• June 29, 2015
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    Can the brain repair itself?

    BY: SOPHIA VOUMVAKIS When I suffered my traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2011, I believed that the cells in my brain which had been damaged were irreparable. But recent research suggests that the brain can repair itself, and that what was once […]

  • June 26, 2015
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    What my personal experience with concussion has taught me

    BY: KAROLINA URBAN Summer is here and with it comes the inevitable concern for safety and injury prevention. From organized sports such as soccer and rugby, to recreational activities such as wakeboarding, tubing, biking or your friendly match of volleyball, there is always a […]

  • June 19, 2015
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    Let me tell you the one about having a brain injury …

    BY: SABA RIZVI Most people don’t understand what a brain injury is or means, especially if the person doesn’t appear to have a disability. A brain injury is kind of like how older adults might experience memory loss, or other cognitive […]

  • June 15, 2015
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    ABI etiquette

    BY: CELIA M The challenges which affect persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) are not always visible. We may look exactly like you – we are stylish, and on really good days in quiet environments we can manage to stay focused. ABI is the […]

  • June 9, 2015
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    What does brain injury ‘awareness’ mean anyway?

    By: MARK KONING June is brain injury awareness month and the fact that a focus is being put on this acquired disability is wonderful! I think it is great to have a time frame where a lifelong injury, such […]

  • June 9, 2015
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    Why seniors are at risk of acquiring brain injury

    BY: RICHARD HASKELL It’s often been said that in life there are two things that are inevitable – death and taxes. Well, to that short list, I’d like to add “aging.” We can’t avoid getting older, and with any […]

  • May 29, 2015
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    May Community Meeting: Reading rehab + Advocacy and brain injury

    BIST had two speakers come to our May community meeting: BIST member and writer Shireen Jeejeebhoy discussed her experiences trying to re-gain her love of reading and Katie Muirhead, advocacy specialist at the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), spoke about advocacy. Reading […]

  • May 21, 2015
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    My TBI journey – from denial to acceptance

    BY: SOPHIA VOUMAKIS I’ve been thinking lately about the grieving process I went through after I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in May 2011. It was a long and difficult journey. Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross first introduced her […]

  • May 15, 2015
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    The importance of family in rehab

    BY: JODI HARENDORF A few months ago, my husband and I were invited to our youngest daughter’s high school for an academic award ceremony. As I sat with about 200 other family members waiting for our kids’ names to be called, I thought […]

  • May 12, 2015
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    An Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne re: proposed changes to no-fault accident benefits

    The BIST board of directors has written a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and MPP Eric Hoskins to express our opposition to the proposed changes to no-fault accident benefits as outlined in the Ontario budget. As described in the […]