Specializing in Brain Injury Issues 


Caregivers, Survivors, Loved Ones, Military Families

Everyone Welcome!

introducing a brand new series!!

                            Insider perspectives: Living life with a disability

Join us... Janie, John, Melody & Mahala 

Janie Smith

Janie Smith, Founder, Author, Caregiver

John Hatten              'The TBI Guy'

Melody Burba Disability Advocate

Mahala Howard 'Mahala's New Normal'



First Episode: How to Stay Motivated

ANGER: A Common Issue

After Brain Injury

with John Hatten, 'The TBI Guy,' Survivor, Rehab Counselor

Closed captioning available; click on "CC" bottom of screen

Having a Brain Injury Means...

Chronic Fatigue

with Mahala Howard, 'TBI Warrior,' College Student

Caring for the Caregivers

with Frances Lewis at TEDxSnolsleLibraries event

"Frances Lewis has delivered THE VERY BEST talk for caregivers I have ever heard!! Even though she is focusing on the "spouse's caregivers journey" in this presentation...these two simple strategies are applicable to ALL caregivers. In reality, these two practices are good for ANYONE to practice.

---Janie Smith, Founder, Author, Caregiver; HOPE Beyond Trauma

Published on Jan 12, 2016


Introducing "Mahala's New Normal" Vlog

With Mahala Howard, College Student, TBI Warrior

I'm excited to introduce Mahala Howard, who sustained a brain injury on July 16, 2016 in a skate boarding accident. She will be sharing her journey with us as she adjusts to her new normal. I love her candor and honesty in her Vlogs.

Welcome Mahala to HOPE Beyond Trauma!! 

43 Years Living with a Brain Injury

By John Hatten, The TBI Guy

Rehabilitation Counselor & TBI Survivor

John shares with you his amazing perspectives how living with a brain injury has impacted his life.

See more of John's videos in "Survivor Tips"

 BEWARE of Caregiver Burn-out!

By Janie Smith, Founder, Author, Caregiver

Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver Burnout

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.

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Getting to Know Yourself Again

By Tanya Smith, TBI Survivor

Woman Thinking

Who Am I ?

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. 

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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. 

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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.
  • When her youngest son returns from six combat tours full of anger and rage becoming a walking time bomb.

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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