It’s a perfect way to wrap up our social media book themed week at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST). Below are the BEST Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Penny Condoll’s book picks! Thank you Penny!
Over My Head: A Doctor’s Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out Paperback – March 1, 2000
by Claudia L. Osborn
This was my first brain injury book. Tyne (Condoll’s daughter) read it to me at 9 years old ( three years after my injury) and it was so powerful. It’s a story about a doctor who has a brain injury and how she rehabs and finds a way to participate in life fully again. Very powerful for this social worker who was grieving not being able to return to the hospital to work.
I’ll Carry the Fork! Recovering a Life After Brain Injury Paperback – October 1, 1999
by Kara L. Swanson
Tyne also read this book to me and it is a great read. This book is inspirational and practical but most of all it is funny. It gave me permission to laugh about the crazy stuff that happens when you are recovering your life after a brain injury.
The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbook: Your Program for Regaining Cognitive Function and Overcoming Emotional Pain (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – November 1, 2004
by Douglas J. Mason PsyD LCSW (Author), Marc Irwin Sharfman MD (Foreword)
This is the book I refer most for people. It is an excellent way to look at the symptoms your experiencing and through this wonderful workbook understand your brain injury better and creates better ways to discuss this with people around you and your health care team. I love love love this workbook.
Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma Paperback – November 5, 2013
by Diane Roberts Stoler (Author), Barbara Albers Hill (Author)
This is the new version of what I consider the “handbook” for survivors. Dr. Stoler is a survivor and practicing doctor and really gave great explanation and advice that you don’t hear everywhere. I think of this as the TBI 101 book.
After Brain Injury Telling Your Story, A Journaling Workbook Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2009
by Barbara Stahura
Another great how-to book.
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey Paperback – May 26, 2009
by Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D
In Search of Wings: A Journey Back from Traumatic Brain Injury
by Beverley Bryant (Author)
My favorite part of this book are the poems that are included in her story. I have them all bookmarked at the Space and pull them out from time to time for inspiration.
Beautiful, delicious, healthy, organic and locally sourced foods are really the BEST!
So, that’s why the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to announce that as of Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Our BEST Space will be the new University Place, Washington community pick-up center for Terra Organics, a BESTie and community partner. Terra Organics is a home delivery service that provides fresh organic produce, foods and more from organic farms and organic food producers. Customers can order from established boxes of various sizes or can custom create their own box. Customers may also choose their delivery frequency and select a vast array of different products from the convenient online webstore.
And while Terra Organics offers home delivery service, customers may opt to pick up their food box orders at a conveniently located, designated community center where they reside to pick up their products in person to save on delivery fees.
Our BEST Space will be the drop-off point for Terra Organics deliveries for customers who reside the University Place. The center will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday for customers to pick up their orders.
Our BEST Space is the first and only community center in the city of University Place.
The team at BEST is just thrilled to be offering this valuable community service and to partner with Terra Organics. Both organizations are passionate about wellness, healthy living and supporting the local farmers and our local communities.
To learn more about Terra Organics and how you can become a customer, visit their website.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was publicly honored last night by the City Council of the City of University Place at University Place City Hall for their community efforts and support. BEST supported an appreciation letter writing campaign along with other community partners for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade(CAB), the city’s “adopted” brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. (Read more specific details about the project here).
Nearly 2,300 letters were written in support of the brave men and women of the 16th CAB during the summer months.
BEST is deeply touched by this wonderful honor from the council and is honored to be of service to the CAB and their families, the city of University Place and the local community.
It’s not too late to register for Barbara Stahura’s really terrific webinar series, “Journaling After Brain Injury.” Use the links to learn more and to follow an easy registration process. Unlock the power of words for your personal journey. You’ll be glad you did!
Much has been said in the news recently about the deeply disturbing video footage of recently fired NFL player Ray Rice attacking his then fiancee, knocking her unconscious for at least several minutes. What has had little mention, is it appears that after this incident, the injured woman did not receive medical attention. Brain injury can be a very real result of domestic violence. Here’s a comprehensive article on violence and brain injury to consider. What can we do create awareness and change the conversation?