The Importance of Sleep after Brain Injury

It’s time to put a label on one of my biggest fears as a brain injury survivor: Backsliding. Over the last couple of months, I began to fear that this was happening to me until another survivor shared with me that lack of sleep exacerbated brain injury symptoms. And in two ticks of a clock,…

Western University researchers use dual brain scans to track long-term concussion toll

Western University researchers are inching closer to making an invisible injury visible, using two kinds of brain scans to track the physical changes concussions cause even after the symptoms are long gone. In a new joint study, researchers at Western University and Radboud University’s Donders Institute in the Netherlands found physical markers of concussion in…

10 Little Things That Mean A Lot To Someone Who Has Depression

About half of all people with brain injury are affected by depression within the first year after injury. Even more (nearly two-thirds) are affected within seven years after injury. Below, people who’ve dealt with depression explain how friends and family can help ease the burden.

A Painful Pendulum

Sue Casey suspects that the multiple concussions her husband, Randy, sustained in his football had something to do with the way his personality changed near the end of his life. “Toward the end, he was depressed. He got quieter and quieter. I never knew who I was coming home to — Jekyll or Hyde. His…

Family of Rod Jones: Head trauma led to former Husky football star’s suicide

Family members of Rod Jones, a former University of Washington tight end and NFL player who died by suicide Saturday, said they believe head trauma from football led to the 54-year-old’s downward spiral. “He was changing and morphing into something that was so irrational, so scared, so loss-of-control. The last six months have been noticeably…

Holiday Loneliness: From Coping to Acting – by Stephanie Cowle

Loneliness is not just about being alone. It is about feeling disconnected from others, whether you are physically separated or can’t relate to the people around you. While loneliness is a common feeling, it’s not something you should shrug off. Loneliness can have serious effects on your physical and mental health. In this post, we’ll…

My Story – By Jennifer Lawson

On Oct 2, 2014, while I was on my way to work I stopped on a highway as the traffic lights were red. There were about 4 cars in front of me. I left some room with the car in front as my mum always told me to leave room incase of an accident. Waiting…

Remembering to Remember – by Mark Koning

Every so often I find myself forgetting the reason behind why it is I am doing something, if in fact, I am trying to do two things at once. That is not to say that I cannot multitask, but I have to concentrate and remember that am multitasking. I need to work at a pace…

Fatigue & the heat wave – by Mark Koning

There is a saying, “no two brain injuries are a like”. This is true, every acquired brain injury is different, just as we all, as humans, are different. But as we also share things in common, so do these ABI’s. One thing in particular that I have heard from a few individuals, and also deal…

Disclosure: The Right Way – by Mark Koning

Having any type of disability I’m sure comes with a series of hardships that I do not understand, but I think one common challenge (whether it is physical or mental) that a lot of us can recognize as similar, in some ways, is disclosure. Having an “invisible” disability myself, can make opening up about it…

Challenges – by Mark Koning

As a brain injury survivor I have dealt with my share of barriers to overcome and in most part I feel that I have managed to triumphantly get through, but to say that, or think that, my struggles have all together disappeared, would be incorrect. Just because I was the age of six when the…