Compassion Fatigue

Being a caregiver is important, but difficult work. Caregivers are caring and compassionate people who put their lives on hold in order to be there and to be ready to handle anything that might come up with the one they are caring for. The best ones take the care part of being a caregiver very (more…)

BEST Superhero of the Month June 2020

Caregivers are often seen as caring, kind, supportive and loving.  While these attributes are all true, there are other adjectives that apply to caregivers.  Fierce. Loyal. Determined. Superheroes. Warriors.  Our BEST Superhero of the Month for June 2020, celebrates and uplifts all of the characteristics of caregivers, but especially the warrior spirit and mindset of (more…)

On Caregiving

(Editor’s note: Writer Isaac Peterson shares a beautiful piece on caregiving and a special tribute to his beloved honorary grandmother. KT)  I was just reviewing some scenes from the movie version of my life and I think I’ve got a great one in mind; the time I was a caregiver. It wasn’t for someone with (more…)

Caregiver Thursday: Caregivers and Creativity!

(Editor’s Note: BEST welcomes a blog exclusive from Susanne White, Caregiver Warrior! She explores creativity and caregiving in a passionate and powerful way. Thank you Caregiver Warrior for your words and wisdom! KT) Productivity comes from the mind, but creativity comes from the heart. Creativity is driven by the need to see things differently. People (more…)

After TBI: Advice for Family, Friends and Caregivers

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 BEST Superhero of the Month December 2018

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 (more…)