• May 5, 2020
    Things could be slower

    BY: MARK KONING Since I acquired my brain injury from a viral infection as a child, saying that life is challenging is an understatement: Public school. High school. Employment. Relationships. Friends and family. Self-awareness. Understanding. Yeah, even that last one. The ups and downs […]

  • April 23, 2020
    How to be a quarantine queen

    We are THRILLED to introduce our new writer, Hilary Pearson, who will be writing re-caps about our Community Meetings. Thank you to Julia Renaud for writing incredible re-caps for over 2 years – we’ll miss you and we wish […]

  • April 14, 2020
    BIST Online Yoga

    BY: SHANNON SCHILLING The mindful journey in Yoga practice begins with accepting the everyday challenges as advantages accompanying growth. On the evening of Monday, April 13, 2020, amid isolating and distancing, BIST members came together for an online Yoga […]

  • April 9, 2020
    Concussions: HELLISH snowflakes

    BY: LOGAN JUNG-RITCHIE Hello everyone, my name is Logan and I live and work here in Toronto with my wife Renée. I have recently become a member of BIST in hopes to connect with others that have gone through […]

  • April 7, 2020
    Stress intensifies the situation

     BY: SHANNON SCHILLING Everyone has felt stress. There is good stress, like being excited about an event, preparing for it, blocking off the time, asking questions. Then there is negativity in worry. Your heart is still palpitating, mind racing, yet your […]

  • March 27, 2020
    Fraud & COVID-19

    BY: JULIA RENAUD Scammers flourish during times of crisis, and sadly the COVID-19 Outbreak is no exception. People living with dementia and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) may have slowed information processing abilities and other cognitive symptoms. This means that people […]

  • March 12, 2020
    An unconventional love story

    BY: ALISON Dating is a nightmare. Dating after a brain injury is even scarier. Which is why I feel so happy and hopeful whenever I hear of people finding love after a traumatic injury. So, I convinced my normally […]

  • March 5, 2020
    Music therapy & brain injury

    BY: KRISTA TOLOMIZENKO For many people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), rehab or therapy is a necessary regimen to regain basic skills such as walking and speaking. Few people, however, realize therapy doesn’t always need to be full of weights, exercise […]

  • January 9, 2020
    Papaya avocado salad

    BY: CHEF JANET CRAIG We know that tropical weather is far from the reality in our part of the world right now, but it is possible to find ripe tropical fruits such as papaya and mango in the stores. […]

  • January 6, 2020
    Indoor rock climbing for all

    BY: ALISON  Having a disability just means that you do things differently, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from engaging in physical activities. Thanks to Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society, people with different abilities can now safely rock climb […]