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Paddling Their Way to Recovery

I knew paddling could be fun, adventurous, and a useful tool for physical balance and team building. However, I never thought about paddling as therapeutic . . . until I watched the following video. Excerpt of Article Written by John Hollis | Belvoir Eagle Staff Sgt. Adam Drobecker, Warrior Transition Battalion, has endured his share of challenges since suffering a traumatic …Continue reading →

Love Conquers All

Inspired by article written by Sue Thomas for MLive News Today, many people meet online or at work, but their love took root in a surprising place — a program for people with brain injury. The bride used her wheelchair to meet her groom at the end of the aisle. In front of a crowd of 150 family members and …Continue reading →

Developing a Memory Prosthesis

Excerpt of Article by Kim Irwin | UCLA As part of a major federal initiative, UCLA has been awarded $15M to create a wireless, implantable device that could restore memory to millions. UCLA has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to spearhead an innovative project aimed at developing a wireless, implantable brain device that could help …Continue reading →

Recovering Language Skills

I decided to share the June press release, even though I have not used this tool, because I believe the product could provide a much needed service to some of the people who read my posts. The product is designed to help stroke or brain injured survivors overcome their language challenges. If you use the product, please share your thoughts so others can …Continue reading →

Creating Art: Mariam Paré

Video Excerpt of Article by Hosea Sanders | ABC7 News NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A woman in Illinois is not letting hand paralysis stop her dreams of being a painter. Imagine all your life you’ve dreamed of being a painter. Then, suddenly, you lose the use of your hands. That is exactly what happened to Mariam Paré, a young suburban woman. …Continue reading →

Courage to Come Back Awards: Michael Coss

When I write a post, I usually have an idea what type of story I want to share. However, this time was different. At first, I thought this would be a post about therapy — physical, cognitive, or hyperbaric. Then, I thought it might be better categorized as a story about recovery from brain injury or adversity. I finally decided …Continue reading →

10 Years After the Crash

Excerpt of Article written by Kelly Lyell | The Coloradoan Andy Klussmann lost his wife, his career, his athletic ability and — for a short time — much of his mental capacity in a car crash 10 years ago. A driver, whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit an hour after the crash, ran a red …Continue reading →

Teenage Cognitive Performance Years After Injury

According to Medical News Today, “Traumatic brain injuries from sports, recreational activities, falls or car accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. While previously it was believed that the window for brain recovery was at most one year after injury, research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published …Continue reading →

Rescuing Johann Westhauser

Years prior to my diagnosis, I worked as a purchasing manager and volunteered with a  cave/cliff rescue team. I was not the fastest climber on the team or the team member with the most experience, but I enjoyed helping how I could. Thankfully, my employer allowed me to leave immediately whenever a cave rescue was required. Although the story is several months …Continue reading →

Memory Implants

One of the more haunting aspects of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film “Bladerunner” is its treatment of memory. Key characters have had their memories implanted, so that they don’t know whether what they recall of their past is genuine or a manipulated artifact. I’m thinking about this because a recent effort from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) brings up …Continue reading →

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Hi, I'm Scott. When I was diagnosed with brain cancer, my first thought was the diagnosis is wrong. I quickly learned the diagnosis was right – my brain and I needed help immediately.

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