There are superheroes out in the world 🌍 and we’ve spotted them!
In fact, we know where they shop: right here at the Superhero Shoppe, located inside Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington!
Be a real-life superhero and shop at the Superhero Shoppe, too! Perfect for fun holiday goodies and gifts that benefit a great cause.
Here are the details:
Who: All Superheroes and their friends!
What: A shoppe that offers fun and unique superhero gifts, accessories and more. Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe support the superheroes of the brain injury community and the superhero programs, services and resources offered at Our BEST Space. The Superhero Shoppe also proudly features the work of paper artist, Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity.
When: Superhero Shoppe hours are Wednesdays from 12 pm to 6 pm and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm.
Where: 2607 Bridgeport Way W. Suite #1H, University Place, Washington. Click here for driving directions.
Why: To share superhero support and fun to the entire community (and to the world!).
More Superhero Shoppe info: Watch this space for our new online Superhero Shoppe coming soon on the BEST website! With our new and upcoming online shoppe, you can shop 24 X 7 from the convenience of home!
BEST will be adding new items regularly to the shoppe. Please visit the BEST blog for the latest inventory announcements and updates.
To note: As a volunteer organization, hours may vary. For more information, please contact us at 877-719-2378 or email@example.com. The Superhero Shoppe accepts cash, credit card or personal check (with valid ID and from a local bank only). We do not accept bills $50 and higher.
Here’s a little virtual tour. Enjoy!
A car accident in 2011 changed those roles significantly.
Robin sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI); worse, it wasn’t diagnosed right away.
Faced with the challenges that came with an undiagnosed TBI, she struggled to find support, services and resources to help her move forward and manage her injury.
Robin found herself on a frustrating and exhausting physical, emotional and mental journey forward.
Robin’s road to becoming a superhero was formed in 2013, when she discovered one of the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) local brain injury support groups in Washington State. Through the group, she learned how to acknowledge and accept her brain injury.
For Robin, positivity and healing came in the form of other fellow superheroes in the brain injury community who shared some super-powered tools.
Together, both things helped her find new superpowers and rebuild her life.
Robin summed it up this way: “It’s pretty simple: when all the systems and services that are in place to help with brain injury failed, BEST was, and is, the only place where I found hope, recovery, friendship and family.”
Only three months after being in the support group, she became the support group co-facilitator. Robin also participated in BEST’s Identity and Moving On After Brain Injury program that provided a guided process to help create a plan for the future and gather more tools and strategies to carry out that plan.
“Moving On gave me hope,” says Robin. “In addition to the support group, I went to Our BEST Space, and that gave me a community, support, belonging and acceptance.”
Fast forward to today.
Robin has served as the Program Manager for BEST since 2015 and manages the BEST Superhero Shoppe in Our BEST Space, a fun superhero-themed store featuring superhero accessories, specialty gifts and much more.
Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe benefit brain injury survivors and their families in Washington State.
Robin also remains the co-facilitator of the Edmonds Brain Injury Support Group and serves a BEST Support Group Coach.
She was also honored as a BEST Superhero of the Month in 2017.
Robin is one of BEST’s biggest supporters for Giving Tuesday. This year’s theme, Building Superheroes, resonates with her personally.
“If I can help others become a superhero to themselves, then I couldn’t be happier!”
Do you want join Robin and the rest of the superhero team and build superheroes, too?
Here’s your chance!
Join us on Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and share your monetary gift with BEST (any amount helps). Our goal is noted below.
In the Puget Sound area? Join us on November 27, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at Our BEST Space and the Superhero Shoppe in University Place, WA, for a special celebration with light refreshments available. Donate at the Space and receive a special handcrafted, Building Superheroes, magnet courtesy of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity ((while supplies last).
Thank you for your support today and every day!
You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something. Batman 🦇
Yes, really. Batman was onto something!
It took real-life superhero, Robin Spicuzza, some time after her traumatic brain injury (TBI) to regain her superpowers of meaning and being; with help from fellow BEST Superheroes and super-powered tools, she rebuilt her life.
Help others like Robin rebuild after brain injury with the BEST tools.
