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									                   BRITISH COLUMBIA’S VOICE FOR THE BRAIN INJURY COMMUNITY    Fall 2010

                                                                     A Soldier’s
                                                                     Long Battle
                                                                     to Recover
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                                 Message from the Editor
                                              Janelle Breese Biagioni

By the time this issue of Headline arrives in your          In closing, I encourage everyone to slow down.
mailbox, school zones will be in effect. Children will      Leave a few minutes early if you need to, but be
be on foot, bikes, scooters and skateboards mak-            assured that speed does kill. Slow down and save
ing their way to reunite with friends, teachers and         someone’s life – it may even be your own. Stay safe!
their studies. It’s important for drivers, and it’s their
responsibility, to be aware of increased sidewalk
traffic, to watch for school buses stopping to pick
up and drop off students, and to adhere to school                             Sudoku
                                                                   The rules of Sudoku are simple. Place a digit
zone speed limits.
                                                                from 1 to 9 in each empty cell so every row, every
An interesting article can be viewed at www.sdt.              column, and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. It
gives a scenario of three cars traveling in a row.               	 6	    		   	     	    		 1	 9	 8	 2
One is traveling at 50 km/h, another at 60 km/h and
the other at 80 km/h. A child runs out in front of the           	 8	    		 9	      		 3	 2	 4	          	 6
cars, just beyond where a car traveling at 50 km/h
can safely stop. The car traveling at 50 km/h will
                                                                 	 2	 7	      	     	 8	      		    		   	 	1
stop in time and avoid hitting the child. The driver             		 	    	    6	    		 		 8	 3	 4	 7
of the car going 60 km/h will hit the child at a speed
of 44 km/h. The third car, traveling at 80 km/h will             	 		 4	 8	 3	 6	 7	 1	 2	 	
hit the child at a speed of 72 km/h. What chance
of survival do you think the child has when hit by a             	 1	 3	 7	 2	 			 	               6	    	    	
car traveling at these speeds? If the car traveling at
50 km/h had struck the child, he or she would have
                                                                 	 3	    	    		    		 9	     	     		 6	 4
a 27% chance of survival. If struck by the car going             	 7	 9	 5	 8	 4	             	    2	    		 3
60 km/h, the child’s survival rate is less than 1%. To
be hit by a vehicle traveling at 80 km/h – the child             	 4	 6	 1	 7	 		             	     	    		 9
would be dead.
                                                                              Solution on page 20
When I read the article above, I was stunned. I
do take speed limits seriously and I am extremely
cautious in areas where children may be playing,                                     Headline is also available
walking, or traveling on a small-wheeled vehicle.                                          in PDF format.
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                                                                    Safety Tips for
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                              •                                  Pedestrians of All Ages
                          Editor                            Did you know that a pedestrian struck by a car
                Janelle Breese Biagioni
                     2031 Gourman Pl
                                                            going 60km/h is 70% more likely to die from their
                 Victoria, BC V9B 6A9                       injuries than if the car was going 50km/h?
                                                            With school back in session, foot traffic on roads
                              •                             and sidewalks will increase. It’s important to teach
                                                            children how to stay safe when crossing the street
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                                Kudos to
                   One Six Board Shop and BC Transit
                                        By Janelle Breese Biagioni

