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    Years ago, I wrote a book for survivors and families of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to help them understand the medical and legal aspects of this type of injury. Despite all the hard work and research that went into writing it, the book has always been free to anyone who needed it. Now that it’s years later, and so much more information is known about brain injury, I am extremely excited to be putting the finishing touches on the updated rewrite of my book, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families.  It will feature new and updated information, including a new chapter on Novel and Integrated Treatment Approaches to Treatment.

    Looking back, I’ve found it interesting that the re-write didn’t come as easily as I had hoped.  Was its writer’s block?  Something else? After a night of sleep, I awoke and after some fumbling on the History Channel I saw a picture of Winston Churchill. Something occurred to me. It came in a flash recalling Churchill’s inspiring speech during WW II to rally his citizens to “Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large, or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

    I decided to “borrow” Churchill’s message and use it to inspire me as a theme of hope throughout the book.  Call it the “other prescription” for TBI recovery. Don’t give up…ever, despite the odds, always maintain hope as it is the best medicine and the medical studies show it. Recovering from traumatic brain injury requires the outlook to fight for every gain in quality of life, adopt to new normal and continue to seek out new and novel ways to improve one’s quality of life. Certain treatments that work for one survivor may not have the same impact to another.

    When one treatment door closes, some folks might feel the urge to give up.  Trust me…don’t do it. More doors are now open than ever before, and there are many doors yet to open during recovery from traumatic brain injuries.  Traditional approaches of evaluation and medications have helped many, but not all. Why not try other approaches when you have reached the end of the line of improvement? Never give up. Never give in. We live in a more enlightened time of integrated medical approaches including acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, specialized diets, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, massage, and yoga. Give it a try. Be proactive and work with a proactive team around you whenever you can. It may open new doors to improve your quality of life.

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