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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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Veterans Helping Veterans

Veterans Helping Veterans
November 2, 2016
Former Army Sgt. and Dole Caregiver Fellow Danny O'Neel helps fellow veterans who are struggling with how to get through each day.  The biggest change for him, he says, was "learning how to listen."

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Caregivers Speak Out: Caregiver Challenges

Caregivers Speak Out: Caregiver Challenges
November 2, 2016
Caregivers play a vital role in helping veterans recover from TBI and post-traumatic stress. In this article, four military caregivers describe the first major challenge they faced as they began taking on the role of caregiver. 

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Don’t Make a Permanent Decision Based on Temporary Emotions

Don’t Make a Permanent Decision Based on Temporary Emotions
October 27, 2016
When my husband became the one who responded emotionally to everything around him after his brain injury, I had two choices: keep reacting the way I always did and join into the downward spiral, or break the cycle and hold on tight for the ride.

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More Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Are You in the Club No One Wants to Join?

Are You in the Club No One Wants to Join?
October 27, 2016
This is a loaded topic for me and many others, but today I want to talk about something that came up recently regarding family who doesn’t ‘get it’ in understanding the complexities and challenges of our lives after combat.

Searching for…Me

Searching for…Me
October 25, 2016
When I resigned my teaching position in 2010 to stay home and care for Sean, it was devastating. ER trips were becoming part of our routine, as was calling at the last minute and requesting a sub so I could handle an emergency with Sean. As I sat listening to the ticking of the clock on the wall I was hit with my new reality: I could not continue down both these paths, something had to give.

"New Normal"

"New Normal"
October 25, 2016
Have you heard the term “new normal” lately? It’s been bouncing around for a few years and is used to describe the adjustments veterans and families go through when they return home from war. Have you ever wondered what it looks like?

31 Strategies for Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

31 Strategies for Living with Traumatic Brain Injury
October 25, 2016
Caregiver blogger, Melissa Johnson, shares 31 tips and strategies she uses to help her husband cope with his TBI in a more effective manner.

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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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