Survivor Series blog

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 […]

Strategies to Combat Cognitive Fatigue

Co-founder of The Brain Injury Hope Foundation Mary Ann Keatley explains the Energy Pie during the October 2020 Survivor Series via Zoom. By Eliza Marie Somers We’ve all experienced exhaustion: When we are so tried after a long day we just collapse on the sofa, lacking the energy to take a shower or even to […]

Self-care Crucial for Caregivers’ Health

Joanne Cohen, vice president of the Brain Injury Hope Foundation, says caregivers also face grief. For more information on grief and brain injuries, please see our two blogs on the subject. Gaining Your Power Back with Counseling after Brain Injury and The Benefits of Counseling after Brain Injury.   By Eliza Marie Somers A familiar phrase […]

Eat to Thrive after a Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Hope Foundation recommends that you please consult your physician for all medical advice. And please remember, the statements in this blog post are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Brain Injury Hope Foundation, its representatives and officers have not verified and do not condone any opinions or recommendations contained herein and are […]

Gaining Your Power Back with Counseling after Brain Injury

BIHF Vice President Joanne Cohen, top left, Rita Coalson, MA, LPC NCC, and BIHF President Gayann Brandenburg, bottom, facilitate the Benefits of Counseling Following a Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury on July 17, 2020.  Counseling may be the furthest thing from someone’s mind during recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), but it might […]

13 Keys to Re-empowerment During the Pandemic

Getting Hit, Getting Up, Moving Beyond and Making a Difference Graphic recording  To describe the year 2020 as vexing, exasperating and terrifying is an understatement as the coronavirus pandemic remains a deadly cloud over our everyday lives. Add in a traumatic brain injury and the anxiety can be unbearable at times. However, Joanne Cohen, vice […]

Neuroplasticity Key to Many New Therapies

Healthcare Panel Reveals Unique Ways to Recover from TBI BIHF Vice President Joanne Cohen, standing left, greets the February 2020 Treatment Panel participants: Nancy Bonifer, standing left to right, Candi Boyd, Dr. Eric Spier, Dr. Jeff McWhorter, seated left, and Dr. Shane Steadman. Working with “non-traditional” doctors while recovering from a brain injury has helped […]