowing your energy resources to be drained from you without replenishing its supply, by taking care of yourself. It is necessary to honor your own being in giving yourself the highest priority of care.
Getting to Know Yourself Again
By Tanya Smith, TBI Survivor
After surviving an injury/disability such as a Traumatic Brain Injury; you do need to grieve for the person that was lost. That was you, and you were awesome. The “new” person, before you, will be just as amazing. You have to get to know your new self and develop him/her to be your spectacular “new” self. As I’ve said before, ‘God doesn’t leave junk on his precious planet.’ Getting to know yourself again is not something that can be accomplished overnight, or in a few days.
Trauma is not a new phenomenon!
By Janie Smith, CEO, HOPE Beyond Trauma
Trauma is not a new phenomenon! It may only be new to you! Tragic events have been around since the beginning of time. More than likely you have already experienced some major trauma(s) in your life. It isn’t a matter of IF it will happen; more often, it’s a matter of when will it happen to you! Pick up the paper, magazine, newscast; tragedy strikes every day. Every moment of everyday major suffering is happening to someone, somewhere in our world.
How is it that some people move through these intense life altering experiences with a higher purpose and new direction in life, while others get stuck in yesterday, unable to get past the tragedy.
HOPE Beyond Trauma
...a mother's journey
Janie takes you behind closed doors...
- When her teen-age daughter sustains severe injuries in an automobile accident.
- From life and death decisions in the trauma unit to the harrowing roller-coaster ride of the rehabilitation process.
- How her daughter's unpredictable violent episodes tore through the fabric of her being and the entire family.
- When her youngest son returns from six combat tours full of anger and rage becoming a walking time bomb.
ACCEPTANCE Beyond Trauma: ...Working Through Multiple Family Crises
by Janie Smith, CEO, HOPE Beyond Trauma
There have been many crises in my family over the last year and early this year that have made me stop and take notice.
My favorite aunt passed away who was like a second mother to me. I had the honor of being present along with many family members comforting her as she was getting ready to transition. She had Alzheimer’s for a number of years and had been in a nursing home. I couldn’t get over how alert she was, laughing at our jokes, even though her body was rapidly declining. Surprisingly and gratefully, we were glad she knew who we were until the end.
From the Blog
How to Deal with Unnecessary Stress and Steps to Move Through It
by Janie Smith, Founder and Author of HOPE Beyond Trauma Stress is a part of life that can push and motivate us to accomplish things we never thought possible OR stress can paralyze us to do absolutely nothing. However, today so many of us are dealing with the unnecessary stresses in life that complicate and makes caregiving all the harder to ha [...]
TBI: A Survivor’s Thoughts on His 42nd Anniversary of His Brain Injury
By John Hatten, Rehabilitation Counselor, TBI Survivor One thing I do every year on the anniversary of my fall (April 18, 1973: I'm doing it today) and TBI is write about some aspect of my recovery. Many years, I have gone over my hospital records and notes from previous years to see where I've been: this is both heartening and frightening: I have to face how [...]
TBI: Avoid the Rabbit Trails!
By John Hatten, Rehabilitation Counselor, TBI Survivor There’s lots of things we can do to increase our focus (which is very commonly affected by TBI). One of these things is to avoid distractions. I’m working hard on this now: I have scheduled this time to write for the blog, and it’s working pretty well. The one thing I find that I need to avoid is “rabbit tr [...]
Traumatic Brain Injury: The 4 Concepts That Are Always All Around Us
By John Hatten, Rehabilitation Counselor, TBI Survivor I find that I learn as much from putting together these presentations as I hope you do from reading them. I’m also going to put a TBI spin on each to explain how these ideas can help us Survivors come to grips with our situation. The four words I am talking about today are the 4 “givens” to human life: these 4 c [...]