The Devastation, Challenges and Empowerment of Change

By Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director, OBIA When a person sustains a brain injury, the changes that this brings to one’s life can be extremely devastating. For some, during the first few hours, days and even weeks following the injury they are battling for their very life. When this battle has been won, the long road of recovery and rehabilitation begins. For...

Ways To Overcome

by Annie Malipaard (Member of the Brain Injury Association of Chatham-Kent (BIACK)) I hope to encourage others who have been through an aquired brain injury. Brain injuries can be the result of a all, a motor vehicle accident, a stroke, a heart attack or instances of trauma or lack of oxygen to the brain. And yet, people still don’t wear proper protection and...

Terrance Brown – Breaking Down the Wall

By Jen Norquay, Editor OBIA Review It was the end of October when Dianne Radunsky and I sat down with Terrance Brown to talk to him about his life after brain injury. Terrance is no stranger to OBIA, having been a regular caller on the Support Line for over 10 years. These are the highlights of Terrance’s story. Having been asked to do a number of presentations...

Brain Injury and Addiction

By Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director, OBIA For many, the cool autumn weather is the prelude to one of the most marvellous times of the year—the holiday season. People become preoccupied with making to do lists, coordinating and attending various holiday parties, and arranging family dinners. This is all done in anticipation of sharing the holiday season with...

Brain Injuries Happen to Families

Perhaps it was a phone call that changed your life so dramatically. Although you didn’t know it then, many strangers would soon enter your life; most of them would be speaking “medicalese” and offering confusing and conflicting messages. One of the first things these strangers might have told you was that a person very close to you had sustained a head injury,...

A Story Unlike Any Other

I stood and fought! Will you? By Daniel Bax, Trauma Recovery Strategist Life brings you what you ask of it. Thoughts equal actions, actions equal outcome and outcomes equal your destination in life. What are you thinking? This is my personal account of that day in 2005 when I made a decision that would impact more people than I ever thought possible. I had a...