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Archive for June 3, 2015

SPEAK OUT! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

SPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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Donna O’Donnell Figurski

Itty-Bitty GIant Steps for BlogSPEAK OUT! Itty-Bitty Giant Steps will provide a venue for brain-injury survivors and caregivers to shout out their accomplishments of the week.

If you have an Itty-Bitty Giant Step and you would like to share it, just send an email to me at neelyf@aol.com.

If you are on Facebook, you can simply send a Private Message to me. It need only be a sentence or two. I’ll gather the accomplishments and post them with your name on my blog approximately once a week. (If you do not want your last name to be posted, please tell me in your email or Private Message.)

I hope we have millions of Itty-Bitty Giant Steps.

Here are this week’s Itty-Bitty GIANT Steps

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Michelle Lawson (survivor)…I just found out that I now have enough credits to substitute-teach. Woo Hoo! (I am so done with cafeteria work! Only two more days left.)

grad_6_28Hayley Nichols (survivor)…Hello! I wanted to let you know that I graduated this semester. After having my traumatic brain injury occur in November, I returned to school for my final semester. I had to finish my fall and spring classes at the same time. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Chemistry. I want you to know that a Facebook support-group helped me stay focused on my goals. I’m so happy to be done!

Cindy McFaden Samartino (caregiver)…I love the happiness when my salad_fullhusband is pleased with something he made in the kitchen. His TBI stole both his careers: chef and Marine. Tonight he created a veggie bean salad from his imagination. I just heard him hum to himself.

thTimothy Vanderhoef (survivor)…I had a great weekend. I fished most of the time, and I wasn’t around others much. I didn’t have to fake anything that way.

YOU did it!

Congratulations to all contributors!

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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . . . Domestic Violence in Women May Result in Brain Injury

Domestic Violence in Women May Result in Brain Injury

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Estimate: Every year, domestic violence gives 20 million women a TBI

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Maria Garay, CEO Sojourner Center Phoenix, Az

Newsboy thThe news media have made people aware of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in soldiers returning from war and in sports, especially football. But, no one has been tracking TBIs in domestic violence cases. Maria Garay, CEO of the Sojourner Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which is responsible for a new program to identify TBIs in victims of domestic violence, said of the failure to identify TBIs in abuse cases, “The fact that no one is tracking this is, to me, a crime.”

The number of victims of domestic violence with a TBI will dwarf military and sports-related TBIs combined. One estimate says 20 million abused women a year in the US will get a TBI. The Sojourner Center is initiating a program to identify TBIs in women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

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Sojourner Center Phoenix, Az

One issue is that shelters do not routinely test for a TBI, so one objective is to develop tools that allow shelter workers to routinely screen for TBIs. Another objective is to provide every victim who has a TBI with a treatment plan. Soldiers and athletes are often directed to a rehab center. Victims of domestic abuse with a TBI are not currently helped. The TBI may actually make it more difficult for a woman to leave because it may be difficult to find a job. Kim Gandy, president of the National Network To End Domestic Violence, warns that women who are known to have a TBI may be at a disadvantage in child custody cases. But, Kerri Walker, a coordinator for a women’s shelter and herself a victim of domestic violence said, “The one thing that abusers tell us over and over is that we are stupid. The relief factor for so many women is going to be unmeasurable.” (Full story)stop-domestic-violence

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