Survivor Series blog


13 Keys to Re-empowerment During the Pandemic

Getting Hit, Getting Up, Moving Beyond and Making a Difference Graphic recording  To describe the year 2020 as vexing, exasperating and terrifying is an understatement as the coronavirus pandemic remains a deadly cloud over our everyday lives. Add in a traumatic brain injury and the anxiety can be unbearable at times. However, Joanne Cohen, vice […]

Neuroplasticity Key to Many New Therapies

Healthcare Panel Reveals Unique Ways to Recover from TBI BIHF Vice President Joanne Cohen, standing left, greets the February 2020 Treatment Panel participants: Nancy Bonifer, standing left to right, Candi Boyd, Dr. Eric Spier, Dr. Jeff McWhorter, seated left, and Dr. Shane Steadman. Working with “non-traditional” doctors while recovering from a brain injury has helped […]

TBI Survivors Reveal Their Successes

BIHF vice president Joanne Cohen, back, welcomes Jeffrey Therrian and Dr. JoAnne Silver Jones to the January 2020 Survivor Series Luncheon. Six brain injury survivors revealed their tips to thriving after a TBI to kick off the 2020 series of the Brain Injury Hope Foundation’s Survivor Series Luncheons on January 10 at the West Metro […]

The Benefits of Counseling After a Brain Injury

While most survivors of a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) keep a laser-like focus on the physical  healing of the brain, one aspect of the therapeutic process is often an afterthought and usually  forgotten and overlooked. That important aspect is a person’s psychological and emotional well-being. To help survivors and their families understand the importance […]

A Path to a Paycheck After a TBI

So much of “who we are” is linked to our employment. I’m an electrician, a fireman, an accountant, an attorney, a teacher. Yes, we all have a deep attachment to our occupation. So after a mild traumatic brain injury, a part of our “identity and purpose in life” gets a jolt of the new reality […]

Denver Filmmakers Spotlight TBIs and Medical Cannabis

Takeda, Allred relate their experiences after traumatic brain injuries After actor Scott Takeda suffered numerous concussions and remained stagnant in his recovery until he found medical cannabis to alleviate symptoms, he then found himself facing the stigma and shame of turning to medical marijuana along with being a mTBI survivor.  “I was at a family […]

Cohen writes Book to Help TBI Survivors

Joanne Cohen is a board member of the Brian Injury Hope Foundation and a survivor of numerous brain injuries. The June 2019 Survivor Series was possible through a full grant donation from her family:   Dr. Steve and Debbie Cohen A different vibe filled the air at the Survivor Series Luncheon on June 14, 2019, at […]

Providers Offer Innovations in mTBI Care

May 2019 Treatment Panel Emphasizes Brain’s Ability to Heal The Brain Injury Hope Foundation does not endorse any healthcare providers. The goal with the Treatment Panel is to provide information to TBI survivors and their families and caregivers so they can research methods best suited for their recovery. Do you feel as if you are […]

Navigating the Benefits System after a Brain Injury

PERA, ERISA, SGA, SSDI vs. SSI, LTD vs. STD! It’s an alphabet soup when it comes to applying for benefits after an injury, and it’s especially puzzling negotiating the system when a head injury is involved. The Brain Injury Hope Foundation presented a panel of professionals who work with the “system” to help guide traumatic […]

TBI Survivors Overcome Obstacles to Create a Better Life

Striving to instill hope into the lives of survivors of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), acquired brain injuries (ABI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is one of the main goals of the Brain Injury Hope Foundation’s grant-funded monthly Survivor Series. The March 8, 2019, luncheon, featuring a panel of survivors, turned into a powerful, raw […]

Intimate and Sexual Relationships after Traumatic Brain Injury

Demystifying Relationships, Communication, and Intimacy after a Brain Injury with Dr. Ricardo Esparza and Dr. Mary Ann Keatley Relationships with our spouses or significant others are often described as intimate. However, these connections can also refer to interactions with your parents, siblings, caregivers, friends, and coworkers. Intimate relationships differ from acquaintances in that they are […]

Finding Employment After a TBI

Our jobs are a part of our identity. When we meet someone new the first questions often are: What do you do? And where do you work? After a head injury, staying on your job or gaining substantial employment can be difficult. Unemployment or under-employment not only affects our bank accounts it affects our well-being. […]