💖Click here to learn just what to do. It’s fast, easy and SUPER!
In the meantime, here’s a little building video inspiration. Enjoy! 🛠💪❤
(Editor’s note: What’s the definition of community? Writer and stroke survivor, Isaac Peterson, has an excellent, must-read definition of our community in his latest article. KT)
So, what is the TBI community? I know what community means but the idea of the word doesn’t really sum up the group of people of which I am now a part. The online dictionaries I’ve looked at have quite a few definitions, some of which apply to the TBI community, and others not so much.
It can get quite involved, so I guess I’ll just lay out here my ideas about what the TBI community is about. But one thing is for sure: the TBI community has too many qualities to be summarized by a dictionary definition.
The TBI community isn’t a place or a geographic location. We are everywhere. We live in every country in the world, in every region where there are people. We are from all walks of life, from every religion, faith, race, ethnicity, economic status. We are men and women, boys and girls. We are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends; you name it.
We have no centralized authority, like in a government or a corporation. We are pretty much leaderless; we have spokespeople and advocates, one of which I am proud and privileged to be. There is no head of the TBI community or organization issuing marching orders and there is no hierarchy. Everyone with a TBI is an equal part of the community. Each of us can be leaders in our own way, depending on our own individual desires and capabilities, and we are all leaders and spokespeople at different times. We have many groups and subgroups, which are unfunded or underfunded.
But we exist and persist, because the alternative is unacceptable. We can reach out and provide comfort and strength, and in return be comforted and strengthened. We are largely in loose, informal networks, that, with the aid of the internet, allows our community to be international in scope.
The community includes people without traumatic brain injuries, too: caregivers, family members, friends. Anyone who helps a TBI survivor cope is part of the community.
There are meetings, large and small, formal and informal. There are local support groups and large gatherings, like the recent two-day Washington State conference which I attended. And there are a surprising number of agencies and organizations reaching out and touching the lives of people living with traumatic brain injury.
There are no membership rolls or dues. No one chooses to be part of the TBI community; we were brought together by an accident of fate.
We are not seeking power. But we are seeking understanding, acceptance, autonomy and independence on our own individual terms. We help each other gain and maintain our dignity in a world that largely does not and cannot understand. There are no dogmas or manifestos; our only agenda is to live full, normal lives and fully realize our true potential.
We are joined together in a common cause and bound together by faith, united by hope for the future.
My personal experience in the community is that it’s very warm and welcoming. It’s been a group that encourages members to share their thoughts, hopes, fears, their challenges and triumphs, all without fear of being laughed at or marginalized. The sense of kinship and unconditional acceptance has been strong, and the feeling of strength and empowerment has been a lifesaver for me.
Here is a place where I feel confident baring my soul to like-minded people, all with a common purpose and shared hopes and dreams.
It has been a source of inspiration and support. The TBI community has helped me feel much less alone in the world and confident of my place in it.
I know I am not the only one who feels that way.
We are many and we are everywhere.
Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He also doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab. Peterson also welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is thrilled to share our latest BEST Superhero of the Month for October 2018!
Congratulations and best wishes to Nick Mehrmoosh! Nick is deeply involved in the brain injury community in creating education, awareness, resources tools and much more. Nick also serves as a BEST board director.
This dynamic and passionate leader has truly made an impact in Washington State.
Here’s what Nick’s nominator had to say about him.
Nick is a graduate student at Eastern Washington University. His studies are in psychology and his focus is brain injury. Nick is a support group facilitator and on the Board of Directors for TBISN. He worked with TBISN, educators, and professionals to create the 2017 TBI Panel Symposium intended to educated students, professionals, and relevant populations about vital topics concerning brain injury and disability, for the betterment of professional and public awareness and he’s repeated that performance for 2018. He uses his experience and education to help those with brain injury in the Spokane area.
Thank you, Nick, for all that you do for our community (and beyond)!
Know a special real-life superhero in the brain injury community? We’d love to hear about them. Click here to learn more and nominate someone today!
Want to learn how to build a real-life superhero?
Watch our short video below and you’ll see just how to do it!
Now, are you ready to start building?
Click here to learn how to get started!