The Cridge Centre for the Family                                         our communities. I also suggested
Brain Injury Program and Headline                                        that BC Transit and One Six Board
applauds BC Transit and One Six                                          Shop would make an important and
Board Shop for their willingness to                                      welcomed statement to our children,
redesign an ad for a safer commu-                                        youth and young adults by revising
nity message.                                                            the advertisement to show a skate-
                                                                         boarder wearing a helmet.
In June, as the Community Pro-
gram Coordinator for the Cridge                                             I wasn’t confident that the letter
Centre for the Family Brain Injury                                          would have much impact, but rather
Program and Editor of Headline,                                             saw it as an opportunity to promote
I wrote to BC Transit after seeing                                          prevention and education during
an advertisement on the back of a bus for One Six         Brain Injury Awareness Month. However, only days
Board Shop. Although attractive and eye-catching,         later, I received a positive response from Maureen
the ad showed a skateboarder without a helmet             Sheehan, Director of Business Services. Ms. Shee-
performing a jump. I did visit the shop’s website and     han reported that BC Transit had spoken with their
found it perplexing that the boarder in the ad was        advertising agency and One Six Board Shop and
not wearing a helmet, given the shop sells them.          all three of them agreed that revising the ad would
                                                          present a safer message. Their commitment to
In my letter to BC Transit, I provided information
                                                          “present a safer message” will help us build a safer
on brain injury and stated my hope would be that
                                                          community – THANK YOU!
BC Transit would review their policies to ensure
that future advertisements on buses are respon-           For more information on One Six Board Shop, visit
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                                            The Vicious Pain Cycle
                                                                  by: Stephen Lau

Life is never pain-free. But pain                                                                  Depression intensifies the
not only ages, but also harms                                                                      sensitivity to physical pain.
and debilitates the physical                                                                       In addition, depression may
body. Worst, it may become                                                                         lead to decline of distracting
chronic and recurrent, forming a                                                                   activities that may alleviate
vicious pain cycle.                                                                                the sensation of pain. Further-
                                                                                                   more, reduction in distract-
As you are getting older, you will
                                                                                                   ing activities means reduced
probably be experiencing some,
                                                                                                   production of serotonin (a
if not more, physical pain. The
                                                                                                   chemical that lifts mood). As a
main sources of pain are injury
                                                                                                   result, depression may further
or damage to a body part, such
                                                                                                   deepen. Chronic depression
as bones, ligaments, muscles,
                                                                                                   causes mental and physical
and skin, or to an internal organ,
                                                                                                   fatigue, leading to poor sleep,
such as a disease or disorder. A
                                                                                                   which not only precipitates
complete cure of pain is prob-
                                                                                                   inactivity but also depletes
ably unlikely, but comfort is criti-
                                                                                                   endorphins, the body’s own
cal to an individual experiencing
                                                                                                   opioid-like substances to sup-
acute or chronic pain.
                                                                                                   press pain. This further inten-
Unfortunately, pain often produces a vicious pain                          sifies the perceptions of pain.
cycle. To deal with recurrent pain, you need to be
                                                                           To avoid more pain, the body tends to reduce its mo-
aware of how a vicious pain cycle is initiated.
                                                                           bility, and immobility leads to muscle inflexibility and
Pain begins with the nerves. When pain occurs, it will                     muscle strain, and thus spreading the pain.
send pain signals to the brain through the spinal cord
                                                                           To break the vicious pain cycle, we must prevent or
and the entire expanse of nerves outside the spinal
                                                                           alleviate, if not stop, the pain.
cord. The brain interprets the signals, and sends out
the perceptions of pain. Then you feel the physical                        To prevent pain, exercise regularly to enhance mus-
impact of pain. Reactions and responses to pain may                        cle flexibility to avoid injury that causes pain in the
vary considerably from one individual to another.                          first place. To alleviate pain, resist from taking pain-
Your reaction to pain is dependent on the level of                         killers, which treat only the symptoms without remov-
your pain tolerance, rather than on your pain thresh-                      ing the causes. All drugs are toxic chemicals, which
old.                                                                       are acidic in nature and which have the potential to
                                                                           produce in the body more free radicals that perpetu-
When pain attacks, your body releases different
                                                                           ate the pain. There are other alternative therapeutic
chemicals as a defense against the attack of pain.
                                                                           options to treat pain, such as acupuncture, aroma-
Afterwards, the nerves that carry the pain signals be-
                                                                           therapy (using essential oils of herbs and medicinal
gin to repair. However, the repair process may not be
                                                                           plants), herbal therapy (using seeds, stems, flowers,
complete in that the stress on the spot that originates
                                                                           roots, barks, and leaves of plants), which are as ef-
the pain can also trigger pain elsewhere. The stress
                                                                           fective as pharmaceutical drugs.
can cause the release of hormones, such as norepi-
nephrine, to fight the pressure, causing fatigue and                       The bottom line: Don’t let yourself form a vicious pain
depression.                                                                cycle.
                                                                           Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau

