Just a little reminder to our kind-hearted BESTies. ❤️
There are superheroes among us and we want to hear about them!
Do you know a survivor, caregiver or community supporter who is putting the power in personal empowerment? Soaring to new heights? Doing cool things? Bringing superhero-size support to the brain injury community?
Nominate your superhero for the BEST Superhero of the Month for some superhero team recognition. If your nominee is selected he/she will receive the following:
- A BEST Superhero of the Month certificate of appreciation.
- Public recognition on the BEST website blog, social media and e-newsletter.
Ready to nominate? Let’s do this! Click here to fill out the online form or you can email Kim Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, BEST friends!
Editor’s note: Writer and stroke survivor, Isaac Peterson, offers some straightforward and valuable advice for family members, friends and caregivers of brain injury survivors. Thank you, Isaac for your wisdom and words. KT)
Before I received the gift of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), I really didn’t know what one was. Sure, I was familiar with the term, but after my stroke, I was surprised to learn that I had one. The constant dizziness, lack of balance, fatigue, the weakness in my limbs, alternating bouts of insomnia and super drowsiness, and other things; what was that about?
Since it looked like my life had turned upside down and sideways, I figured I’d better learn what had really happened and what I was in for in the immediate future.
After that it took me a while to realize that the people around me were still where I had been before my TBI and didn’t really understand what a TBI is and what it does to survivors. I also came to understand that as well-meaning as they might be, they would never fully understand until they had my hands on experience.
Family, friends, caregivers: where could they get the knowledge and understanding to help a TBI survivor cope with their new reality, and learn to cope themselves?
I desperately wanted the people in my life to know and understand what was going on with me.
I’ve seen websites that offer advice, but most seem to come down to this: be patient. The sites I’d seen didn’t offer much in the way of explaining what others need to know that will actually help others be patient. Patience is good; I know we can be a real handful at times. It must be pretty hard sometimes not to feel angry or frustrated.
Now it’s my turn to try to explain it.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is doing something extra special for the BEST Superhero of the Month honors for December 2018.
Instead of honoring a single superhero or a pair, we are going to honor a large group of the real-life superheroes who make a tremendous difference in the lives of brain injury survivors and the brain injury community.
Today, we are honoring, appreciating and sending our love to our caregivers.
Thank you, caregivers, for all of your hard work, strength, perseverance and support.
Please accept our award certificate as an acknowledgement of all that you do.
We love you! 💚🤗
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!
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.