Survivor Series blog

Hearing Sensitivities and Tinnitus

Debra Finegold says she got her life back after using ear filters. Before the filters she could not go outside because the sound was so painful. Hearing Sensitivities and Tinnitus By Eliza Marie Somers Suffering a traumatic brain injury, even a mild TBI, can result in a range of issues connected to the ear, including […]

Care Partner Panel: Strategies to Support Brain Injury Survivors and Yourself

Iris Reyes says there is joy in seeing her husband, Jose, make strides in his recovery. Care Partner Panel: Strategies to Support Brain Injury Survivors and Yourself By Eliza Marie Somers The feeling of being overwhelmed is a common refrain among care partners of traumatic brain injury survivors, however, so is the joy they feel […]

Survivor Panel: Resiliency and Moving from Struggle to Thriving

Maggie Whittum uses art therapy to help in her recovery from a stroke. This is a self-portrait she created to show half her face as unrecognizable. Survivor Panel: Resiliency and Moving from Struggle to Thriving By Eliza Marie Somers Just as no two traumatic brain injuries are alike, so too are the recoveries from TBIs, […]

Spirituality and Creativity: Pathways Following Brain Injury

BIHF co-founder Dr. Mary Ann Keatley notes that Our brain is like a radio dial, and after a TBI, many survivors say they feel like they are in a fog because of being in this state called theta.  Brain Injury Survivors Experience “Greater Calling” By Eliza Marie Somers “If you had the opportunity to relive the […]

Brain Injury Treatment Panel: Therapies to Assist the BI Community

Survivor Series panelists and facilitators, top left to right: Facilitator Gayann Brandenburg, Equine Therapist Terri Mongait, Facilitator Joanne Cohen; bottom left to right: Spiritual Mentor Kevin Skillen, Grief Counselor Rita Coalson, Pediatric TBI Specialist David Dunlap.   Taking the Road Less Traveled By Eliza Marie Somers Businesses are finding success by embracing the “think outside […]

Navigating the Legal System for BI Survivors

Attorney Rebecca Albano reveals tips on how to pick a lawyer during the Brain Injury Hope Foundation’s July 9, 2021, Survivor Series. THE INFORMATION ENCLOSED HEREIN IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND MS. ALBANO IS NOT YOUR ATTORNEY, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR OWN LEGAL COUNSEL. By Eliza Marie Somers You might have heard the phrase: Choose your […]

The Mindset of Resilience for the Brain Injury Community

A Positive Attitude Can Carry You Through Tough Times By Eliza Marie Somers We humans love routine, but after a brain injury, nothing seems routine. The simple act of brushing your teeth or making breakfast is anything but routine. How many times have you picked up something other than the toothpaste and started to put […]

Brain Injury Treatment Panel: Concussive Events and Their Impact On Vision

Photo by Matt Noble via Unsplash Brain Injury Treatment Panel: Concussive Events and Their Impact On Vision By Eliza Marie Somers You may have heard the phrase: “The ayes have it,” however, for the brain injury community it’s the EYES that have it. Dr. Amy Elsila, OD said she was discussing brain injuries with colleagues […]

Employment: Making It Work for You!

Susan Wehrspann helps TBI survivors find work through her company Wehrspann & Associates. Free Resources Available for Job Seekers By Eliza Marie Somers If applying for jobs and getting back to work has you overwhelmed, especially after a brain injury, don’t fret, there are plenty of resources available to you -- and most are free! […]

Memory Can Be Repaired, Even Years After a TBI

Brain Injury Hope Foundation co-founder Dr. Mary Ann Keatley says memory can sometimes be restored in mTBI survivors with a little work and dedication to therapy. “It can be five minutes a few times a week,” she said of therapy. Memory Can Be Repaired, Even Years After a TBI By Eliza Marie Somers Memory issues […]

Importance of Community after a TBI

JoAnne Silver Jones says she has found a new appreciation for the relationships in her life after her brain injury. Importance of Community after a TBI By Eliza Marie Somers Cultivating connections and staying active in a community are common threads that help survivors of traumatic brain injuries move forward in their journey from recovering […]

Hobbies, Mindfulness, Kindness Help Survivors During Pandemic

Kevin Thompson got a puppy, Sla'inte (pronounced slan-cha), during the pandemic to keep him company. Hobbies, Mindfulness, Kindness Help Survivors During Pandemic By Eliza Marie Somers During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Joanne Cohen kicked off the Brain Injury Hope Foundation’s Zoom Survivor Series seminars with 13 rays of hope and tips for […]