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Saturday, February 26, 2011

My article in the Deseret News!

"Never waste a tragedy," a friend of mine often says.

That's the best one-liner from a February 18, 2011 article in Deseret News. Columnist Jerry Johnston wrote a wonderful piece about ME and MY BOOK. I am absolutely thrilled because he is a great writer with a very clear, slightly philosophical, voice. I love him!

Click here to read this fantastic article.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Listen to me on the radio . . . again!!!

Who's a fan of NPR??? Check me out Friday, Feb 18 on 90.1 Utah 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. Or stream it at "Life With a Brain Injury."
GUESTS: Jennifer Mosher (TBI survivor); Laura Watson (TBI caregiver); Dr. Elie Elovic (University of Utah Brain Institute)

We'll talk about the injury, the recovery process, the ongoing challenges of living with TBI (forgetfulness, sleep, fatigue) and some of the strategies to help. No trick questions - just a conversation about what TBI is and some of the unique issues survivors have to deal with. They invite listeners to call in, and are sometimes flooded with calls; other times, listeners are so taken by the conversation that they prefer to sit back and listen -- we'll see what happens!

Feel free to call in and ask a question (801) 585-9378) between 11 - 12

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords: Reality Check!

"Most people with such injuries have some level of impairment for the rest of their lives."

How's that for honesty?

I just read an article about Gabrielle Giffords that, although still positive, was very realistic about the implications of living with a Traumatic Brain Injury. It seems like I've been reading a lot of things like, "she asked for toast this morning" or "she's so motivated, she'll be running around the hospital corridors in no time." While that might be true, something that we need to remember when thinking about her future is this: (from the article I read)

" . . . for the most part, brain injury patients will always have some degree of impairment, Grafman said.

That's not necessarily a recipe for misery; it just means people need to adjust, said Grafman, who has studied Vietnam veterans with brain injuries for 30 years.

"I'm always impressed ... at seeing how may of them have lived quite successful lives, having families and kids and working at jobs," he said. They "wind up living, in some sense, an ordinary life."

Click HERE to read the entire article