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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Cognitive Therapy?!


I could not believe it when I read the title of the below article (click on it to read and also be blown away).

Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy

Here is a short quote from the article: "Tricare analysis of cognitive rehabilitation discounted studies showing patients benefited from the therapy."

It seems like just basic, common sense that cognitive therapy helps to improve the effects of a TBI. It's one thing if they said this kind of therapy was too expensive, but this is not the issue (or so they say). Let me just tell you that I am sooooooooooo grateful that I didn't have this Tricare medical insurance when my brain was injured. Our poor injured Veterans who do . . . !

Do you think I am going to write a letter to Congress?? ABSOLUTELY. . . and you should too!!

Click HERE to learn how to write a letter to congress (THANK YOU THANK YOU)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Moving right along . . . past my injury!

I read a really terrific article about recent war veterans with TBI and a new program that helps them revisit the site where their injuries took place. The program has helped many to really move past the effects of their injury.

"I can go to the site where I almost died, and I can say, you know what, this is the start of a new life," says Joseph. "I can close that old chapter out and not hold the baggage of the past. I can take my retirement with a lighter heart."

Here is the article and then my thoughts are below.

I see a parallel here. Writing and publishing my book brought me closure. The writing process, for me, was like visiting the battleground was for these soldiers. Maybe it's partly because I'm used to my life with a TBI, but I also believe that all of the investigation I did into "what happened" in my car accident, and reliving it (in a sense) has allowed me to leave it behind and move on. It's called closure.

I applaud these soldiers!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A healthy diet will improve your life with a TBI!

Read this about nutrition for Survivors

(You can read similar information all over the place. I absolutely regret it when I don't eat according to these suggestions -- too much sugar, too much salt, not enough vegetables - and I feel . . . bleh!)