The Global Brain Injury Peer Support Network serves individuals within the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South America.
Through my now 53 years of living with the impact of a brain injury and an invisible disability I have come to realize that brain injury recovery needs to involve the whole person, not just the brain injury. The survivors mind, body, spirit, soul and emotions.
On February 6, 2007, a little over 14 years ago, I created Second Chance to Live to offer and share what has helped and continues to help me to heal. Heal in my ongoing brain injury recovery process, one day and a little at a time.
My traumatic brain injury occurred due to an open and depressed skull fracture in a motor vehicle accident in 1967 when I was 10 years old. Although I was not expected to succeed academically beyond high school, I obtained my undergraduate degree in 10 years. I then went on to obtain my graduate degree in 3 1/2 years — Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky in December 1990. I have been in my own ongoing brain injury recovery process for the past 33 years.
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After sustaining a brain injury, our lives change forever. Among these changes is the way that we relate to other people and ourselves.
Over the course of the past 53 years, living with the impact of a brain injury and an invisible disability I have learned valuable lessons.
Below are links to resources, in which, I share these lessons. As you access these resources and questions come to mind, please ask.
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“Understanding the Impact of Invisible Disabilities — The People We Interact with as Individuals with Invisible Disabilities Part 1” Zoom Presentation
“Understanding the Impact of Invisible Disabilities — Acceptance and Discovering a New Normal Part 2” Zoom Presentation
“Understanding the Impact of Invisible Disabilities — Why do I Feel so Misunderstood and Shunned? Part 3” Zoom Presentation
Below is a list of articles and video presentation titles placed in different categories. Categories designed to encourage and empower individuals in their ongoing brain injury recovery.
By clicking on the titles, the article will open for you. As you read the article (s) and watch the video presentations and questions come to mind, please share them with me. If the articles and video presentations help you, please leave a comment. Please also share your insights with me.
As you have questions, please ask. All questions are good questions and welcomed.
In April of 2019, at the encouragement of a friend, I created a Facebook Community. Building Your Life after Traumatic Brain Injury Facebook Community. You are welcome and encouraged to join our inviting community.
Below are my 12 e Books in PDF form (click on the link to read)
Living with a Brain Injury, What Helped Me to Stop being my Enemy and Create a life for Myself eBook
To download each of the eBooks, you may click on each of the below links. They are free to download at this time.
Living with a Brain Injury, What Helped Me to Stop Being my Enemy and Create a Life for Myself eBook
How I Use the Principle of Neuroplasticity to Create new Neural Pathways and Brain Reorganization
Below are links to short video presentations showing the progression of how the concept of neuroplasticity through repetitive mirrored movements has benefited my mind, body and spirit.
I began my process of using repetitive mirrored movements through different martial art disciplines in October of 1998.
In August 2013 a friend of mine made a video presentation of the progress that I made using the principle of neuroplasticity. Other friends have helped me to make video presentations of my progress in each year since 2013. Below are links to YouTube presentations of the progress made using repetitive mirrored movements. To watch the progress made using the principle of neuroplasticity over the past 5 years, click on the below links.
Create Your Own Program
In the event that you have not begun, I would encourage you to create a program. Create a program that will empower you to create neural pathways and brain reorganization. Brain reorganization through repetitive mirrored movements on your dominant and non-dominant sides of your body. Brain reorganization to improve and enhance your quality of life and well-being.
Neuroplasticity through Martial Arts 2013
Neuroplasticity Demonstration August 2014
Brain Injury, Neuroplasticity and Personal Gains August 2015
Balance and Coordination through Repetitive Mirrored Movement 2016
Brain Injury Recovery and Repetitive Mirrored Movements 2017
Improving Our Brain and Body’s Ability to Excel after Brain Injury 2018
Below is a link to a power point presentation that I created and am available to present at coming conferences
You have my permission to share my articles and or video presentations with anyone you believe could benefit, however, I maintain ownership of the intellectual property AND my articles, video presentations and eBooks are not to be considered OPEN SOURCE. Please also provide a link back to Second Chance to Live. In the event that you have questions, please send those questions to me. All questions are good questions. I look forward to hearing from you. More Information: Copyright 2007 -2021.