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Share Your Story of TBI Recovery – Even with Just One Person

Avoid Summer InjuriesHere’s the deal: when you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury, telling your recovery story can be incredibly cathartic. And, there’s no one “right” time to do this. When YOU feel ready, that is the right time to share your story with the world – or at least with a few other people.

So, how do you go about doing this? Here are some ideas:

Use Meetups.com. This website is chock-full of all kinds of different “meet-up” groups (i.e. like-minded people who have formed a kind of club), so you’ll likely fund some great resources and groups here. Talk about a great way to share your recovery story!

Use Facebook. Facebook isn’t just a social media tool for finding friends and old high school classmates; it’s a great way to find other TBI survivors and groups so that you can share your story with the world. Facebook can be a great and supportive place to share your recovery story, and listen to others share their stories, as well.

Use TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we’re proud to offer a widespread support network for TBI survivors and their families and friends. Consider joining us today, if you desire a safe place to talk about your traumatic brain injury.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about how and when to share your recovery story? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Best Memory Games to Exercise and Challenge Your Brain

brain injury supportWhen it comes to sharpening your brain power and memory, there are certain games and apps out there that can be very helpful. Even for those of us who haven’t been afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, many medical experts recommend keeping your brain sharp with exercises – just as you do for your body! Here are some of our personal favorites memory games & apps for challenging your brain:

  • Lumosity (iPhone users only). Lumosity is a fantastic app for improving your memory and attention span, in addition to your problem-solving skills. This app was actually designed by a group of neuroscientists, and has a plethora of exercises (name-face recognition, spatial tasks, etc.) to exercise your brain. Check it out!
  • Brain Workout (Android users only). We love Brain Workout! This is an excellent app that’s both easy to use and full of fun mini-games. You can even select different difficulty levels, if you want a true challenge. We’d recommend Brain Workout to just about anyone who wants to improve their memory and cognitive skills, in no time.
  • Peak is one of the most popular brain challenge activities out there, for a reason. This Android/iPhone app has a collection of tons of effective mini-games and brain workouts.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about the best kinds of memory exercises and games to challenge your brain? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

How Support Groups Can Help Restore Normalcy After Brain Injury

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?You may not feel like you’re a “support group type of person”. The thought of going to a support group may feel intimidating, overwhelming, or simply unappealing. But, the truth is: if you’re struggling with a brain injury, a specialized support group & helpful community can help to restore normalcy, speed up the recovery process, and make you feel deeply supported by people who care.

  • Telling your story, and listening to others’ stories, will help you feel less alone. Perhaps it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. When we engage with people around us who are going through the same thing that we are, this can help us to feel less alone. Talking about similar, shared experiences can also help to normalize a surreal situation.
  • You’ll feel less insecure about your condition. Having a brain injury can make you feel inadequate, and insecure about the things that no longer come easy to you. By participating in a support group, you’ll inevitably start to feel certain insecurities melt away when you realize that others are going through the same thing, and experiencing the same negative thoughts.
  • You’ll relearn how to be part of the world. A brain injury can result in feelings of loneliness and isolation. Support groups can help you to remember that you are still a part of the world, just as much as you were before your injury.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about brain injury support groups? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you and offer our assistance!

Maintaining an Active Lifestyle After Brain Injury

The Basics of TBIs and the NFLWhen it comes to recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), there is a fine balance between resting and being active. Too much activity certainly isn’t optimal — but, then again, neither is too much inactivity. Some studies have even shown that patients with traumatic brain injuries recover faster when they engage in some form of pre-approved, mild physical activity.

It’s true that, after a TBI, a person may not immediately feel like getting exercise. After a TBI, most patients will be physically incapable of performing even the simplest of physical tasks. This is, of course, very normal. But it’s also true that, after enough time has passed (and after discussing it with your doctor), exercise in this case can be wholly beneficial. Some amount of activity may help you speed along your recovery time.

In the first few weeks after your TBI, no matter how severe, it’s generally recommended to refrain from as much physical activity as possible, and to get a sufficient amount of rest. After this period of inactivity, you can start to engage in some light aerobics. Things like swimming, walking, or another type of light exercise are all great ways to stay active. (It’s important to check with your doctor, first.) Any kind of resistance training, strength training, or other types of strenuous activity are not recommended.

Join the TryMunity Community – We’re Here for You!

