ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS:
(Originally listed in Picking Up The Pieces pickingupthepieces.net then Site incurred a name change to The Crash Support Network – article no longer at https://pickinguppieces.net/second-chance-on-life/ , it is now listed under https://crashsupportnetwork.com/second-chance-on-life/ reached above)
The founder of HOPE TBI #hope_tbi (Caren Robinson) is currently a volunteer Co-Host with Kim Justus #inaflash on Brain Injury Radio occurring monthly. Listen to their radio shows in the highlighted links below.
Just click on which title you are interested in listening to and it will open up on a different page:
(Years below are 2019, 2020, and 2021)
2019 Radio Shows
(On January 4, 2014 Caren Robinson was involved in a catastrophic head on collision with her youngest son. Caren’s seatbelt failed and she was ejected approximately 10-15 feet from the vehicle and sustained an initial loss of consciousness for an unknown amount of time before EMS arrived.
Caren suffered a complex high energy blunt polytrauma with multiple injuries. Some of those injuries included multiple orthopedic fractures, closed traumatic brain injury, and soft tissue injuries, along with other medical challenges.
Sharing what she learns through her recovery journey, self-led research, self-advocacy, and survival experiences have become her way of coping and healing on the inside, while her body healed on the outside.
Caren created Web Site and Blog to help take the struggle out of finding resources and information when someone is faced with a Trauma – from a Polytrauma or Brain Injury. www.hopetbi.com)
[August and September 2019 – no shows]
(We remember the social trauma of 9-11-2001, changing the way Americans live from that day forward. We also remember the day each of us experienced the personal trauma, shaping our lives again forever. “Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience”)
( Discuss Resources and Support for the Brain Injury Community – Where do we find these things. The merit of doing so, as well as the challenges can be daunting. )
( We discuss the naughty and nice of brain injury during the holidays .. Some holiday tunes, and some calls from you!! Tips on how to survive the holiday season, and the origins of Christmas. )
2020 RADIO SHOWS
(We will discuss Secondary PTSD created by the healthcare industry/toxic providers. I can’t tell you how many listeners, including myself, have been frustrated by the lack of knowledge or consistency found about brain injury in the “traditional medical model.” Our injuries alone can leave us with PTSD, but when that’s compounded by those who are tasked with helping us .. Well, that’s just wrong .. How to recognize this dynamic, and how to be our own best advocate will be discussed.
We will also talk about PTSD and TBI as co-morbidities and how to tell them apart. Co-morbity refers to two conditions existing in the same person. Co-morbidity can imply interactions between the illnesses that can worsen the course of both. )
(Discussing the changes in love, sex, relationships, and our sense of self after suffering a brain injury. The dangers that can enter the new aspects of the relationship, and the simple joys we can be empowered to create on our own, or with someone.)
( We are discussing the basics of Brain Injury in an effort to raise up the understanding, as we begin Brain Injury Awareness Month. Among the topics discussed will be: Mindfulness Techniques, Meditation, Positive Psychology, EMDR and other holistic techniques. Building bridges and synapses the Non Pharma way! )
(We are discussing, reaching out and staying connected during this difficult time in our history. Will provide tips, and avenues of support. From there, you just never know where that will lead us!)
(We are discussing Surviving the Virus. Common theme these days, but on people’s minds. So much fluid information changing so quickly, much of it with conflicting messages. We survived a game changing event before .. Here we go again)
(Like many brain injuries, there is so much to be learned and a good share of mis-information out there. We hope to provide a better understanding of the particulars of what various types of strokes entail, to promote awareness and prevention.)
(gatherings, travel, health, school, politics, masks, contact … Oh my! – We will welcome callers to participate in their COVID experiences. I know we have heard a LOT about this subject in 2020, but so many things are impacted, it seldom gets too far from our minds. Would appreciate hearing how all of you are coping! Sprinkle that with a bit of healing music & we’ll call it a show!! )
(James T. Ryder is a 20-year Veteran, ow retired, from the NYPD. Prior to his time with the NYPD he served in the United States Marine Corps during the Cold War under Ronald Reagan.
On 9/11 James was assigned to security at Ground Zero for the first 8 days, then was transferred to what is referred to as the ‘think tank’ of NYPD, the Office of Management, Analysis & Planning (OMAP). It was there that he was tasked, along with LT Andy Costello and Detective Tom Neal, to build what was known as the DNA Database. This Database was used to identify bodies, body parts, personal property, photographs, employee ID cards and much more.)