                                             •   Community Integration     About The Author
                                                                           For more information on the wisdom of healthy living, go to
                                             •   Driver Rehabilitation
                                                                           Stephen Lau’s website
                                             •   Cognitive FCE             Stephen Lau is a writer and researcher with books and websites
  community therapists                       •   OTs, PTs, SLPs, RAs       on health, Chinese healing, mental depression, eating disor-
   Building skills. Empowering people.       •   GVRD, Fraser Valley,      ders, golf, and money matters. For more information on pain
                                                 Van. Island, Sea-to-Sky   management, visit his web page Pain Management: http://www.
                                                                           A link to the site (either by printing the URL,
                       604-681-9293, Ext 153                     , or by providing an anchor tag to
                #207-5740 Cambie St. Vancouver, BC V5Z 3A6                 that location, depending on the medium) is suggested

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                              Remembering Jennifer Wonders
                                                       By Kelly Sharp

 Jennifer Wonders was involved with the Brain                              tious worker always wanting what was best for
 Injury Community for the past several years                               those she worked with. This meant travelling
 and worked with people with a variety of                                  abroad to both attend and present at conferences
 disabilities for most of her life. She began her                          where she would bring information back and
 career as a recreation therapist in Edmonton,                             readily share it with those that needed it most.
 Alberta and was later drawn to the beauty of                              In addition to her work at GF Strong, she was
 the Pacific Northwest Ocean, where she even-                              also involved with the Pacific Coast Brain Injury
 tually settled in West Vancouver. She obtained                            Conference and was responsible for the organi-
 her Master’s degree in Vocational Rehab                                   zation and coordination of the program content
 Counselling in California and worked in this                              during its 20th year. This was a natural fit for
 field for 20 years creating programs that                                 Jennifer as she strongly believed in providing
 assisted injured workers to return to work.                               opportunities to support new and innovative
 She came to work at GF Strong Rehabilita-                                 education as well as opportunities for people to
 tion Centre in 2003 where she joined Vocational Rehab          connect with one another from around the province. Her
 Services as a vocational counsellor. Her enthusiasm and        contributions to the growing field of knowledge around
 positive energy were infectious and she was a true asset to    brain injury are well recognized.
 any team she was involved with. She went on to become
                                                                Sadly, Jennifer had been battling ovarian cancer for the
 the Educator on the Acquired Brain Injury Program at
                                                                past 2 years and passed away on July 3, 2010. She was
 GF Strong in 2004. She was invaluable in this position
                                                                a wonderful colleague and friend to all whose lives she
 where she traveled around the province educating profes-
                                                                touched. She will be sorely missed but her smile, laughter
 sionals, survivors, as well as family and friends of brain
                                                                and endless energy will be forever remembered.
 injury survivors. Jennifer always took the initiative when
 it came to learning new information. She was a conscien-

