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Thank you to Dr. Lizzie McNally, owner of MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology, for being a local event sponsor for our #NOTINVISIBLE event at MidCoast, Maine.

Located in Brunswick, ME Dr. McNally specializes in working with patients who have post-TBI/concussion symptoms, vestibular disorders, and childhood developmental disorders.

As a doctoral student at Palmer College, she found Neurology to be of specific interest, so while attending to her education full time, she began additional studies in this specialized area with The Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.

She always knew she wanted to be a practitioner, however, there were a few significant personal experiences that guided her to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Neurologist. While growing up she suffered multiple concussions and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Type 3. These personal experiences provided her with the first-hand understanding from the perspective of a patient. They were significant influencing factors in her desire to further sub-specialize in post-concussion rehabilitation and developmental disorders. 

Dr. McNally explains that her clinic is completely patient-centered, “Everything on the clinical side, beginning with the new patient examination, is one-on-one with me. This allows for more dynamic patient care that is constantly evolving as the patient responds to treatment.” She typically sees patients for a high frequency of four days a week, over a two or three week period. However, each patient is unique, and some may require longer or shorter sessions.

Her message to patients everyone is: “I want to make sure all brain injury survivors know that their injuries are NOT invisible to providers that have the proper training and understanding of the complexities of the nervous system and its functions. Your injuries do not define you — with the right support and rehabilitation you CAN regain your health and life!”

Connect with Dr. McNally:
www.midcoastbrain.com
www.facebook.com/midcoastbrain
For more information call: 207.406.4874 or email: info@midcoastbrain.com

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For a limited time I am offering a care package that includes:
1 sticker
2 buttons
2 wrist bands
1 secret surprise (while they last)
Cost: $5 plus $1 US shipping
If you come to one of my live events you will receive a FREE button and wristband, however, I am receiving a lot of requests from folks who haven’t been able to attend an event … so here you go! Your wish is my command!!
(only US shipping available)
Proceeds from the care packages will go directly towards the #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign to purchase more supplies for the attendees!! Help us spread awareness by sporting a button and wrist band!
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Faces of TBI by Amy Zellmer - 1M ago

I invite YOU to be a part of my Book Club!!!

I have read SO many amazing books in the TBI realm — from fiction to memoirs to practical guides written by clinicians — and I want to share them with you and invite intelligent discussion around each book.

Each month I will announce the book we will be reading — and don’t worry if you have trouble reading — you will still be able to get a lot out of the group discussion!!

We will have a guided weekly discussion in a closed FB group specifically about the book/author and how it relates to your own situation.

At the end of each month, we will have a FB Live interview with the AUTHOR (I am super excited about this!!) where you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like answered!

Everyone is welcome to join: survivors, caregivers, providers, or anyone interested in learning more about TBI!!

All you have to do is sign up with the form below!!

Happy Reading!!!

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Thank you to Dr. David Clark, owner of Triangle TBI Concussion Center, for being a local event sponsor for #NOTINVISIBLE at Raleigh, NC.

Located in Durham, NC, Dr. Clark is board certified in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation (FABBIR) as well as a board certified Functional Neurologist. He is also an assistant profession of Clinical Neuroscience and Clinical Neurochemistry and Nutrition.

He specializes in treating both the metabolic malfunctions and circuit malfunctions caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). “What makes me different is the attention to BOTH the metabolic factors AND the neurological circuit malfunctions in TBI. When I do brain-based rehab for my TBI patients, I use a neuroplasticity approach — frequent visits over a short period of time (typically 4-5 days) for maximum results,” stated Dr. Clark.

He also added, “You are not alone and you don’t have to ‘live with it’, however, at this point you can’t get better by yourself”

When I asked Dr. Clark what brought him to working with brain injury patients, he answered, “My mother bought a set of World Book Encyclopedias when I was seven. After that, I was hooked on understanding the how’s and why’s of everything. This thread carried all the way through my education degree, my Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Neurology, and Functional Neurology training. But it wasn’t until Dr. Ted Carrick made me aware that a huge number of people with brain injuries were NOT getting the help that they needed that I grasped how big of a problem brain injuries are. I wanted to help these patients get better.”

