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Broken Mind, Persistent Hope Broken Mind, Persistent HopeA Memoir of Recovery from Brain Damage and Manic Depressionby Thomas E. Hartmann A promising young student is cut down by manic depression. Soon after, his car is T-boned by a tractor trailer … Continue reading

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A SHORT EXTRACT FROM MY BOOK ‘STIRLING’

http://www.amazon.com/Stirling-Story-Boys-Hope-Dream-ebook/dp/B00H1N6X1Y A SHORT EXTRACT FROM MY BOOK ‘STIRLING’ THE FLICKERING cine film has all the compulsive horror of the footage of the John F. Kennedy assassination. In a sickening blur of speed, the Walker Lotus 18/21 racing car leaves the … Continue reading

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Living with Long-Term Brain (Head) Injury

INTRODUCTION

Here is some “info”, that I summarised from a radio interview with a UK film-maker by the name of William Fairbank (http://www.williamfairbank.com) talking about the “hidden handicap, the silent epidemic”. (“It could have been me speaking” . . . but not nearly as eloquently* as William!)

*big word, eh!

Head injury has become a common problem throughout the world. Many of the more severe injuries are related to road traffic and horse riding accidents. As an example, in Great Britain about 15 patients every hour are admitted to hospital for observation, because of head injury and every 2 hours one of these will die. Head injury is implicated in 1 of all deaths and 50% OF ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT DEATHS. Head injury is particularly prevalent in the age group between 10 and 25. CONCUSSION has occurred, whenever patients cannot remember the actual blow that made them unconscious.

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WILLIAM FAIRBANKS Interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio (4th Feb 2010)

LONG-TERM BRAIN INJURY

“There is excellent medical care immediately post-trauma. However, there is little follow-up after the initial trauma. Every day I have to come to terms with my brain injury, to learn. I don’t handle interruptions. It’s like being in a movie. Each person with a brain injury is different…and is affected in different ways. I do one thing at a time – break into little tasks. I really live in the present. No-one ever explained to me how to cope, how to deal with everyday living. I had to learn strategies for myself.

Difficulties in ‘making connections’: Continue reading

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http://pamelajansen.com/author.htm It is often said that life is not about the things that happen to you but instead the grace with which you handle them… Pamela’s story is inspiring, her courage outstanding. Despite the fact that on a night nearly 30 … Continue reading

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Snowboarder Back from the Dead

Snowboarder Back from the Dead By Scott Kara @scottkara 5:30 AM Saturday Jul 20, 2013 From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10900395 ✩Save Like on Facebook13 Tweet on Twitter3 Post on LinkedIn0 +1 on Google+0 Pin on Pinterest0 Snowboarder Kevin Pearce with brother David at this year’s … Continue reading

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“We who have had a traumatic brain injury are as human as everybody else…”

“We who have had a traumatic brain injury are as human as everybody else.” The difference is that we have had a permanent change in our lifestyle and  we have to accept it , because there is no cure. We … Continue reading

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