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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Are You Aware - June 2016 is Brain Injury Month in Toronto?

A brain injury can happen to anyone, it does not discriminate. The life of a person who sustains a brain injury is forever changed - as every facet of their life may be affected; from self perception; ability to earn a living; coping/accepting their "new reality"; physical, emotional and behavioural challenges; often leads to isolation, financial hardship, and a sense of not belonging/ having no purpose. It's also important to understand it is not only the survivor who is affected, family members, friends, co-workers, caregivers, pets and the community are also impacted.

It's also important to note just like everything in life there is a sliding scale of severity, as well as like no two fingerprints are alike - no two brain injuries are alike and the amount of healing (ability) is unique to each survivor. 

As someone who is a brain injury survivor I know too well the struggles that any given day can bring. I count my blessings each day that I have been able to recover from my brain injury and lead a very productive and happy life (though it's different from the one I had ordered). 

AREYOUAWARE.CA is a great website to find information on what is a brain injury, how the brain is affected by an injury, and resources available.

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To learn how an injury affects the various parts of the brain click here.

For Brain Injury Awareness month - the folks at Are You Aware are kicking off their awareness campaign with various adverts in subway cars on the TTC Yonge Line

Spot the Awareness adverts - Help spread brain injury awareness: take a selfie and share it on instagram, twitter, or Facebook using hashtag #areyouaware ... 

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  1. Dearest Celia,
    So many people are so fortunate for having you as a spokes person that actually lived through all this and look at what you reached?!
    Sending you hugs for June,

  2. Thank you for sharing this... My kids father is actually a brain injury surviver, he was hit by a car when he was 16... an amazing story and unreal he survived it all. He does have some issues with memory from time to time from it... :(



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