Do you have further questions about how to maintain an active lifestyle after a brain injury? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you and offer our assistance!

5 Signs of a Concussion

How to Find TBI Groups in Your CommunityA concussion is a traumatic brain injury, caused by a strike or blow to the head that causes the brain to suffer trauma. And, though every concussion varies in its severity, these types of head injuries should be treated immediately, regardless of how “serious” the problem may seem.

Scarily enough: many people afflicted with concussions don’t exhibit outward symptoms until days, or even weeks, after the traumatic event.

However, there are some concrete ways to determine if someone has a concussion. Here are the five signs of a concussion:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired speech
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss, or difficulty concentrating

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms after a traumatic event, it’s crucial to implore them to seek immediate medical attention. If gone untreated, concussions can lead to major mental health and brain-related issues. Even if you’re convinced that a concussion isn’t serious, it’s always a good idea to seek medical assistance, anyway. You can never be too careful when it comes to this type of traumatic brain injury.

Need assistance or support with your traumatic brain injury?

Are you or a loved one in need of support for your brain injury? Here at TryMunity, we’ve created a loving and knowledgeable space for people who’ve been afflicted by TBI’s, as well as their family members and friends. Contact us today to get involved in our community – our members are ready to swap stories with you, and provide the support and comfort you deserve.

To learn more about TryMunity, to join our community, or to find out how you can help us raise awareness for traumatic brain injuries: get in touch with us via our online contact form. We’re here to help answer your questions!

Education in Your Community: Getting Involved in the Brain Injury Discussion

How Does a Physician Test for TBI?Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious health problem in the population at large – each year, nearly 1.7 million people are estimated to be affected by brain injuries (whether traumatic or not). Unfortunately, there’s still a dearth of collective knowledge and even fewer conversations surrounding this issue. People simply don’t talk about it, and the media is even less inclined to focus on the true extent of brain injuries.

Taking Action Within Your Community

When such a large percentage of the population is affected with something so life-altering, it’s time to do something about it. It’s time to raise awareness and education within our communities – after all, chances are that you know and love someone who’s struggling with a TBI. Here are some of the best ways to spread TBI education in your personal community:

  • First, educate yourself. Educating yourself on the intricacies of traumatic brain injuries is an important first step. There are so many excellent TBI resources out there – here at TryMunity, we’ve included in-depth information on both traumatic and acquired brain injuries, as well as concussions.
  • Talk to people who’ve experienced a TBI. Understanding on a personal level just how much brain injuries can affect people by talking to someone who’s experienced a TBI will help provide invaluable insight into this health issue, and will likely give you a more nuanced, empathetic overall perspective of brain injuries.
  • Give back to those in need. Donate to TryMunity today – your support will go towards raising awareness of this issue and providing important support for families dealing with TBI.

Contact TryMunity

Here at TryMunity, we provide a web of online resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury or who know someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Patients’ False Fears About Traumatic Brain Injury

How to Find TBI Groups in Your CommunityThere are a lot of myths and false fears circulating about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When people experience a TBI for themselves, the often don’t know what to expect, and they have some false fears about what living with a TBI will be like.

Here are some of the more common false fears patients have about TBIs and why they’re myths.

You Can’t Remember Simple Things So You Must Be Crazy

This just isn’t true. It’s not uncommon for TBI patients to have trouble remembering certain facts they otherwise would never forget, such as their address or home phone number. This does not mean that you’re crazy or out of your mind. Remember that memory is a brain function, not a mind function. If your brain is injured, then it will have trouble acting as it did before, just like any other arm or leg injury.

You Won’t Get Better

The truth is that recovering from a TBI can take months, even years. This is a slow process, and it will take time for you to feel like yourself again.

There are some things that you can do to help your brain relearn certain functions. You might try going to speech therapy or playing certain computer games. These can help you improve your speech and thinking functions, and they’ll help the brain make new pathways to perform those functions that were lost during the injury. Good exercise can also help you brain. If you have questions, speak with your physician to learn how you can help yourself improve.

You’re All Alone

Many patients don’t know anything about TBIs until they have one themselves. If they don’t know anyone else with such an injury, it can make them feel lonely or isolated, as if no one understands exactly what they’re going through.

This is a common fear, but you should know that there are many others out there just like you. You can find a whole world of support online and connect with TBI support groups in your area. You can also share information with your friends and family members to help them better understand what you’re going through.

