For those of you who have children, you no doubt wonder, as I did, how they are faring living with a parent with an ABI. Ours is a unique situation as our now teenage son doesn’t know his dad any other way than with the ABI. It’s a mixed blessing, I’m sure. He didn’t know how dad struggled with him as a child, knowing that his child’s brain and body was often quicker than his own would allow. Our son is thoughtful, conscientious, and aware of everything. Always has been. And that’s a tough match for the parent who isn’t so quick and sure […]
Navigating Your Recovery Journey
Part 1: ICBC Accident Benefits Coverage
What is this video about?
The BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) has created a series of short videos (6-11 minutes each) that highlight scenarios that we think are important for individuals and families to have information about, as they navigate ICBC’s Accident Benefit Coverage system.
When ICBC introduced changes to its Accident Benefits Coverage in April, 2019, we knew that many people would have questions, particularly if they had suffered a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. We started out by creating a series of blog posts intended to help provide information to our stakeholders […]
Behind every brain injury diagnosis is a real person. We are pleased to share The Faces of Brain Injury, a series of digital posters sharing a brief snapshot into the lives of brain injury survivors.
While the journey of rehabilitation can be challenging, the individuals in our posters demonstrate through their photos and quotes, that the essence of who they are remains intact.
Join us in celebrating […]
Research Study: The Experiences of Self-Identity, Self-Awareness, and Occupational Engagement in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Julia Schmidt, PhD, BSC (OT) is the Principal Investigator of a new research study on the experiences of self-identity, self-awareness, and occupational engagement in individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Are you interested in sharing your experiences of life after traumatic brain injury? If so, your involvement includes completing five questionnaires and an intereview. Click here to view a larger image.
The questionnaires will take approximately 45 minutes and will ask you about:
- demographic data (example: age)
- issues related to your injury
- how you perceive yourself
- your abilities
- your daily activities
The interview will take approximately 40 to 60 minutes and will ask you about:
- your injury
- how you perceive yourself
- your […]
Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors – (Part 6 of 6)
This is the sixth post in Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors. If you missed the beginning of Tony’s Journey, click here to read it.
It’s been eleven years since Tony’s first stroke. In that time, he’s had his share of ups and downs–and learned some pretty big life lessons. “It’s all part of the process,” Tony says. In his view, recovery is a continuous, lifelong journey.
Throughout Between The Lines, Tony has shared his experiences and […]
Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors – (Part 5 of 6)
This is the fifth post in Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors. If you missed the beginning of Tony’s Journey, click here to read it.
Before his first stroke, Tony was a busy guy. As a husband and father of two, Tony spent his days driving his kids to sports practice, cooking for the family, and in general being a pretty involved family man–on top of working a fast-paced full-time job.
When the stroke happened, all of that came to a […]
Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors – (Part 4 of 6)
This is the fourth post in Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors. If you missed the beginning of Tony’s Journey, click here to read it.
After an intensive week in the hospital, Tony returned home to continue his recovery. It was frustrating, grappling with his new reality; he was limited physically, so he couldn’t do many […]
Tony’s Journey: Introduction (Part 1 of 6)
Here’s the thing about acquired brain injuries: everyone’s experience is different. For some, recovery might be fairly quick, and for others, it might be a lifelong process. That’s why we created Between the Lines–to give brain injury survivors a platform to share their unique story.
In this series, brain injury survivor Tony Mok shares his experience with an acquired brain injury, and all that he’s learned from the recovery process. But first, let’s paint a picture of him for you: Tony is a congenial, loving husband […]
A little compassion and kindness go a long way in life. This is especially true with brain injury. The aftermath of brain injury impacts everyone. It affects the individual in significant ways. It brings change to a family on many levels, and it has extraordinary consequences for the spouse or partner.
Brain injury shrouds the entire family with a cloak of uncertainty and aloneness. Everyone is met with the challenge of rebuilding life, often from ground zero. This is incredibly difficult when the outside world’s perception is “you look like the same family, so behave like the same family.” It takes courage, resiliency, stick-to-itiveness, and most of all, self-compassion to keep putting one […]
Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors – (Part 3 of 6)
This is the third post in Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors. If you missed the beginning of Tony’s Journey, click here to read it.
In 2009, Tony Mok had his first stroke. Luckily, his wife recognized the signs, called 911, and he was rushed to hospital for medical treatment.
But let’s back up for a second: why was it so important for Tony to get to the hospital as soon as possible?
Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors – (Part 2 of 6)
This is the second post in Between the Lines: Stories of Brain Injury Survivors. If you missed the beginning of Tony’s Journey, click here to read it.
Every year, there are over 62,000 new strokes in Canada. And every year, 14,000 Canadians die from stroke. Tony is one of the survivors–and it’s thanks to his wife, Ann-Marie, for taking action.
One Friday night in 2009, Tony and his wife were going through their regular routine, chatting with each other while getting ready for bed. […]
Time to Talk Traumatic Brain injury is a podcast created by survivors of brain injury. It is dedicated to traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors who are doing their best to live a healthy and productive life post injury. In this podcast you will hear from survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and others!
Several of the Time to Talk Traumatic Brain Injury podcasts are currently and will continue to feature interviews with doctors and physiotherapists working in the field of brain injury, as well as others in the medical field including occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other rehabilitation experts. Most importantly, the voices of actual survivors will talk about how they […]
What is a concussion?
Concussion, a form of traumatic brain injury, is the most common type of brain injury. Concussions are caused by a direct blow or jolt to the head, face or neck. Most well known for taking place in sporting activities, concussions can take many forms and happen for a variety of reasons, such as falls, crashes, assaults, motor vehicle accidents etc. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion as soon as possible. Taking the right precautions to heal from a brain injury is key to the success of one’s recovery. Often described as ‘mild […]
Jeff Palmer was affected by a stroke at age 37. As a husband, father of two boys, working a job he loved and coaching baseball for his kids, the impacts the stroke had on his life were numerous. Three years after the stroke, Jeff is still adjusting to physical mobility challenges, working on regaining verbal communication, nourishing his personal relationships and trying to keep his spirits up. The Palmers have experienced a challenging road with all the changes but they are committed to working through Jeff’s stroke recovery together. Thanks to programs like Hope After Stroke offered by Langley Community Support Groups Society, Jeff continues to improve his mobility with group physical exercise and activities. He […]