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Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and one of the things I hear so often from veterans and spouses actually is how to balance the requirements of work—making money— with going back to school and trying to integrate an academic experience into your post-TBI lifestyle. One of the things that's really important, I think, is to manage your expectations appropriately. Don't overwhelm yourself. If you went to school before a brain injury, before a deployment, before an injury or accident, don't think you have to go at the same pace or at the same level that you used to go at. Ease back into things. Find out if it's something that you still have difficulties with or ease with, and if you're able to breeze through it, great. Keep going. If you find yourself having troubles in areas that you weren't expecting to have troubles in, reading comprehension, memory, things like that, maybe your writing is difficult. A lot of veterans aren't able to physically maneuver their fine motor skills like they used to be after a brain injury. Don't get discouraged, don't get disappointed. There's all kinds of things you can do to circumvent that and kind of overcome that. There are so many medical innovations out there combining technology, combining strategies, combining just monitoring and care for you that you can definitely overcome it. Go into it slow, ease into it. Maybe it means taking one class a week maybe on a Saturday morning, or maybe it means going to a class for an hour, hour and a half two nights a week. Find the mix that works for you and see how you do with it. If you don't, don't be afraid to go ahead and readjust fire and find a new way to do it. Let me know how it goes. Thanks.

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Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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Great suggestion. After my brain injury I tried to take too many classes and work thinking I was the same as I used to be. My brain practically shut down and I was so frustrated with my performance.

Jan 29th, 2016 4:59pm


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