• April 10, 2015
    Community Meeting Round-Up: Eating healthy on a budget with Joanne Smith

    When Joanne Smith acquired her spinal cord and brain injury at the age of 19, after the initial recovery, she says she spent 10 years feeling “lousy.” On top of dealing with her injuries, additional challenges such as weight gain, fatigue, […]

  • March 27, 2015
    Is it the right time for a hidden disability symbol?

    BY: RICHARD HASKELL “You seem fine to me,” may be one of the worst things to say to a brain injury survivor – or anyone with a hidden disability – for that matter. This invisibility is one reason why Laura Brydges, […]

  • March 19, 2015
    One mom’s perspective: caring for a son with a brain injury

    BY: BARB KUSTEC I have been the main caregiver of my son, who suffered a catastrophic brain injury in an accident four years ago. The first thing that comes to mind about being the main caregiver for my son […]

  • March 17, 2015
    Nominate a BIST vollie for the Volunteer of the Year Award!

    Do you know a great BIST volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty – every time? Nominate them for the BIST Volunteer of the Year award! Eligibility: Actively involved in BIST (attends community meetings, committee meetings […]

  • March 12, 2015
    Women and TBI: What you need to know

    BY: ALISON Men are more likely to acquire a TBI than women, and are three-times more likely to die from a brain injury. Perhaps because of this, the media tends to pay more attention to men and brain injury […]

  • March 5, 2015
    Love in the time of brain injuries

    BY: BRITTANY CRYDER My story is not your usual love story. photo credit: Rachel Marks via Flickr     Relationships are hard under any circumstances, but what if one partner suffers from a brain injury? Now, what if they […]

  • February 26, 2015
    The Pinky and Sarah love story

    BY: JOHN STEVENS This is the story of how two BIST members – Pinky and Sarah – met  (spoiler alert: it was at a BIST community meeting) and found love.  PINKY AND SARAH PERFORM WITH THE BAND COUGAR BAIT AT […]

  • February 19, 2015
    The Mighty Pen

    BY: MARK KONING I am a writer who happens to have a brain injury. I am an ABI Survivor who is also a writer. I am both. Overall, I am a creative person, but my niche is writing. I […]

  • February 14, 2015
    St. Valentine’s is the patron saint of epilepsy

    BY: RICHARD HASKELL Let’s face it. The month of February doesn’t have a lot going for it. Yes, the days are getting longer, but the weather remains cold and there are still several weeks to go before there’s any hint of […]

  • February 12, 2015
    This Valentine’s Day – fall in love with YOURSELF

    BY: CELIA MISSIOS  After you’ve gone through a life changing event such as a brain injury, the person looking back at you in the mirror can be a stranger. The reflection may still look like you, but the mannerisms, the thinking and […]