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit: www.TriangleTBIConcussionDoctor.com

Follow Dr. Clark on Instagram and Twitter: @drdavidclark

and on Facebook @triangletbiconcussion

Check out his informative videos on Youtube: www.youtube.com/TriangleTBIConcussionCenter

Again, thank you Dr. Clark for your support of the #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign — this project is not possible without supporters like yourself!

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Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Chung, owner of Keystone Chiropractic, for being a local event sponsor for #NOTINVISIBLE at my Delray Beach, Florida event.

Located in Wellington, Florida, Dr. Chung takes great pride in helping patients who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome with daily headaches, TMJD, and dizziness.

Dr. Chung is uniquely trained in both gentle NUCCA craniocervical chiropractic technique and functional neurology. His goal is to create lasting neuroplastic changes in a patient’s brain so that they can maintain improvement over a long period of time. 

“I always knew that I wanted to help people, even as a young kid. Service to others is, and always will be, a core principle that I live by. Having the ability to help sick people get well without relying on medication is something that I am grateful to have the opportunity to do every day,” stated Dr. Chung.

He added, “A brain injury can make it seem like life will never be the same again, but even an injured brain is capable of remarkable change and adaptability when given the right direction.”

At his clinic, Dr. Chung can work with both local and non-local patients through one or two week intensive neuroplasticity programs.

To schedule a consultation call or email the office: 561.247.0044  frontdesk@chiropractorwellington.com

Follow Dr. Chung on Instagram and Twitter: @drjonathanchung

Read his latest thoughts on brain health and rehab on his blog: www.chiropractorwellington.com/blog

Again, thank you Dr. Chung for your support of the #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign — this project is not possible without supporters like yourself!

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I received a phone call from Roshini Rajkumar this morning asking if I could be in-studio at WCCO radio to talk about traumatic brain injury and prevention after a local pee wee hockey coach died over the weekend as the result of a preventable TBI from a fall.

12 years ago the USA Hockey association mandated coaches wear helmets while on the ice, however, this coach did not have his helmet strapped on and it fell off before his head made impact with the ice.

Unfortunately I see kids with their straps dangling down while riding a bike, skateboard, etc. I also notice a lot of parents not even wearing a helmet while out for a bike ride with their kiddos. We need to LEAD BY EXAMPLE and talk about the very real dangers of brain injury — it can happen to anyone, anywhere, in the blink of an eye.

This coach’s tragic death was completely preventable, and I always appreciate the opportunity to spread awareness about this invisible injury that affects more than 3.5 million Americans each year.

Listen with the play button below:

http://facesoftbi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/WCCO.mp3

 

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I am offering a totally new course to help you make 2019 your best {Empowered Year} yet!!

Are you ready to be empowered?? 

Are you ready to start a new journey or chapter?

Do you feel overwhelm and a sense of not knowing where to start or how??

Are you in need of some accountability and cheerleading??

If you answered YES to the above questions — I have created my {Empowered Year} Accountability & Life Coaching course just for YOU!

I consider this course a cross-breed of sorts. Combining Life and Business Coaching to help you find your Empowered Journey. I will work closely with you to help you achieve your personal and professional goals — we all need some accountability, inspiration, and support — and a Coach who can help us overcome beliefs that are holding us back.

This course isn’t for everyone.

It is intended for those who are looking to make real, positive, transformational change in their lives over the next year, and would like someone to help them along the way to unleash their empowered intentions!! It is for those who are willing to commit to themselves to make a real difference in their lives.

This is a year-long journey of working together to help you stay on track with your intentions, and to help steer you back on the right path if you happen to wander off and get lost for a bit.

I only have room for THREE empowered clients.

