Isaac’s Take: Adventures in the Legislature

(Editor’s note: Writer, BEST guest blog contributor and stroke survivor, Isaac Peterson, had an opportunity to try to something new: advocacy work. In his latest personal essay, he shares his experience as an advocate and about the new TBI legislation in Washington State. KT) There’s an old saying that goes, Laws are like sausages, it (more…)

Super Washington State News

Recently, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (ESSB 5127) that will increase funding to support traumatic brain injury survivors across the state.  To learn more about the the bill, click here.  To view a video of the bill signing, click here.  To view photos of the bill signing, click here.  We applaud the hard (more…)

For My Friend Tommy Manning

(Editor’s note: BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, shares her reflections, remembrances and appreciation about one of our local superheroes, the late Tommy Manning. KT). Tommy Manning. Everyone in the Washington State brain injury community knows the name. You may have even met him at a support group meeting, seen him at one of the annual (more…)

Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium April 2018

Conversation. Education. Advocacy. These are the three elements that change communities and lives. In the spirit of transformation, you are cordially invited to the  Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium being held April 19-20, 2018 in Spokane, Washington. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. The event flyer is attached below. Interested (more…)

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was formed in 2008 with a straightforward mission: we want to empower ourselves and each other to take control of our treatments, our recoveries and our lives. We know BEST. The roots of that mission remain powerful and even more relevant, especially today. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. (more…)

BIAA and Congressional Impact

In the past BEST has focused on the state of brain injury in Washington State. While our reach has often gone beyond state borders as we change the conversation from brain injury to brain energy our day to day work has primarily been in the trenches of providing support and advocacy for support groups in (more…)