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       GF Strong School Program
The GF Strong School Program is a Provincial              ity of the injury, and the impact on learning. Medical
Resource Program, funded by the Ministry of Edu-          documentation and a neuropsychological assess-
cation and administered by the Vancouver School           ment are required to support the designation.
Board. The School Program is a long standing part-
                                                          Acquired brain injury is considered a developmental
nership between the Vancouver School Board and
                                                          disability: the long term impacts of the injury un-
GF Strong Rehab Centre (Vancouver Coastal Health
                                                          fold gradually and are revealed over time. Ongoing
Authority). There are 1.5 teachers and a full time
                                                          monitoring of a student’s program and progress is
Special Education Assistant working in the program.
                                                          essential as a student moves through the school
The School Program serves all youth, ages 12 to           system. Transitions are also very important to an-
19 (and older!), who are admitted to GF Strong. It        ticipate and monitor: including transitioning from
primarily serves the Adolescent and Young Adult           elementary to secondary school and transitioning to
Program (AYA). The GF Strong School Program is            post-secondary programs.
the focal point of the AYA Program as attending
                                                          The GF Strong School Program staff also consult
school is considered “the work of adolescence”.
                                                          to the Community Brain Injury Program for Children
The teaching staff are part of the GF Strong rehab
                                                          and Youth (Centre for Ability) as well as respond to
team and work collaboratively with all team mem-
                                                          general inquiries from parents and teachers.
bers. The classroom provides a supportive and so-
cially familiar learning environment for adolescents      Teaching Students with Acquired Brain Injury: A
and young adult clients.                                  Resource Guide for Schools is a valuable resource,
                                                          available online from the BC Ministry of Education
The GF Strong School Program works with students
with newly acquired disabilities and congenital dis-
abilities. A major focus of the School Program is         For further information, please contact Robyn Littleford,
working with students with acquired brain injuries:       Department Head, GF Strong School Program, 604-737-
from concussion to severe brain injury and from           6420.
many, many different causes.
Students with acquired brain injuries are assessed
academically by the school staff. A remedial pro-
gram, based on the team’s assessment results, is
implemented, and is often based on actual academ-
                                                                       Personal Injury
ic curriculum (usually English and Math).
Return to school after a traumatic brain injury is
challenging. Most teachers have never taught a
student with a brain injury and given the uniqueness
of each injury, and the uniqueness of each student,
returning to school following an injury needs to be
carefully considered for each individual student.
The most important aspect of the School Program’s
work is reintegrating students back to their home
schools. The connection to a student’s home school
is through the GF Strong School Program and plan-
ning for school return commences as soon as the              We can help
student is admitted to GF Strong. Education about
brain injury is integral to a successful school return.      “If you’ve been seriously
Because brain injury impacts a student’s thinking            injured by someone else,
skills, many students with brain injury require an           we will achieve a fair
individualized academic program, including learn-            resolution to properly
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  Excellent Fitness Tips and After - Workout Nutrition
                                                              by: Robert D. Franklin

