Brain Injury & Addiction

Originally posted on Vinland Center:

shattered headA brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. An injury that happens in an instant can cause a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term need for help to perform activities of daily living as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Mixing Alcohol and Drugs with a Brain Injury

There are many reasons why using drugs and alcohol after a brain injury is not recommended. Here are a few of the key reasons:

  • Alcohol and other drugs impair a brain’s ability to heal after an injury, slowing recovery.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with balance, walking, or talking that get worse when a person uses alcohol or other drugs.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with concentration and memory, and using alcohol or other drugs makes…

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“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”

“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”

“Don’t let what you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can do…

best!”

from    https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/the-hidden-handicap-the-silent-epidemic-2/ and

https://traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/the-silent-epidemic-of-acquired-brain-injury/

Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
“You can still soar like an eagle” That’s a metaphor, by the way
Picture (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!
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In memory of Jules Bianchi, Justin Wilson, Henry Surtees, Dan Wheldon and the other racing drivers (some great) who have lost their lives doing what they love.
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Never stop climbing that mountain!

https://mandelamadiba.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/he-never-stopped-climbing-that-mountain/

“We all face mountains, many of them very high,  our own ‘Everests’ to climb along life’s amazing journey”

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
Never stop climbing that mountain, but also stop to rest and recover. But most importantly, take time to  admire the view
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If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Originally posted on From Seeds of Hope To Endless Possibilities:

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

from     http://tbitriumphs.com/2014/06/27/believe/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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The Silent Epidemic of Acquired Brain Injury

Originally posted on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):

http://www.headway.ie/information/silentepidemic.html

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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Say ‘YES’ to your Potential” (a Self Help Book by Skip Ross): A SUMMARY

Originally posted on My Journey of Faith: "Jesus Makes God Real to Me":

“But those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.”

– Isaiah 40:31

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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Head/Brain Injury and Dysphasia (or Aphasia)

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What is Dysphasia?

I had great difficulty in talking at first. Even with much effort over the years, this is an area in which I’ve always had some difficulty (telling stories- very short, even jokes when the words just don’t come out quite right) …and perhaps why I communicate best through writing (where I don’t have to follow instructions)!

Hope this article is helpful to you

enjoy

craig

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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APHASIA (DYSPHASIA):

Difficulty understanding or expressing language as a result of damage to the brain. There are different levels of impairment and
the term dysphasia refers to partial loss of language whereas aphasia refers to complete loss of language. However, in practise, the terms are interchangeable.

from https://www.headway.org.uk/common-brain-injury-terms.aspx

  • Expressive Aphasia – this is when someone has difficulty talking and expressing ideas. (That’s me for sure!) They may also find writing difficult. (Thank goodness, that doesn’t apply, otherwise I’d  really be even deeper, much, in “the smelly brown stuff!”!)

Also see https://www.headway.org.uk/communication-problems-after-brain-injury.aspx

and http://www.headway.ie/information/abi/communicating-following-brain-injury/

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Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
Picture (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!
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“One must first of all endure.”

Originally posted on Ernest Hemingway: Thoughts on the Writing Journey:

‘There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.’

One must first of all endure.

– Ernest Hemingway, the “master writer”

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Must have been talking about the writing journey.

… or perhaps Nelson Mandela

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain-top of our desires.”
– Nelson Mandela

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from  https://mandelamadiba.wordpress.com/2013/12/

…or perhaps simply life’s journey!

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MANdela (first trip to London 1962)

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Ayrton Senna with his winner's garland, British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, March 27, 1982

from http://www.ayrtonsennadasilva.wordpress.com

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“Life is queer with its twists and turns…”

and www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

“One must first of all, endure”

– Ernest Hemingway

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and…

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Thoughts of Madiba: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter…”

Originally posted on Nelson Mandela: My Inspiration (and "Inspirator"):

SAcoming home

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb…”

from https://longroadtopeace.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/i-have-walked/

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Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

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Nelson Mandela rainbow, Pretoria, South Africa (12th December 2013)

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“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

Originally posted on It's not the mountain we conquer, but OURSELVES:

“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

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from https://beliefhope.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/its-not-the-mountain-we-conquer-but-ourselves/

and   https://formula1mind.wordpress.com

“He never ever stopped climbing that mountain.”

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life…

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