The Northwest Brain Injury Symposium hosts, Thriving After Service: Veterans Living with TBI. This event is focused on the relative impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on those individuals that have served in the various branches of the military, in addition, to focusing on strategies for positive outcomes. A speakers’ panel of experts will delve into the long-term medical, psychological, and social issues that manifest in veterans that have sustained a TBI. Specific topics will include, but limited to, co-occurrence of PTSD and TBI, recovery trajectories, and the importance of support with access to resources. Opportunities to connect with various local resources, services, and members of the community facing the same challenges will be available. Questions regarding this event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is FREE and Open to the Public, with FREE refreshments provided. Please note, parking at the Spokane Public Library is NOT free and will cost approximately $5.00 for the entire event. Parking at Riverfront Square will also be available, as will street parking.
Click here to RSVP.
This event is part of the Northwest Brain Injury Symposium, which is supported by Eastern Washington University – College of Social Sciences, Spokane Public Library, Brain Energy Support Team, and the TBI Council of Washington.
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The Northwest Brain Injury Symposium shared their recent lecture and resource event December 4, 2018 called Rediscovering Your Child: Pediatric Brain Injury.
This was the first panel lecture in the organization’s series for 2018-2019 at the Spokane Public Library.
This event focuses on the recovery trajectory and relative impact of a pediatric brain injury.
Watch the video below to learn more.
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!
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!
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) will be participating in Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back to organizations that make a difference.
Together, we will form a special superhero team and support fellow superheroes in the brain injury community in Washington State and provide them with the super-powered tools they need to live the BEST lives possible.
On Giving Tuesday, we’ll have the celebration and building activities conveniently online and in person at our community center, Our BEST Space and our super store, the Superhero Shoppe located inside the Space.
Can’t wait to get started? Grab your favorite tools noted in the infographics above and start today by clicking here. Interested in taking your superhero powers to the next level? Consider a BEST membership by clicking here.
In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday November 27, 2018! All are welcome!
In the meantime, here’s a fun little slideshow for inspiration. Thank you, superheroes!