An avid photographer and advocate for Inclusion BC, Greta Cooper was on the path to retirement. As she planned for this next chapter, her life took a sideways turn in 2016 when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She suffered a serious concussion with persistent symptoms.
Aphasia is the impairment of language caused by a brain injury, affecting the production and comprehension of speech, as well as the ability to read or write. Founded by Columbia Speech & Language Services, the Surrey Aphasia Group is a program where adults living aphasia can practice their communication skills in a supported environment.
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.
Celebrated musician Simon Paradis overcame all odds recovering from a catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. He and his wife Kara share his remarkable story of his recovery, the growth of their marriage and the transformative power of music.
After a serious bike accident, Shelley Pacholok shares the struggles she faced recovering from a brain injury that ended her career as a university professor. She speaks about the crucial role peer support had in her recovery.
This video series showcases interviews with various brain injury survivors.
Stroke survivor Jim Sibley shares his story of recovery, speaks about the importance of persistence during the recovery process and emphasizes the integral role support groups and friend and family play in the lives of survivors.
Brain Injury survivor Marc Lippok shares his experience with recovery.
Brain injury survivor Andrea Hector Brown shares how her life was impacted by brain injury.
Leonard Regan describes how a car accident left him with a brain injury. He describes the needs of survivors, offers advice to their friends and family and speaks about how to evolve beyond your injury.
Stroke survivor John Baker shares his story of recovery. He speaks about accepting the new reality of his life after his stroke, talks about tough love, healing with humour and shares his ideas on how to evolve beyond brain injury.
Anh Ly shares her remarkable story of recovery from her brain injury, suffered as a result of drug addiction.
Brain injury survivor Hong Nguyen shares her story of life after brain injury. She emphasizes the importance of living in the moment and taking recovery day by day.
Gus Thorne offers a vivid portrayal of how a motorcycle accident left him blind and brain injured.
Brain injury survivor Susan Van Gurp shares the story of how her life was touched by brain injury, how she manages to cope with the impact of the injury in her daily life and she offers advice to fellow survivors.
Paul Tubby shares his experience of recovery from brain injury, speaking about some of the challenges he has faced, the importance of support from family and friends and offers advice to other survivors.
Encephalitis survivor Wendy Station speaks about her experience with brain injury. She stresses the importance of improving education around encephalitis and brain injury and shares stories of her recovery process.
Brain injury survivor Kalev Kasendi shares his experience of recovery.
Vancouver photographer Jon Pesochin shares his experience of recovering from a concussion. He speaks about how his brain injury impacted his professional and personal life and offers insights to other survivors.
Brain injury survivor Melanie Caple shares her experience. She speaks about the importance of education around the topic of brain injury, offers insights for family and friends, as well as advice for other survivors.