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  • Injured brain as well
    June 02, 2011 - 12:17

    Hi I had a brain injury as well and one of the best sites that I found online was by Dr. Glen Johnson, I would recommend anyone with a head injury to look up the listed site...... http://www.tbiguide.com, most of what I could find other was was directed towards the family of someone with the injury who was in a coma.

  • Melissa Wild
    April 29, 2011 - 18:38

    I am the manager for a brain injury awareness and fundraising event called A Run To Remember where David McGuire has set out to run a marathon a day across Canada to create a movement and change the face of brain injury in our country. We started this journey in St. John's, NL on March 31, 2011 and are now approaching Port-aux-Basques. Since departing St. John's we have had the opportunity to speak with so many people who have been touched by brain injury, either themselves or those close to them. Each time we hear another story it reaffirms to us why we are going across Canada to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause...brain injury is everywhere and the effects are felt not only by the person but all of those around them. Of all types of injury - brain injury is the most likely to result in permanent disability and death. Acquired brain injury has become recognized throughout the world as a problem of epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, due to the cognitive nature of the disability it has become known as the Silent Epidemic. Brain injury results in a complex variety of physical, cognitive and behavioural problems. Unless significant physical injuries occur it is often misdiagnosed or missed completely. Cognitive difficulties are not always obvious, but have devastating consequences. Brain injury is an issue of enormous proportions with devastating social and economic consequences. In the majority, this is a condition of the young. The highest incidence group are just starting careers and / or families and do not possess significant resources to fall back on when injured. The cost in health care, lost wages, increased reliance on social welfare, justice costs and the devastating impact on families are nearly incalculable. If we prevent just one serious brain injury each year, over the lifetime of the first injury prevented, we realize a support care cost savings of over $90 million dollars. Prevention of brain injury is one of the most cost effective strategies to save health, social service and criminal justice resources. The goal of A Run To Remember is to bring brain injury to the public stage and create a movement in Canada. No longer a silent epidemic - we aim to: increase funding/services for those living with injury, increase public awareness and promote injury prevention for all. Please spread the word and support David McGuire in his journey across Canada and become a part of the movement. Visit the website www.runtoremember.com or join us on our social networking sites: facebook.com/r2rcanada twitter.com/r2rcanada youtube.com/r2rcanada flickr.com/r2rcanada Inspire Change... Melissa Wild Run Manager, A Run To Remember runwild@braintrustcanada.com 778-821-0395 www.runtoremember.com

  • reginald
    April 16, 2011 - 17:35

    I was injured in a commerical accident in alberta a year ago and my life changed for ever so many things going on in my head.right now i am in a program inthe miller center did not know a old lot on brain injury kind of though it would get better in a few weeks and i would be as good as new but that is not the case.i have so many flashs and rushes going on in my head there is no way for me to explain it i am just learning now to what it is all about.......

  • Linda
    April 15, 2011 - 21:16

    Excellent series. Very informative.

  • heather
    April 15, 2011 - 15:56

    for people who work in health care, one of the most frustrating aspects of the media following motor vehicle accidents or other trauma events is when the people involved are described as having non-life threatening injuries. many of these non-life threatening injuries include significant brain injuries which alters the person's ability to walk, talk, eat and in general function as they did previously. more coverage of these consequences of accidents is needed to help increase awareness.

  • c
    April 15, 2011 - 12:23

    Sorry, that's concuSSion and not the samE. (laughing) See, I told you my eyesight hasn't been the same.

  • Concerned
    April 15, 2011 - 12:12

    I could appreciate these articles if all the cited medical information was not coming from only one doctor. With particular notice to the Autism article, I believe it is an irresponsible claim to say ASD is a brain injury, this is not something commonly supported by professionals who work in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, myself included.

    • Victoria
      April 15, 2011 - 16:13

      To Concerned, I can see how it could be a controversial theory, but the article clearly states it's his opinion (and also the opinion of the former head of the autism society, actually). Do some research online and you can see that this doctor has done many autism studies and has 25 years of university and is a graduate of Yale. The stories also say he is the province's only neuropsychiatrist. How much more credible can you get?!! Why would you feel his educated, qualified theory is irresponsible? He's obviously having success with his treatment or he wouldn't have such a long wait list. I found these articles very informative and interesting.

    • Heather
      April 16, 2011 - 07:07

      To "Concerned": The medical information in this article may be from one doctor, but he does have many years of experience and was trained by the leading neuropsychiatrists in the field at Yale and Dartmouth Universities. As for him being irresponsible for claiming that ASD is a brain injury, he is only making an observation based on many many years of experience which have demonstrated that every autism patient he's seen has had some type of brain injury in their past, often around the period of birth. This is exacerbated by the fact that these autistic individuals often have tendencies to bang their head against a hard object, often a wall, leading to many more repeated insults to the brain. If you'd like to discuss further, don't hesitate to email me at npanl_research@live.ca. Thanks for your views and have a great day! :)

  • c
    April 15, 2011 - 11:53

    I have learned so much from this series. I've had three migraines in less than a week and since a concueeion three years ago, I've always said that my eyesight has never been the sam. Does this doctor hold any clinics on the west coast? I would love to have him assess me and my situation. Anyway all this information had been more than interesting to say the least. I hope somewhere in the future there is another one.

    • Heather
      April 16, 2011 - 07:00

      To "C": No, unfortunately, this doctor is not holding any clinics on the west coast at the current time. Have you considered getting your family doctor to submit a referral to Dr. Mirolo? By the time you actually work your way up the waiting list, you never know what type of setting he might have in place. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me: npanl_research@live.ca.

  • Elizabeth
    April 15, 2011 - 09:41

    Very good 6 part topic on brain injury.It helps with understanding what brain injury is and educating the public about itI tshould be the begging of something better to come.

  • Judith Day
    April 15, 2011 - 08:45

    These articles have done a great public service and It should be only the beginning of what has to come. People have to be treated as people first, not as a label. What is a psychiatric patient? Why is "psychiatric patient" written on an emergency record as the first piece of information when a consumer of psychiatric services goes to emergency with chest pain and palpitations, only to have fingers pointed at her and be threatened with forced medications, when she knows it may be the medications that have caused the chest pain and palpitations in the first place. A consumer of psychiatric services deserves better treatment than that.