What do you think you can do to achieve excellent                         to feed your muscles with body-enhancing protein.
fitness results for overall health and lifestyle?                         By doing this, your metabolism keeps working all
1. Create a great strength training routine and inter-                    day by keeping your muscles at a high mass.
val cardio to your workouts. You don’t have to do                         As you’ve probably heard before, your after workout
the same thing constantly. Muscle is needed to con-                       nutrition could be the most important meal of your
tinue your high metabolism, and you need cardio to                        day.
carry a strong heart. Therefore, it’s beneficial to find
                                                                          The reason is that when you’re finished with an
a correct balance.
                                                                          intense workout, you begin to excessively break
2. Implement whole body movements in your                                 down muscle tissue. The primary way to revert this
strength training. You definitely want to keep a con-                     and promote an anabolic state is to drink up a deli-
stant movement going during your whole routine.                           cious, digestible shake or smoothie immediately
You could even try raising your arms over your head                       after workout. Choose a quick meal with necessary
while squatting and you’d be able to tell how your                        carbohydrates to revitalize your muscle and needed
heart rate increases quickly. Keep your body mov-                         protein to jump start muscle repair.
ing through your entire routine and you’ll have sweat
                                                                          The post-workout meal should generally contain
build up as much as in a cardio workout.
                                                                          between 300-500 calories to get the best response.
3. It’s beneficial that during the day, you consistently                  Even though healthy fats would be good to have in
eat. And, it’s extremely important to implement                           the meal, remember to keep the fat content ex-
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     PACIFIC COAST BRAIN                                      INJURY CONFERENCE
                                    Real People with Real Lives
The 21st Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference,                                      Two of the featured panel-
(PCBIC 2010) Canada’s premier national conference                                    ists include Captain Trevor
on acquired brain injury, returns November 17-19,                                    Greene and his wife, Deb-
2010 with the theme: Real People with Real Lives:                                    bie. The couple will share
Practical Strategies for Living Well after Brain Injury.                             their inspirational story of
                                                                                     triumphs over incredible
The conference will deliver dynamic speakers, dis-
                                                                                     challenges and the power
cussions, and opportunities for interactive round-
                                                                                     of determination, love and
table learning and networking with researchers and
people whose lives have been impacted by brain
injury.                                                    Visit the PCBIC 2010 website ( for
                                                           information about other panel speakers and their
The event includes Satellite Conferences in Prince
                                                           discussion topics.
George and Victoria, featuring live simultaneous
broadcasts from Vancouver of keynote speakers, as                     Thursday, November 18
well as roundtable discussions and experts focused                    and Friday, November 19
on community-specific issues.
                                                           Thursday and Friday will feature Keynote presen-
Join a diverse cross-section of the brain injury           tations from the speakers listed below, as well as
community, including survivors, family members,            Question and Answer sessions, and Roundtable
health-care professionals, researchers, and legal          discussions lead by experts:
and insurance professionals to:
                                                                           Dr. Roberta DePompei, Profes-
• Increase your understanding of the challenges                            sor and Director of the School of
  faced by people living with brain injury                                 Speech-Language Pathology at the
• Develop new partnerships and strengthen                                  University of Akron
  existing relationships                                                   Session Title: Strategies to En-
• Enhance awareness of education, services and                             hance Memory and Organization for
  programs, as well as advances in brain injury                            Persons with Cognitive-Communi-
  research                                                                 cative Challenges
• Learn about the Online Education & Social                Session Description: Persons with ABI often ex-
  Network to be officially launched at the                 hibit difficulty with memory and organization. This
  Conference                                               session will outline behaviors that indicate memory
                                                           and organization is an issue and suggest interven-
Register at before September 30th
                                                           tions that may help. Research results and practical
and Save up to $200!
                                                           applications from trials using PDAs as prosthesis

    Conference Program
                                                           for memory and organization will be presented. Our
                                                           research demonstrates that the use of cell phones
PCBIC 2010 has a world-class program of speakers           and PDAs can enhance independence of persons
and panelists confirmed.                                   with brain injuries. Results of the onsite trials and
                                                           applications to real world environments will be pro-
                  Wednesday,                               vided.

