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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . Jonathan Swiatocha – TBI Survivor Training for Olympic Marathon

Jonathan Swiatocha – TBI Survivor Training for Olympic Marathon

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Newsboy thIn 2002, the vehicle Jonathan Swiotocha was driving was broadsided by a drunk driver. One of Jonathan’s injuries was a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which put him into a coma and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He maintains that his “greatest athletic achievement” was taking his first step. Now he is a marathon runner and is training for the 2020 Olympics.Swaitosha, Jonathan Survivor 092915 12071738_1188221344525066_1019010021_n Jonathan hopes to be the first TBI survivor to participate in the Olympics. He is bringing awareness to brain injury, and he is an inspiration to survivors. In addition to his rigorous training, Jonathan gave a TED Talk Thursday night, January 14, 2016. Jonathan’s SPEAK OUT! interview for this blog will be published shortly. (Video and story)

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Brain Injury Resources . . . . . . Amazing Potential of Stem Cells to Repair the Brain

Amazing Potential of Stem Cells to Repair the Brain

Brain th-2My NewsBits are often about advances in stem cell research (1, 2, 3, 4). There is good reason – the recent advances in our understanding of stem cells make them a key component in efforts to heal the brain. This video shows the potential of stem cell-based therapy.

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Dr. Siddharthan Chandran on TED Talk

For years, medical students have been taught incorrectly that the brain cannot repair itself. Recent exciting research on stem cells has definitely put that “dogma” to rest. In fact, the rapid pace of discoveries about the brain indicates that the future may be closer than you think. The brain actually does repair itself, just not enough. The repair the brain does do uses a natural reservoir of stem cells (pluripotent cells that have the potential to become any cell). Recent research has shown that we will be able add more stem cells to boost the natural repair of the brain and restore lost functions, even functions usually considered to be lost forever. In the video, Dr. Siddharthan Chandran hypothesizes that the added stem cells help repair the brain, not by acting themselves to do the repairs, but by activating more of the brain’s own stem cells.

 

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Brain Injury Resources . . . . . . . Comedienne – Stella Young on Disability – View From A Wheelchair

Comedienne Stella Young on Disability – View From A Wheelchair

 

tumblr_n6poil0O1s1r1tezoo3_500All TBI survivors have to live with one or more disabilities. Very often this leads to depression, in part because disabilities, whether visible or invisible, are considered by almost everyone to be limitations. Even the word “disability” has a negative connotation. Stella Young, who spends her life in a wheelchair, has an interesting perspective on disability that she speaks about in this TED Talk. She talks about “social disability,” in which disabled people are thought of as being limited. Society has imposed a major hurdle on disabled people by its own definition of them. Stella hopes for a society that doesn’t see disability as a “bad thing.” To be sure, disabilities often make daily life more difficult, but Stella wishes for a society in which disabled people can be seen as normal and can flourish. (Video)

 

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly: TED Interview

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When TED interviewer, Pat Richards, asked former Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords (who is recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a gunshot wound to her head), if she wanted the “old” Gabby Giffords back or whether she was embracing the “new” version of herself, Gabby emphatically said, “The New One! … Better! Stronger! Tougher!”

Listen to the interview – “Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.”

Gabby and Mark are working for a safer world. See Americans for Responsible Solutions.

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Brain Injury Resources . . . . . . . . . My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
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Jill Bolte-Taylor, Ph.D

 

There are several books published about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Of course there is Jill Bolte-Taylor’s book, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” which is amazing. It took Jill nearly eight years to regain her near-normal self after suffering a stroke. She has been a speaker about this subject for TED talks. Her talk, called How It Feels to Have a Stroke, is worth every second of the nearly twenty minutes. Dr. Taylor is a neuroanatomist, a scientist, who studies the nervous system of the brain. Her book will help you to understand the differences between the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere of your brain.

 

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