The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin Inc.’s mission is to offer assistance and provide resources to people in Wisconsin who are living with the consequences of brain injury. This is accomplished through: Acting as an informal channel for distributing information and resources, Conducting ongoing educational opportunities, Facilitation of support groups, and Fostering prevention awareness. Our intention is to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that: Improves relationships and cooperation, Enhances team work, and Helps reduce the possibility for future conflicts through proper communication and education.
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“Don’t be concerned with the bridge you can’t cross, instead build upon the one which you are destined to!” Quote provided by Jay Baukin (Brain Injury Survivor)
The hospital stay is over and rehab is done or has slowed.
It is assumed that you can just start where you left off before the injury.
It may be years post-injury and things are changing. What now?
At some point, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe even you begin to realize thatsince the injury “daily living” takes on a whole new meaning. Not just for the brain injury survivor, not just for the parent or the spouse, not just for the friend or co-worker, but for everyone.
Community Support is paramount! It may take years for the person with a brain injury to find a new comfort zone and create a routine that suits their post-injury skills, abilities, and personality.
Make your home as safe, secure, organized, routine, and memory friendly as possible. Once an individual does begin to realize that they cannot relate as they once did, they will need reassurance that time and effort will bring improvement.
There are five stages of normal grief that the survivor may go through and emotions may be in turmoil for quite some time.
Denial is the first reaction to the loss of something.
It is often followed by anger which in most cases causes the most emotional pain.
Survivors may experience a grief known as bargaining where they try to make deals (sometimes of a spiritual nature) to gain back what was lost.
The most dangerous stage of grief and loss with the risk of suicide is depression.
Finally, acceptance can be realized and being at peace, finding joy in new lives, but still working to improve takes them on the path of emotional recovery.
Marriages can change after brain injury, friendships can fall apart, employer expectations may no longer be met, how you relate to your parents and how they relate to you may also have changed, how you feel, think, and react is not the same.
For example, a person diagnosed with anosognosia after brain injury is not aware of their own difficulties or the impression that they are making on others.
Life after brain injury can be like a scene from the movie “The Parent Trap.” You look like the same person, but you are not.
Cognitive changes may affect memory, judgment, reasoning, learning, processing speech and vision.
Physical changes may affect gait, vision, hearing, paralysis, swallowing, energy level, weakness, smell, taste, etc.
Behavioral and psychiatric changes may include mood swings, impulsivity, agitation, sadness, depression, anxiety, aggression, social inappropriateness; and epilepsy.
There tend to be numerous changes, making life very difficult and feelings of isolation often occur.
The topics, ideas, suggestions, and information listed throughout this website are being provided as a look into the life of a person after brain injury. It is important to remember that the person is as unique as the injury and life post-injury will be as well.
The “what now” works both ways; how does the family make it work and how does the survivor make it work.
That is where we come in - we are here to help!
You are invited to attend our monthlySupport Group Meetings.
Each meeting will feature a different Guest Speaker
and open with a special connection moment
Come join us and know that you are not alone!
Join us the first Tuesday of every month
Our Milwaukee County LOCATION for 2014:
MCFI -NexDay Campus
3333 South Howell Avenue (located between Ohio St. and Holt Av)