                  November 17                              Greg Goldberg, Brain Injury Survi-
Beginning on Wednesday evening, a panel of                 vor, Inspirational Speaker and Au-
survivors and families will share their stories and        thor of “The Organ of Intelligence”
experiences about how living with a brain injury has       Session Title: Time with the Tem-
changed their lives, what they have learned, and           poral Lobe
practical advice for others affected by brain injury.
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Session Description: Using illustrations and an-                                   Ms. Mary Benson, Brain Injury
ecdotes from his own personal experience, Greg                                     Survivor, member of the National
connects with audiences that are taking the journey                                Para Nordic Development Team
that he started years ago and is still on. He will em-                             and Canadian Paralympic Nordic
power them to face the challenges of a head injury                                 Team
and give them renewed confidence to succeed.                                       Session Title: Healing Through
Greg will give head injured individuals and their                                  Sport: My Paralympic Journey
supporters the tools, skills, strategies and encour-
agement to overcome the injury to the best of their       Session Description: Mary Benson will describe
ability.                                                  the impact that recreational activities have had on
                                                          her life since suffering from a brain injury in 1999.
Dr. Jeffrey Kreutzer, Director of                         As a member of Canada’s Paralympic Team, rec-
Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation                        reation, sport and leisure activities truly helped her
Psychology at Virginia Common-                            to heal her life. It has given her a life beyond my
wealth University                                         wildest dreams. She is a “Real” person and this
Session Title: Recovering relation-                       has been her “Real” life for over 10 years as a brain
ships after brain injury: A guide for                     injury survivor.
survivors and family members
                                                                      Online Education &
Session Description: In the long
term, loneliness and loss of relationships may be
                                                                       Social Network
                                                          PCBIC 2010 will include the official launch of the
one of the most painful changes that follow brain         Online Education & Social Network, which is be-
injury. Years after injury, many survivors talk about     ing developed to provide information, education
feeling alone and misunderstood even when they            and social networking resources for survivors and
have friends and family to spend time with. This          families. It will be a one-stop shop for learning and
presentation will discuss how and why relationships       networking resources, acting as a conference that is
normally change after brain injury. Practical infor-      running on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week.
mation will be provided to help survivors and family
members improve existing relationships and estab-         Come and join the discussion, enjoy the learning
lish new relationships on the road to recovery.           and leave the Conference with real and practical
                                                          strategies and tools for living well after brain injury.
                 Christopher Nowinski, Author of
                 “Head Games: Football’s Concus-
                 sion Crisis”
                 Session Title: Head Games: The
                 Sports Concussion Crisis
                  Session Description: Chris will be
                  speaking about how brain injury
                  occurs, how the brain is affected by
injury, how brain injuries can be prevented and the       	    Joseph	A.	Zak				        Kevin	D.	Cowan				   David	J.	Marr,	Q.C.
current research and treatment options. The aim of
his presentation is to bring awareness to the group
about the consequences of traumatic brain injury as
a result of sports-related concussions.
                                                              “We care about your future”
Dr. Cheryl Wellington, Professor                               A team of experienced professionals sensitive to
in the Department of Pathology &                                the needs of both the survivor and the family.
Laboratory Medicine at the Univer-
sity of British Columbia
Session Title: Horizons of Hope for
Treating Brain Injury
Session Description: Dr. Wellington
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   Registration Information                                                   Venue & Accommodation
Take advantage of Early Bird rates, until Septem-                                   Information
ber 30, and save up to $200! With only two months                        To connect Brain Injury communities across British
until PCBIC 2010, registration is filling up! Visit                      Columbia this year’s conference will be held in three for more information and to register                       locations simultaneously: Vancouver, Prince George
today!                                                                   and Victoria. The locations are as follows:
Registration fees at all venues include:                                 Vancouver
• Wednesday’s Evening Reception                                          Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre ($159 single or
• Attendance of all Conferences Sessions on                              double occupancy per room, per night plus taxes)
  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday                                         1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
• Thursday’s Online Education Reception                                  Phone: 604-893-7120
• Coffee and Tea Breaks, Thursday’s Lunch
  and Friday’s Breakfast                                                 Prince George
                                                                         University of Northern British Columbia (Visit www.
                                          Vancouver      Prince George
                                                           & Victoria for a list of recommended hotels)
                                                                         3333 University Way – Building to be announced
Early Bird Full Registration               $450             $225
                                                                         Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9
Early Bird Student                         $350             $125         Phone: 250-960-5555
Regular Rate Full Registration             $650             $325         Web:
Regular Rate Student                       $450             $225         Victoria
                                                                         University of Victoria (Visit
Survivor                                    $50              $50         for a list of recommended accommodations)
                                                                         3800 Finnerty Road – Building to be announced
                                                                         Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
                                                                         Phone: 250-721-7211
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     Cross Canada Cycle for Brain Injuries                               PCBIC 2010 c/o Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc.
                                                                         Suite 206, 201 Bewicke Ave.
   Brad Cownden was inspired by his Aunt’s re-                           North Vancouver, BC, Canada V7M 3M7
   covery following an acquired brain injury. Brad                       Phone: 1-604-984-6448
   collaborated with the Brain Injury Association                        Fax: 1-604-984-6434
   of Canada to cycle across Canada as a means                           Email:
   of raising awareness and money to support                             Web:
   rehabilitative programs for survivors of brain                        The 21st Pacific Brain Injury Conference is in collaboration with:
   injury across Canada. Brad began his ride in
   June 2010. For more information on brain-
   StormRIDE and to read Brad’s blog, visit www.

