From Grave to Cradle to Now
Care Professional Edition
This website provides To Do lists for families and for their support teams for times of crisis.
This website also provides a draft of the type of letter that hospitals will provide families to assist you deal with officialdom in its many forms such as employers, governments, financial institutions and utilities.
Hospitals will suggest reading material to help understand the present and future situation that you and your loved one find yourselves in.
The first two of the following reference materials were of tremendous help to us to understand the complexities and the healing mysteries of our brains. The third text provides resources to help deal with the practicalities of living and healing with a brain injury.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained
and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left
hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke
(AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It
took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her functions and
thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My
Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008
by Viking Penguin). In 2008, Dr. Jill gave a presentation at the TED Conference in Monterey, CA,
which has become the most viewed TED Talk of all time. This
now famous 18-minute presentation catapulted her story into the limelight. As a
result, she was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in
the World for 2008. In addition, Dr. Jill was the premiere guest on Oprah's
Soul Series web-cast and was interviewed by Oprah and Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show in October, 2008.
Brain That Changes Itself
by Dr. Norman Doidge
THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE
ITSELF. It is a plastic, living organ that can
actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Arguably the
most important breakthrough in neuroscience since scientists first sketched out
the brain’s basic anatomy, this revolutionary discovery, called neuroplasticity,
promises to overthrow the centuries-old notion that the brain is fixed and
unchanging. The brain is not, as was thought, like a machine, or “hardwired”
like a computer. Neuroplasticity not only gives hope to those with mental
limitations, or what was thought to be incurable brain damage, but expands our
understanding of the healthy brain and the resilience of human nature.
Resources For Individuals and Families Living with the Effects of Brain Injury
by Ramona R. Bray
Ramona Bray is a psychotherapist in
private practice, downtown Toronto who specializes in brain injury and post
-trauma care. She has worked in the medical hospital system for 20 years
working with patients with complex neurological injuries/disease and mental
This manual/comprehensive resource guide is an excellent
tool to assist professionals, survivors and families navigate the complex
system of brain injury. Other regions may have similar
resource guides to this one utilized throughout the Toronto region of
Ontario. For copies go to www.ramonabray.com
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Bray, CYW, BSW, MSW, RSW
In Trauma & Rehabilitation
Clinical Member Of The Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)
Status American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, D.A.A.E.T.S.