(Life after trauma .. Daunting challenge, like a road trip without the map and no place to stop ask directions! Can you say “Lost?” Brain Injury and PolyTrauma offer unique challenges of their own, but add lack of access to support, coupled with a trauma induced environment .. Things can start to feel helpless/hopeless. Times like these affect the body, mind and soul, imprinting a memory of the traumatic event(s), that can manifest in many ways. This most often leads to symptoms of PTSD, along with those of the original trauma.
Join Kim and Caren, as they discuss Trauma and the road back to a functional and happy life.)
(Caren and Kim will recognize Veterans Day – Thanks to all our Veterans for your sacrifice and service, and that of your family .. Freedom is Never Free.
Our guest tonight is Veteran, Beau Hendricks. Beau joined the Navy after high school and retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army in 2019. In 2007 he was critically injured in Iraq by a rocket blast. He spent several years on active duty still serving, while recovering from hisTBI, and multiple other bodily injuries. After retiring, Beau has decided to go into coaching resilience. See: beauhendricks.com)
(Kim and Caren will be discussing the Cognitive Issues often associated with traumatic brain injury. Things like cognitive performance, reserve, fatigue & more .. What they mean, signs and symptoms, disease processes that complicate them – Everything you wanted clarity on. So many of us know that “something isn’t right,” but can’t identify it readily after our injuries. In an effort to be our own best advocates, it helps to be versed in what we need. This program will help you identify those difficulties, and talk about tips to help temper them.)
2021 Radio Shows
Caren Robinson will be discussing the levels of trauma, triggers and awareness. When in the midst of a melt down, ever had a well meaning friend say, “Well just think positive!” Not the most welcome message in that moment, when gratitude feels far away, and you’re smack in the middle of flight or fight. What are some options to balance trauma with more productive and realistic options.
Kim and Caren will be discussing the changes in love, sex, relationships, and our sense of self after suffering a brain injury. The dangers that can enter the new aspects of the relationship, and the simple joys we can be empowered to create on our own, or with someone. (repeat from 2020 show)
Caren Robinson and Kim will be discussing the state of “dis ease” and stigma attached to Mental Health. That, in and of itself is a broad issue .. Add TBI and things get really tricky. This has been a time as they say “that tries ones soul”. Mental Health has taken a beating for kids, adults and everyone in between in this long relentless haul. Between politics, protests, pandemic, and personal challenges coping with the related fallout .. We have been pressed to our limits. Many have refused to seek help because of the stigma many times attached. Others are in need, indeed, but have in no way gotten immediate relief. Tonight we will talk about aspects of mental health and how we can raise awareness, take action, and find some relief.
Discussing hope and change, renewal and new beginnings! Reframing our thinking and positive psychology are just some of the ways we can navigate the course of life, much more smoothly. By now we are seeing signs of color and new life. We can make this time to enjoy getting back outside, and some attitude adjustment. Join us for this productive and interesting discussion!
Blast Injury and Acoustic TBI. We think of Blast Injury in terms of our Veterans .. At least that’s where most of us became aware of the term. Many have never heard of Acoustic TBI. These injuries are not veteran exclusive. Tune in tonight and hear how these types may be effecting you or your loved one(s).
Discussing Autoimmune Disorders. People are normally aware of the obvious ones, but there are so many more than the more common condtions you hear mentioned. Do YOU have an Autoimmune Disorder? Does your Brain Injury constitute one? What other conditions that you wrestle with may be considered in that category? You may be really surprised.
If you do have a condition(s) considered an auto immune disorder, what kind of pre-cautions do you take during “normal times” .. if any of us remember those, and how do we handle them under extreme circumstances like COVID?
Discussing strengthening the immune system and alternatives for bolstering the endocrine, carrying over from last months show in June 2021. Then…You just never know. Tune in and find out!
Discussing the ills of healthcare and the fault in no fault auto insurance .. Perhaps with their usual couple of brief detours! For one, the acceleration of the new variant of COVID, the mandates, vaccine & who do you trust?
Discussion of the Insurance Industry, both evolving Healthcare Plans & Auto Insurance. Do they have us covered? Change is rampant and maybe not the direction we want it to go…
If you have topic ideas, feel free to contact Caren at email@example.com
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