• May 21, 2020
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    ABI has prepped us for this

    BY: NATHALIN MOY To anyone who has had a concussion, I hope this reminder encourages you in these strange times: Having a concussion has prepared us for this pandemic. Staying at home, self-quarantine and self-isolation are not new concepts […]

  • May 19, 2020
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    Review: Cracked the Musical

    BY: HILARY PEARSON One thing about this pandemic, there has been no shortage of creativity taking place online. Shot with the entire cast socially isolating, the short musical,Cracked, is no exception. Vanessa is a high-achieving but emotionally distant woman who […]

  • May 14, 2020
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    Eerily relatable: ‘5 Feet Apart’

    BY: HILARY PEARSON One thing most of us have learnt during this pandemic: germs can spread as far as six feet when someone coughs or sneezes. They can land on surfaces, such as a doorknob, or in another person’s […]

  • May 5, 2020
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]

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