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Government Resources

                                                             I    N    T     E    R     N    E     T
Regional Health Authority’s ABI Coordinators:
Fraser Health - Aquired Brain injury Program-604-520-4175
Interior Health Authority-250-870-4664,
Contact Name: Deborah Preston
Northern Health-250-565-2640,
Contact Name: Jana Pirsel
                                                            If you would like your Web Page
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority-604-714-4159
Vancouver Island Health Authority- 250- 370-8699,               listed call 604-274-1251
Contact Name: Judith Armstrong
Enquiry BC-to locate Provincial Government Departments
                                                                 Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference
• Lower Mainland 604-660-2421
• Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-663-7867
                                                                      BC Brain Injury Association
• Victoria 250-387-6121
Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology:
Open Learning Information:
                                                             Campbell River Head Injury Support Society
• In and Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-663-1633                     
Student Loan Information:                                       Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
• Lower Mainland 604-660-2610                                      
• Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-561-1818- select 1 then 5        Central Okanagan Brain Injury Society
Public Guardian & Trustee of British Columbia:                     
• 700-808 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 3L3           
Victim’s Info Line:                                               Comox Valley Head Injury Society
• 1-800-563-0808                                               
Adult and Youth Addiction Services:                                 Nanaimo Brain Injury Society
• Lower Mainland 604-660-9382                                       
• Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-663-1441                            Powell River Brain Injury Society
                                                              Prince George Brain Injured Group Society
Community Resources                                                      Brain Injury Resources
                                                                   Ontario Brain Injury Association
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
Advocacy Access Program for assistance with provincial
and federal disability benefits                                      Brain Injury Association USA
Lower Mainland 604-872-1278                                       
Outside Lower Mainland 1-888-663-1278                          South Okanagan Similkameen BI Society
Bus Pass for Persons with Disabilities and Seniors                   Victoria Brain Injury Society
Lower Mainland 604-682-0391                                         
Outside Lower Mainland 1-888-661-1566                                   The Perspective Network
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC                                    
Lower Mainland Voice and TTY 604-515-9455                                  The TBI Chat Room
Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-663-0004                             
Community Brain Injury Program for Children & Youth in BC                  G.F. Strong Rehab
Toll Free 1-877-451-5511                                                                                                     BC Eplilepsy Society
Epilepsy BC
                                                                            Headway Centre
Lower Mainland 604-875 6704
                                                             Howe Sound Rehabilitation Services Society
Outside Lower Mainland 1-866-374-5377
Victoria 250-475-6677
                                                                  Northern Brain Injury Association
Information Services Vancouver                                      

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                                                                               A Soldier’s
                                                                               Long Battle
                                                                               to Recover
                                                                                   By Debbie Greene

