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Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

When a family’s loved one returns home with a traumatic brain injury, even one considered “mild”, it can affect the whole family — from financial challenges to job loss. At first, changes that normally follow brain injury — especially emotional and behavioral changes — can be to hard comprehend and accept. And unlike a broken bone, recovery from a TBI can take months or years.

While most people who sustain a TBI recover quickly, for some people — and their families — life may need to be reinvented, reinterpreted, and accepted as something different. And although life after a brain injury usually involves challenges, it doesn’t mean life is less valuable or fulfilling.

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Military Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review

Military Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review
June 21, 2016
Military mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) differs from civilian injury in important ways.

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Life With Jack: Who is a Hero?

Life With Jack: Who is a Hero?
January 29, 2016
These men are heroes not just for what they survived. They are heroes for living through fifty years of civilians who don’t understand them and loved ones who walk away in tears from actions and responses that, to these men, seem completely normal.

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Life With Jack: What Does It Mean To Be a Warrior?

Life With Jack: What Does It Mean To Be a Warrior?
January 28, 2016
I, personally, never use the word warrior for anyone but a combat veteran. But I do not call them warriors because of what they did during war. I call them warriors because of what they do every single day since returning from war.     

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More Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Life with Jack: How Was Your Day?

Life with Jack: How Was Your Day?
January 28, 2016
About a week into one-sided conversations, I began to get a little pissy. Yes, pissy is a word, ask the wife of any combat veteran. So I came up with three options for how to deal with this.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian O'Rourke: Strengthening Family Relationships After a TBI

Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian O'Rourke: Strengthening Family Relationships After a TBI
January 26, 2016
Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian O’Rourke's multiple brain injuries affected his relationships with his family for years. He denied it for a while, but his family encouraged him to seek help.

Visible Brain Damage Detected in MTBI From Blast Injuries

Visible Brain Damage Detected in MTBI From Blast Injuries
December 16, 2015
Many military personnel who experience blast-related traumatic brain injury (MTBI) have lasting brain damage as seen by MRI, according to a study published in Radiology.

Intimacy After An Injury

Intimacy After An Injury
August 14, 2015
Lee Woodruff of the Bob Woodruff Foundation talks about sex and intimacy after an injury: why nobody wants to talk about it and why we should anyway.

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Adam at Ease

A video blog by Veteran Adam Anicich

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now
Adam thanks you — his blog viewers and supporters — and encourages you to continue the discussion and awareness raising about TBI and PTSD; the battle does not stop here.

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury
If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

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