Monthly Archives: July 2012

Gathering the Tribe: TBI-2 is the only article I have read that support every person with brain dysfunction at its core. It describes what makes things worse and the most important to helping is the support of others who are non-judgmental and accepts people for who they are, not who they believe that person be! It also identifies how trying harder, doesn’t heal and make things “better”…and can actually make it worse! Please take the time for you and those you believe can help you if they have a better understanding. This is an exceptional educational tool, and you will see your own experiences on this website. Take a look and leave your comments on this site as well as! Thanks for educating others.

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ACO Conference Binder 2012 –
Blog expanded Speaker Content
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – Part 3b

Intractable Ignorance:  forming an opinion
without knowing very much about a subject,
refusing to investigate any information
that might change one’s mind;
closed mindedness; cognitive inflexibility.

It takes a village to educate a world

To underscore an essential point, I want to reiterate what I said in the first part of this article, making a comparison between the challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury and Attention Deficit Disorder [Lessons from the TBI Community]:

Individuals who find it difficult to “drive their own brains” (in either community) are FAR from having the understanding and support they deserve — from their professional caretakers, the people who claim to love them, or the random strangers on the street who believe they have the right to voice their opinions about the what a fellow human being “should” be…

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Simple tips to avoid cell phone distractions

iPhone Generation

iPhone Generation (Photo credit: xcode)

Do you find yourself getting distracted with your cell phone?  Are you noticing that you are not accomplishing all the things you would like in your day?  As technology has become such a part of everyone’s lives we all have been affected by: a cell phone ringing; others holding conversations in public places; people not paying attention while reading blogs or researching sites; watching You Tube videos; and playing games on these devices. Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine – Where did they go

Laughter helps the body, mind and soul heal.  It seems like life has so many twists and turns, is unpredictable daily, and we find ourselves walking around aimlessly many days in our own homes. What happens when you visit a cemetery of a loved one when all the plots look the same and a long time has passed since one was able to visit? Read the rest of this entry »


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A near drowning episode

When the weather gets hot outside everyone tries to enjoy outdoor activities. It was a camping adventure with my husband, sister, niece and nephew.  It was a beautiful summer weekend, August 17, 2002 at Clays Park in Canal Fulton, Ohio.    I have never been a person to say: “I can’t” until I try it.  I wish I said: “No” or “I can’t” when it came to that water slide. Read the rest of this entry »


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Simple and basic tips for toileting, bathroom use, and restrooms after traumatic brain injury and illness

Have you ever been with someone who simply continues going to the bathroom?  Or may never get to the bathroom in time?  These are basic functions that nearly everyone takes for granted from a young age, usually around the age of 2.  Routine bodily functions are often lost and need to be relearned following a traumatic brain injury and many other illnesses and injuries.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter as brain injury medicine…Forgot how you looked before leaving the house

Laughter as brain injury medicine is healing for the heart, soul and mind.  Here I believe others will find themselves or someone they know in similar situations and laugh instead of cry! Read the rest of this entry »


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Overwhelmed? Not perfection but looking at the simple things in life that matter

It’s been a rough and overwhelming few weeks and I haven’t been able to post in advance or even keep up with the postings and I apologize for that.  Anyone who deals with these issues on a regular basis certainly understands that even with the best made plans…it’s still very unpredictable.  Things can simply appear wonderful, but in reality it’s an entirely different story. Read the rest of this entry »


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Laughter brain injury medicine – Just by the seat of your pants!

Most of us with brain injuries go about life the best we can.  We continue to help others along the way, never complain and go on as though we have no problems of our own.  We understand others better then most…simply because we have been there in different ways. Most of all, we just simply understand and know how to help.

I met this lovely woman while doing my aquatic exercise.  I knew her to be an avid lap swimmer, with lower extremity paraparesis. Read the rest of this entry »


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Brain Injury Awareness Global Picnic Day June 30, 2012

Our family celebrated with much love and friendships during the first annual global picnic day Saturday, June 30, 2012.  This was definitely a family affair.  Everyone pitched in equally and we enjoyed the day.  Rather then write about Saturday I’ll use the pictures to tell the story.  Participants included those who understand the invisible injuries more then anyone else.  Take a look and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »


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