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Just What Is a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

Many people are surprised to learn that severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) affects families and friends across the United States. While there is significant attention paid to the incidents and accidents that lead to STBI, less focus is placed on understanding STBI and what it actually is. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken steps to better explain STBI through an article dedicated specifically to the condition. As the CDC explains, STBI is the cause of death for permanent injury for a number of people in the United States. In 2010, the time of the last census, the CDC...

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1969

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

Starry, starry night of blue and gray. Flaming flowers, stars ablaze. Faces lined in pain. Suffered with your sanity. They could not love you. No hope, as no one understood. This world was not meant for you. Nameless walls. Strangers you have met. What I tried to say through my insanity. They never listen.   Strangers I have met, no faces, blank stare. Round, round, down, down. The tin man spinning round, round, down, down. Catch me, catch me falling, falling, tropic of sir Galahad.   Soul lost. Power of love. Saved. Power of gold. Free, tell me you are.  ...

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About Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of acquired brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI is usually the result of when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.   Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.   Mild: A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or...

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Survivor Warrior: Lesley Leamy

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

In 2002, Lesley Leamy was a successful sales associate and store manager of a popular and high-end women’s clothing retainer in her local Texas mall. She was in her young twenties at the time, earning six-figures and living the dream. While working on a store display, Lesley was near the top of a 15-foot ladder when she fainted. She plummeted head first and hit the hard marble floor below. When she struck the ground, she fractured her skull, started convulsing and ultimately became unresponsive. She stopped breathing on the way to the hospital and began turning grey. Lesley awakened many...

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Sweet Lesley

Posted by Kathleen Newhouse on

I met you today, and in the process, I met me. In the midst of a collision, my brain made contact with colorful circles, spinning faster and faster. Together, wild-eyed, we can’t sit still within the confines of our skulls; we just can’t. We are always on the move, in constant, extreme, high mental awareness. Rapid flashes of color signals change within the senses, like the mental rollercoaster in time. It plays out as each wave passes, in its own unmanaged manner. Its free movement is a concert for the ones who listen. I held on as long as I...

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