BEST Director and Support Group Coach, Jeff Hartson, recently presented important information about brain injury and brain injury awareness at the 2017 Tacoma-Pierce County High Risk Populations Disaster Planning Summit at the Star Center in Tacoma, Washington on June 14, 2017. The summit was organized by the Pierce County High Risk Populations Disaster Planning Coalition, a coalition formed in 2007 that is comprised of interested agencies, organizations and individuals who are dedicated to serving the needs of vulnerable populations, before, during and after disasters.
Hartson presented in the Challenges in Communications segment of the summit. Traditional avenues of emergency messaging do not always fully address or relate to individuals with disabilities. Hartson shared valuable and important information about brain injury and brain injury awareness to help build education, understanding and to help support the refinement, development and enhancement of communications during a disaster to best support and inform. individuals with brain injury and their families.
For Hartson, it was a great experience to share information, connect with others and learn more.
“It was a very positive experience,” says Hartson. “It was a great opportunity to educate people about brain injuries and other disabilities that people don’t hear enough about.”
Many thanks to Jeff Hartson for his terrific community representation at this event.
Love books? Looking for some great reads this summer?
Well, if you answered YES to one or both of those questions, BEST has a something terrific in store just for you! Beginning on June 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. PST and running through June 21, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. PST, BEST will be hosting the BEST Summer Reads giveaway on our Facebook page. Participants will be eligible to win THREE terrific reads from these amazing authors:
Author Jeff Sebell has served as an inspiration, beacon of hope and steady support for the brain injury community (and beyond) for many years. He penned the highly acclaimed and groundbreaking book, Learning to Live with Yourself after Brain Injury, which was released in August of 2014.
Simply put, Jeff Sebell gets it.
Mia’s book is the inspirational account of her powerful journey of regrouping after a brain injury and preparing for a new life of hope and possibility. Prepare to be inspired, as Mia chronicles her challenges and triumphs, with courage, tenacity and optimism (there’s even some amazing recipes included, as an added bonus).
The gripping and powerful story of a mother’s love and determination and a young woman, her beloved daughter, who defied the odds and a dire prognosis following a near fatal car accident. Jennifer Field not only survived, but learned to thrive anyway with strength and resiliency.
Entering to win these BEST summer reads is easy.
When you see our special Facebook post about the giveaway on the BEST Facebook page on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. PST, simply like that post and you are entered into the drawing for the books shown above. The winner will be selected by random drawing on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. PST and the announcement will be posted shortly thereafter (4:05 p.m. PST) on the BEST Facebook page. Good luck!
Added bonus: Want to like us on Facebook while you are stopping by to enter? We’d love it! By liking our Facebook page, you’ll be joining other BEST superheroes and their families in conversation, sharing news and links you can use and much more all year round.
Please read: following are some important giveaway terms, conditions and eligibility requirements.
- The BEST Summer Reads Facebook Giveaway will be found exclusively on the BEST Facebook page.
- These giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor (Brain Energy Support Team), not Facebook.
- The giveaway is open to all adults over the age of 18 and who reside in the continental United States.
- Those who wish to participate will be asked to LIKE the post to be entered during the entry period of June 20, 2017, 10 a.m. PST to June 21, 2017 3:55 p.m. PST. Winner will be selected by random drawing and will be announced on the BEST Facebook page on June 21, 2017 by 4:05 p.m. PST.
- Winner will be asked to supply mailing address to the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) via private message (contact instructions will be noted on the winner’s announcement post). Winner’s contact information will remain private and will not be shared or used for any other purpose than to arrange for the shipping of the gift package.
- Gift package will be mailed within three business days upon receipt of the winner’s mailing address. Gift package will be shipped by standard mail through the United States Postal Service.
When I was forced to leave my life in Minnesota behind and start all over in Tacoma, I had another challenge on top of learning to live with a traumatic brain injury: how to start a new life in a place where I didn’t know anyone. I had no idea how to proceed.
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 email@example.com.
Pacific Northwest paper and mixed media artist, owner of paper arts and goods company, Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, and BEST Gratitude Specialist, Diane Rasch, recently unveiled her latest mixed-media art piece that will be part of the 2017 Brain Injury Art Show being held at the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington. The show will run from June 30, 2017 through October 1, 2017 in the Bellevue Art Museum’s Community Education Gallery.
Rasch participated in last year’s show with her mixed-media project that depicted the human brain, called “My Beautiful Brain.”
This year, Rasch is especially excited about her latest project as it has a special personal meaning for the artist.
Called, “My Puzzling Life,” the piece depicts important symbols of hope, dreams and challenges in the forms of “puzzle pieces” that share the artist’s life of navigating through brain injury.
“This one was hard to make,” smiles Rasch. “There was a lot to say and share, more so than my brain piece from last year.”
“But I just love this new piece,” continues Rasch. “It’s very special to me. It represents my dreams, some of them which have come true, even with a brain injury. It share symbols of time, hope, change, good things, and hard things, too.”
Most of all, Rasch’s piece is a dedication, not only to her journey forward, but to someone and something very special to her: BEST Founder, Penny Condoll and the Identity and Moving On After A TBI program offered at BEST.
“Penny’s been my encouraging and supporting voice. Actually, I’m going to say this piece is a representation of what Moving On can do for you. Thank you to my dear friend, Penny.”
Rasch wishes to also acknowledge with great appreciation the collaborative assistance of Tim Mansen.