• March 15, 2016
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    Coming back to BIST’s peer support program

    BY: MARK KONING I recently went through a re-training session to once again become a mentor in BIST’s peer support program. It felt good, returning to a cause that is both helpful and important. After a two-year stint as a peer mentor, I needed a break. […]

  • March 2, 2016
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    Boosting our energy at the February community meeting

    February’s community meeting featured guest speaker, naturopathic doctor Dr. Anne Hussain, ND who gave a talk about using natural methods to boost our energy and get better sleep. Before Dr. Hussain’s talk, BIST member and author Shireen Jeejeebhoy spoke about updating her […]

  • March 2, 2016
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    Boosting our energy post-ABI

    February’s community meeting featured guest speaker, naturopathic doctor Dr. Anne Hussain, ND who gave a talk about using natural methods to boost our energy and get better sleep. Before Dr. Hussain’s talk, BIST member and author Shireen Jeejeebhoy spoke about updating her […]

  • February 22, 2016
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    How to be a good friend to a brain injury survivor

    BY: ALISON During my recovery process, I distanced myself from friends, avoided social situations, and became quite isolated. Every time I heard an insensitive comment (albeit without any malicious intent) or felt pressure to meet an unrealistic expectation, I […]

  • February 22, 2016
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    6 ways to support an ABI survivor

    BY: ALISON During my recovery process, I distanced myself from friends, avoided social situations, and became quite isolated. Every time I heard an insensitive comment (albeit without any malicious intent) or felt pressure to meet an unrealistic expectation, I […]

  • February 13, 2016
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    Your Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist

    BY: RICHARD HASKELL Just as Christmas cards seem to appear every year the day after Halloween, doesn’t it seem that we’re barely into January when retailers begin stocking heart-shaped chocolates and miniature teddy bears amidst a sea of red […]

  • February 13, 2016
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    Your Anti-Valentine’s Day Playlist

    BY: RICHARD HASKELL Just as Christmas cards seem to appear every year the day after Halloween, doesn’t it seem that we’re barely into January when retailers begin stocking heart-shaped chocolates and miniature teddy bears amidst a sea of red […]

  • February 11, 2016
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    Does ABI = anti-romance?

    BY: MARK KONING As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is (supposedly) in the air, but what does that mean to a brain injury survivor? Personally, I’m not a Cupid fan favourite. Are my feelings brain injury related? I don’t know. The thought of recognizing […]

  • February 11, 2016
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    The headache and heartache of romance

    BY: MARK KONING As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is (supposedly) in the air, but what does that mean to a brain injury survivor? Personally, I’m not a Cupid fan favourite. Are my feelings brain injury related? I don’t know. PHOTO: ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY The […]

  • February 4, 2016
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    BIST members get creative!

    BIST members expressed their creativity in a big way at our January community meeting, where clinical social worker Lynne Harford, MSW, RSW showed us the benefits of art therapy post-brain injury. Lynne shared that she works with many clients who have brain […]

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