Due to the intensive, individualized nature of this course, I only have room to work with THREE motivated, positive, empowered clients!! You will want to ACT FAST to take advantage of this year-long course.

I began Coaching in 2007 to help others achieve the work-life balance that I have been able to enjoy. I began as a business coach and transitioned to a life coach — and as a TBI survivor myself I understand the frustrations and limitations that come with it. I’ve been there, done that and can completely relate to what you’re going through. It can be an emotional roller coaster, but we have to take care of ourselves during these turbulent times. Let me help you do just that!!

I hope you will join me and be inspired to embark on your {Empowered Year} doing what you love and are passionate about! I look forward to sharing the journey with you!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

* 12 monthly one-hour calls for accountability, support, and inspiration

* 90-minute intention setting workshop to plan out your year before we dive-in

* monthly “homework” assignments designed to help you grow personally and professionally

* private access to me through email, Marco Polo app, and the occasional text in the event of an “empowerment emergency”

PLUS BONUSES:

* my brand new Empowered Intentions workbook and audio

* my Empowered Gratitude worksheet

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The cost is $1200 for the 12-month course and can be paid in full, or I have several payment options available as well.

1 payment of $1200
2 payments of $650 (2nd payment due by March 15th)
3 payments of $450 (all payments due by April 15th)


Select Your Payment
1 Payment $1,200.00 USD2 Payments $650.00 USD3 Payments $450.00 USD


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Whether you have a friend, co-worker, loved one, or simply want to treat yourself as a survivor — I have created The TBI Gift Giving Guide just for you!!

I have taken the guesswork out of gift-giving, as any survivor would be thrilled to receive items off this list!!
Each of the items on the list have been hand picked by me and many of the items have been created by fellow TBI survivors — I am all about supporting each other in this community! (there are a few “products” on the list that I use every day and highly recommend)
Of course, I have to start off the list with my own book because I really truly do believe in it and feel that it should be required reading for all healthcare professionals, students, caregivers, and survivors. 
1. Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal – by Amy Zellmer
This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post. Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it’s like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones. It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.
2. Michael: My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS– by Tina Hutchence & Jen Jewel Brown
The life and death of the legendary lead singer of INXS, as remembered by his sister Tina. He died at only 37 but his fans are legion. INXS singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence fronted a band that was the biggest in the world. Huge through the 1980s across the globe, INXS broke the mould by merging dance and rock with a sexy, infectious romanticism. Michael’s big sister Tina Hutchence has teamed up with rock writer Jen Jewel Brown to create a book blazing with love and adventure. Tina adored Michael from the start. From a twelve-year-old holding him newborn in her arms to being his teenage nanny on the fringe of wild bushland in Sydney’s north, she remained his trusted confidant until his sudden death at 37.
3. Hope Survives CD –  by Cristabelle Braden
Album released March 2017, followed by the”Hope Survives Tour”, supporting brain injury awareness in partnership with Hope After Head Injury – with two legs of the tour: 5 weeks in the spring through the eastern US and 4 weeks in the fall through the south & midwest US.
4. TBI Healing Box – by Grace Quantock
I collaborated with Grace to create this Healing Box specific to TBI. These are some of the exact items that helped me cope with my injuries after my accident, and I know how comforting they can be. If you have a friend or loved one who has recently suffered a concussion or TBI, they would absolutely LOVE to receive this gift, I know I would have!
5. Hoodie Sweatshirt – by Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin
The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin will be selling “Not All Injuries Are Visible” T-shirts and hoodies for a limited time this holiday season. T-shirts are $15, and hoodies are $30. Pre-orders only. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 20. Items will be printed and shipped shortly thereafter (guaranteed for Christmas). There is a flat shipping rate, so the more you order, the better the deal.
6. LoveYourBrain – by Kevin Pearce 
Kevin’s experience brought to light the significance of TBI and its impact on his life and those around him. They have a collection of items for sale in their store, with all proceeds benefiting the LoveYourBrain Foundation — which helps send survivors to a week-long wellness retreat, attend free LoveYourBrain yoga classes, and so much more.
7. CBD Oil – by Entangled Biome 
I have been using this product to help me sleep and for pain relief. Hemp derived CBD oil is made from the Cannabis plant with less than .03% THC and is legal in all 50 states. Read the complete article I wrote reviewing this product HERE.
Receive 15% off your first order with code: 15Tribe2018
8. Rezzimax 
I met owner Sharik Peck in Utah and instantly fell in love with his product. Designed to stimulate the Vagus nerve and regulate the Central Nervous System, this product is a must-have for all clinicians and patients. The Tuner is a portable, hand-held device you can use anywhere. With the push of a button while on your break at work, while traveling, or from the comfort of your own home you can ease a headache and be smiling again in minutes. The Tuner combines resonance and progressive stress-management techniques to relieve chronic pain – without the need for expensive and addictive medications. Receive 25% off with code: sharikfamily
9. TheraSpecs
TheraSpecs are precision tinted, thoughtfully designed eyewear that filter out the harmful light that triggers migraines, headaches, eyestrain, and other conditions. TheraSpecs are thoughtfully designed to reduce pressure on the head and are durable for all-day wear. Available in an array of styles, they come with indoor or outdoor lenses, which means whether you’re looking for migraine glasses, migraine sunglasses, computer glasses or glasses for fluorescent lighting, we have you covered. Receive $10 off with code: FACESOFTBI
10. Young Living Essential Oils
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a HUGE fan of essential oils, and that quality is of utmost important when using these powerful oils. I have been using EO’s for over 5 years to help me in my journey of brain health and mental clarity. You can sign up for FREE educational resources here: www.facesoftbi.com/eo and if you’re ready to get started in the wonderful world of oils you can sign  up here: https://yl.pe/5n47
11. TheraCane
This product has been critical to my well-being and it goes everywhere with me when I travel.
  • Cane shaped massager for easing aches and pains
  • Eliminate painful knots in your muscles on your own
  • 6 treatment balls for total body massage

