My New Normal

October 15, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: H Is for Humility

As I mentioned in my last post, having the humility to recognize my deficits is essential to my progress. On Monday, I had the humility to visit my neuro-optometrist at the Vision and Conceptual Development Center for my annual checkup and ask for help again. For more information on this field, visit the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association website […]

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October 2, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: T is for Toolkit

Since my brain injury, I have had to develop a whole new set of tools to deal with my mixed emotions about losing my independence and accepting the losses that I have experienced as a result of my disabilities. This toolkit includes things like patience, humility, keeping an open mind to different therapies (including drug therapies), and letting go […]

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July 27, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: S Is for Setback

Brain injury recovery often follows a circuitous path; just like the board game, Life,  it has unexpected twists and turns. Brain injury recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, and, like the Boston Marathon, often features Heartbreak Hills of its own. To the brain injury survivor,  who is trying to stay positive and celebrate any […]

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July 13, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

The ABCs of Brain Injury: V Is for Voices in Brain Injury Recovery

Follow the winding path of my journey of brain injury recovery, an amazing and life-changing experience… In 2017, I attended the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland for the second time. The closing keynote speaker was  Carole J Starr. A brain injury survivor, she talked about her new book, entitled To Root & To Rise: […]

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May 9, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: L Is for Life

So many of us are caught up in our jobs, our commute, and all the incidental errands and chores that take up our time. But after coming so close to death, I have a new perspective on what is important to me. And that’s life. The American Academy of Neurology has redesigned and changed the […]

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April 2, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: P is for Progress

Progress is progress, no matter how small.* Progress in brain injury comes in increments, and progress may be difficult to recognize day-to-day. Progress must be celebrated, because brain injury recovery is measured in years, not days or months. This month, I  attended the 30th annual Brain Injury Association of Maryland Annual Conference in Timonium, Md. […]

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March 6, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs for Brain Injury Survivors: C is for Comeback

The Stroke Comeback Center (SCC) is opening a second location at 55 West Edmonston Drive in Rockville on the corner of Rockville Pike on March 12. They welcome not only stroke survivors, but brain injury survivors as well. Save the date! There will be an open house at the Stroke Comeback Center on Thursday, April 26. I […]

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February 12, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

The ABCs for Brain Injury Survivors: G is for Gratitude

One thing I have done  since the beginning of my recovery from my brain injury is be grateful for any small step I can make to improve myself physically, mentally or spiritually. My first gratitude lists consisted of any small step I made in my physical progress. For example, as the experimental medication began to […]

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January 29, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

The ABCs for Brain Injury Survivors: A is for Attitude

Last week I introduced myself to you in my debut post about my brain injury.  I told you about how “Living in Montgomery County Saved My Life.” OK, so I survived. Now what? If you are familiar with the five stages of grief as defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in “On Death and Dying” (1969), I […]

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January 17, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

Living in Montgomery County Saved My Life

Allow me to introduce myself: I am a brain injury survivor and a medical miracle. If I had lived any place other than Montgomery County, I’m not sure I would have made it to my 60th birthday. I barely made it to the correct diagnosis, just under the six-month time frame before the rare viral […]

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