Articles by Suzanne Tobin

July 16, 2020 | Suzanne Tobin

Blog: ABCs of Brain Injury: E is for Exercise

Brain injury recovery is twofold: there is physical exercise to strengthen your body and mental exercise to strengthen your mind.  At the beginning of my brain injury recovery, all I wanted was to relearn how to walk and keep my balance. Now that I’m seven years into my brain injury recovery, I dream of one […]

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May 20, 2020 | Suzanne Tobin

Blog ABCs of Brain Injury: R is for Routine

Before my brain injury, I thought routine was a bad thing. Routine was “phoning it in,” not caring, being subpar. Routine was BOR-ING, I thought. After my brain injury, fellow survivors told me having a routine would be crucial to a successful recovery. What I’ve realized five years out is that having a routine is […]

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March 28, 2019 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: L Is for ‘Love You Hard’

I met Abby Maslin when she was the closing keynote speaker at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland’s 2016 annual conference. Pregnant with her second child, she was writing a book, while helping her husband deal with traumatic brain injury after a vicious attack on Capitol Hill. The book, titled Love You Hard: A Memoir […]

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October 23, 2018 | Suzanne Tobin

ABCs of Brain Injury: G Is for Genetic Testing

Depression is a  fairly common occurrence among brain injury survivors. We are survivors because we have the inner strength to overcome many difficulties that life places in our path. Treating this particular type of depression is anything but routine.  There are unseen genetic factors that can affect one’s ability to respond to medication for depression. Four years after my correct […]

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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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