12. Sleep/Noise Machine
This product also goes everywhere with me when I travel, to help eliminate outside noise and create a calming environment in which to sleep. It is actual air being circulated through the machine, vs. fake digital noises created by other models.

13. How to Feed a Brain – by Cavin Balaster & Elisabeth Wilson
Want to optimize your brain function? This book teaches you about specific brain-supporting nutrients, how these nutrients affect us, and what we can eat to support our brain function. The author is a survivor of a severe traumatic brain injury that left him comatose with less than a 10% chance of regaining consciousness beyond a vegetative state. In this book, he shares real-life stories of how he used nutrition in his own brain recovery, along with scientific studies and research explaining why and how nutrition makes such a difference in our brain function. The book includes downloads to printable charts, lists, and user-friendly handouts to take to the grocery store or put on the refrigerator so that readers can easily apply what they learn to optimally feed their brains.

14. Midwest Functional Neurology Center
Many of you know my journey and the struggle of finding a doctor who believed me and knew how to help me. Then I finally met Dr. Jeremy Schmoe at 2.5 years into my recovery. You can read my full article on how he helped me here: http://huff.to/2jjgBh1

14. After the Cheering Stops – by Cyndy Feasel
Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her.

FREEBIE ALERT!! Here is a list of FREE magazines and podcasts that anyone is sure to enjoy!!
1. TBI TV – by Amy Zellmer
2. TBI Hope & Inspiration Magazine – by David Grant
3. The Challenge! Magazine – by the Brain Injury Association of America
4. Faces of TBI Podcast series – by Amy Zellmer
** note: some links listed above may be affiliate links **
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With the holidays upon us, many traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors will find themselves facing more overstimulation than normal, which can cause additional brain fatigue and stress — as well as causing fear, panic, and anxiety to set it in in some situations.

Overstimulation and fatigue are two of the most common symptoms amongst concussion and TBI patients, and can come in any combination of sounds, images, light, smell, taste, and touch.

