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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, accounting for 138 deaths each day. Still, many more people survive TBI and live with the effects for years to come.
The effects of a TBI can range from short term to lifelong, and from debilitating to mild. People with TBI can find relief in physical therapy, medications, psychological treatment, and social support. A medical team can provide much of that treatment, but social support must come from friends, family, and others within the community.
To help, we’ve rounded up some of the best sources of online support for people who have TBIs and the people who love them.
Adventures in Brain Injury
Cavin Balaster is a TBI survivor and public speaker. His blog is a great place to find posts on everything from nutrition tips for post-brain injury, to what it’s like to watch football as a TBI survivor, to glimpses into his personal journey. Balaster frequently shares his podcasts here, too, if you’d rather listen than read. Visit the blog. Tweet him: @CavinB
Brain Trauma Foundation
The Brain Trauma Foundation was founded by Dr. Jamshid Ghajar in 1986 to support research on TBI. Since then, the organization has worked to improve outcomes of patients with TBI through research, education, and guidelines. The blog is packed with interesting reading. We particularly like the Athlete Spotlight, highlighting athletes who have experienced TBI. Visit the blog. Tweet them: @brain_trauma
BrainLine.org is a nonprofit that seeks to provide accurate information on prevention, treatment, and life with traumatic brain injury. The website is a comprehensive resource, where you’ll find information sorted for people who have TBIs, for families and friends, and for professionals. Needless to say, it’s chock full of good information and worthwhile reading. Visit the blog. Tweet them: @BrainLine
David’s Traumatic Brain Injury Blog
Blogger David suffered a TBI when he was hit by a car while cycling in 2010. Since then, he’s written a book on his journey and started this inspirational blog. Six years after his accident, David still rides his bike an average of 25 miles per day. A self-described TBI advocate, David’s posts are a mix of honest reflections and valuable advice. Visit the blog.
Traumatic Brain Injury Blog
When a brain injury is caused by someone else, it’s not unusual for the injured party to seek compensation. This blog, written by a personal injury attorney in Vermont who also chairs the board of the state's Brain Injury Association, has useful information for TBI sufferers across the country. You can read about some of the latest research news on TBI as well as personal stories. Visit the blog.
Lash & Associates: Blog on Brain Injury
Lash & Associates is a publishing company that specializes in books on brain injury, and they’ve got a blog, too. There are numerous worthwhile stories here, many of them highly personal from people who have TBI and their families. Peppered in are excerpts and poems from some of their books on brain injury. Visit the blog.
NeuroNotes by Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute
The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (NRI) at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma is dedicated to helping people with TBI. They offer inpatient and outpatient care and specialize in helping people with TBI get back out there after their hospital stay. But you don’t have to be a patient of theirs to benefit from their informative, helpful, and inspirational blog. Visit the blog. Tweet them: @traumatreatment
TryMunity is an online community that provides support to people with TBI, their loved ones, and their caregivers. It’s a GREAT place to meet others who are going through similar struggles and for people to share their experiences through photos and blog posts. You’ll find tons of helpful posts here and a great sense of support from the people who frequent the site. Visit the blog. Tweet them: @TryMunity
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone, but veterans are at particularly high risk. This web portal is a project of the Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM), founded with the support of the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. But the topics here aren’t only for veterans with TBI. The website is a complete resource for all people with TBI, their caregivers, and the general public interested in learning more. Visit the blog.
Staying abreast of the latest in medical research can be a daunting task, but the blog at BrainInjury.com can help. The posts here focus on medical and legal developments in traumatic brain injury research. You’ll find worthwhile information on new treatments and therapies, and how TBI can affect the brain and the lives of people it touches. Visit the blog.