Don’t let your false fears about TBIs control you. For more information, reach out to TryMunity at community.trymunity.com and be part of a welcoming community.

Top 4 Ways to Challenge Your TBI

Top 5 Ways to Challenge Your TBIWhen you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may feel overwhelmed with everything there is to do. Your recovery may be long and challenging with a lot of therapy involved. Even though you are completely exhausted, it is still important to test your limits. Pushing yourself can help you recover quickly from your TBI. Here are a few ways in which you can challenge your injury and take back control.

1. Use Memory Games

There are many games and apps you can download that can help you with word association and memory. Some favorite games include: Sudoku, Go Fish, Solitaire, and Tetris. There are also smartphone applications like Lumosity that provide great memory exercises. Check with your doctor for more recommendations.

2. TBI Recovery Software

There are specific applications that are created for TBI recovery that you may find helpful. These include Therappy, an app that specializes in different areas of cognition for patients recovering from TBI. Ask your therapist about discounts or ways to obtain this software to help your recovery.

3. Try New Things

While having a TBI can be isolating, it is important that you get out and try new things. If you haven’t been to a particular location since you were injured, get out there and face those fears. Doing things out of your comfort level can help you build confidence and continue improving.

4. Connect with Others

If you find yourself feeling alone in your struggle, it can be helpful to connect with others who are going through a similar situation. Meet people online through TryMunity that are also going through TBI challenges. Share what has worked and helped you through your journey.

If you would like more information on TBI and therapy options, join the TryMunity community today. You don’t have to go through this alone.

 

3 Myths About Concussions

There are many misconceptions and myths about concussions. These incorrect assumptions can lead to misdiagnosis or a misled understanding about the condition. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment of a concussion is key to recovery. Here the three common myths about concussions.

Myth 1: If You Fall Asleep, You Might Die

After trauma to the head occurs, it is crucial to assess the severity of the injury. You will want to check for double vision, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Falling asleep can prevent you from fully being able to check for these conditions, so it is important that you stay alert until medical personnel have given you a thorough examination.

Myth 2: There Are Different Levels of Concussion

There used to be different grades of concussions, but that is all out the window. Now doctors consider any concussion a mild traumatic brain injury. People with a “minor” concussion still suffered from memory loss and headaches. There is nothing mild about having a traumatic brain injury!

Myth 3: Once You Feel Better, You Are Ok

Even if you feel better a few days later, it is important to rest. It takes about two weeks after your symptoms cease for your brain to completely recover. If you suffer any more brain trauma during this time, you can cause permanent brain damage. Even if your CAT scan is clear, you may have suffered harm at a cellular level that the scan cannot pick up. If you are still having symptoms, contact your doctor.

If you have suffered a concussion, you need to be seen by professional medical staff. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, you may be at risk for further brain injury. For support, join the TryMunity community today.

Top Sites for Brain Teasers and Puzzles

iStock_000014377944XSmallAdults and children can benefit from continually stimulating their brain with puzzles. Brain games are a fun way to improve different aspects of your cognitive function, such as memory and spatial skills. Here are several websites to join in on the fun:

Brain Bashers

At Brain Bashers, you can use numerous activities to help train your brain and improve function. The site has puzzles, brainteasers and riddles to keep you thinking. You can solve the daily puzzle for small doses of brain stimulation each day, or delve into difficult puzzles for hours on end. Turn it into a family affair for even more fun.

Fit Brains

From the makers of Rosetta Stone, Fit Brains is a website and app designed to get your brain in shape. Not only can you play games that are designed to improve memory and cognition, but you can chart your progress. You can see if you are improving in certain areas and challenge yourself to become better at improving your mental fitness.

Brain Den

Both children and adults can head over to the Brain Den for hours of fun solving puzzles. In addition to puzzles, there are optical illusions that will leave you pondering. Don’t forget to interact on the forum where users can post their own challenges. You might even create some puzzles of your own to share.

National Institute of Environment Health Sciences

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) maintains a webpage geared toward kids and it is filled with puzzles for them to solve. While they’re there, kids can learn about the brain and have a better understanding about the different parts and their functions. Just because the website was created for kids doesn’t mean adults can’t join in on the fun and learn something new!

We Can Help!

At TryMunity we offer a supportive team of people who have been through brain injuries. Learn more about the services we offer by contacting us.