Because overstimulation can’t be “seen” it can be a mystery to those who have never experienced it; and cause frustration between someone going through it and their loved ones who don’t understand it.

After a brain injury, the wiring and circuitry in the brain is not working efficiently. Our brains don’t quite know how to process all of the information that is coming at us at once and cognitive impairments delay how quickly we can process the information.

A ‘normal’ brain just does all of this automatically without us consciously being aware of it. When there is an injury, it can be confusing and extremely exhausting. Imagine if you had to process every single piece of information that was coming at your right now individually — the words on the screen, the light from the screen, a sound behind you, the humming of the heater, and the smell of your coffee.

Myself personally, I have a hard time dealing with a crowded restaurant or mall this time of year because there is too much noise combined with lights and lots of scents. I often have a hard time focusing when there is a lot of background noise, and find myself unable to carry on a conversation or make sense of what I am trying to do.

I typically leave feeling completely exhausted and often acquire a headache to go with it. I usually tire out before my 81 year old mother, who can shop circles around me.

I have compiled a list of seven simple things you can do to make the holidays easier on yourself, or a loved one who is dealing with overstimulation.

1. Keep hydrated. The brain functions best when it is fully hydrated. When you are out shopping it is easy to become dehydrated rather quickly. You can combat this by always having a water bottle with you and refilling it often. As tempting as it is, drinking alcohol and caffeine will also cause you to get dehydrated, so it is best to avoid those types of drinks when you know you are going to be faced with overstimulation.

2. Keep additional stimulation to a minimum. Decrease the amount of stimulation in places that you have control of it. If you know you’re headed to the mall or crowded restaurant, don’t watch television before heading out or listen to the radio on the way there. If you’re going with a friend or loved one, explain to them that you might not be able to have a conversation while you’re there. Bring your TheraSpecs and earplugs with and use them if you need them.

3. Get additional rest. While this one seems obvious, it is sometimes hard to do with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Rest is critical to helping our brain recover from overstimulation. Take a nap before or after your big outings, and do your best to get a good night’s sleep each night. Give yourself a designated bed time and stick with that schedule throughout the holidays.

4. Take shorter trips. If you have a lot to get done you may want to consider breaking it up into smaller trips. I find it easier to do one errand each day, rather than trying to cram five things into one outing. It may take longer, but your brain will thank you.

5. Write lists. I am the queen of sticky notes and shopping lists. Why add additional stress to the situation by going shopping without a clear list of where you need to go and what you need to get?! Even with a list, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and out of sorts. Having a plan of exactly where you need to go, and what you need to purchase at each location will help keep your stress levels down and keep you organized.

6. Ask for help. It can be hard to do, but sometimes you need to ask for help. Whether it’s asking for someone to drive you somewhere, carry your bags for you, or even run an errand for you. Know when you’ve reached your limits (or, preferably BEFORE you’ve reached your limits) and ask for help. If you’re a friend or loved one, offer help before it’s asked for – or better yet, go ahead and do something off of their list before you see they need assistance!

7. Speak up for yourself. If you find yourself at Aunt Betty’s house on Christmas eve and feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted, speak up and let someone know you need a quiet room to rest in. Don’t wait for someone to offer help, because the reality is that they might not truly understand it. Sometimes just getting out of the chatter for a half hour can be quite rejuvenating. If anyone makes you feel bad about having to go lie down, simply remind them that you are still recovering from a brain injury!!

If you are a caregiver, family member, or friend of a TBI survivor – please understand that overstimulation and fatigue is very real. Allow us to take the steps needed to ensure our health and sanity this holiday season (and all year round).
To all my fellow TBI survivors I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy, and love. Take care of yourself, and give yourself grace when needed. It is easy to push ourselves because we feel like we have so much to get done, however, it is important to know when to step back …. and take a nap!You’re also invited to join my TBI Tribe on Facebook
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