My involvement with brain injury began on March 4,       relatively unscathed. There were no other visible
2006 when I heard a knock at the door. Our daugh-        wounds. Doctors briefed us immediately. From my
ter Grace, who was just over a year old, was asleep      recollection, the main concern seemed to be the
in her crib upstairs. Trevor had been in Afghanistan     vicious bacteria he was fighting in his lungs. I don’t
for about two months. I opened the door to two           remember the doctors telling us the serious nature
army officers. They said Trevor had been wounded.        of his head injury. In hindsight, it was obvious how
I don’t remember who was at the door or exactly          serious it was but we were all blissfully ignorant.
what they said. I only remember that when I asked if     After 10 days in Germany, Trevor was flown to
Trevor would be coming home, they answered quite         Vancouver General Hospital. After doctors assessed
solemnly that he would be coming home. What they         him, we met in a small meeting room in ICU with the
didn’t say was that they didn’t know if he would         attending neurosurgeon, a nurse, and a chaplain.
come home on a stretcher or in a coffin.                 They told us very seriously that the damage to his
The only information they had was that he had been       brain was so severe that he would not come out of
attacked. One TV report said that Trevor had been        his coma. And, even if he did, he would be a veg-
hit in the back of the neck with an axe. I was naively   etable. They told us the axe had gone in 2 cm into
relieved to hear that he had actually been hit in the    the motor cortex area of his brain. There was also
head and not the neck, which would have left him         diffused swelling throughout his brain. That day, all
paralyzed. As family and friends gathered to pray        our hope was shattered. Trevor’s parents, and my
for Trevor in our living room, doctors in Kandahar       sister and I left the hospital with all the sadness a
were working hard to stabilize him for the flight to     family could bear.
the multinational hospital in Germany, where the         Over the next few weeks, Trevor did begin to open
most serious casualties were taken.                      his eyes but it was like his soul wasn’t in his body.
When we arrived in Germany, Trevor was in a              He could move his eyes around a bit but couldn’t
medically induced coma. The neurosurgeons had            interact with us. I was told he was in a vegetative
removed two large pieces of his skull to allow his       state. Until then, I had assumed Trevor would wake
brain to swell safely. Despite his swollen and tightly   up from his coma and everything would be fine. I
bandaged head and all the tubes, monitors and            was totally ignorant and in complete denial. I had
drains attached to his body and head, he looked          never heard anything about brain injuries and I never
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knew anyone with a brain injury. That day I started             which modality worked, but I can only assume they
my research. What I found was devastating.                      all promoted better healing conditions.
At a brain injury seminar at GF Strong four years               We weren’t only battling a brain injury; we were
ago, I was told most healing happens in the first few           battling a medical system that does not have the
months and maximized at two years. I was sur-                   resources to help someone with a brain injury. It
prised. I had always thought that if given the right            became acutely clear to me why someone in the
conditions, the body would heal itself. I couldn’t              hospital unable to speak for his or herself needs an
believe the brain would be any different. One night             advocate. The first instance was when Trevor’s pro-
on the internet, I read about “neuroplasticity” or              tective boots went missing in the first week at VGH.
the rewiring of the brain. For me, it made the dif-             The air-filled boots were given to him in Germany
ference between hope and despair. I thought that                and were meant to keep his ankles in proper posi-
IF the brain is capable of fixing itself, WE could do           tion to prevent contractures and pressures sores.
it. I knew Trevor had the determination to pull it off.         Nobody in ICU had seen them and they had nothing
Being in a vegetative state was not a good place to             similar at the hospital. I would come to realize the
start.                                                          importance of these boots much later when his feet
                                                                became so badly contracted they were permanently
The doctors said with brain injuries, it’s a “wait and
                                                                pointed down like a ballet dancer’s. Only surgery
see” approach. I didn’t believe in that method. If
                                                                and a halo-style frame with 15 rods into his feet and
I have a cut, I use Polysporin and it literally heals
                                                                calves would correct the damage.
faster because I’ve given the cut better conditions
for healing. I couldn’t find a manual on how to pull            When Trevor left for Afghanistan he was 205lbs
someone out of a vegetative state so I had to use               and in top physical shape. While in hospital, he
my own initiative. The first thing I did was enlist the         lost nearly a quarter of his weight. I wrongly as-
help of a local healer who someone had said great               sumed the hospital would heal him past the acute
things about. I played classical music, did reflex-             stage. After many setbacks in the hospital including
ology and reiki, and brought in colours, pictures,              two bouts of pneumonia, a failed cranioplasty and
videos, scents and anything to “pull him back into              severe pressure sores, I realized I had to become
his body”. I was cautioned not to overstimulate his             actively involved in his care.
brain so I did it in small doses and allowed him lots
                                                                I could fill a book on our 13 months in hospital. I’ll
of rest. After a few months I started using vitamins,
                                                                share with you just a few of the lowlights. One inci-
traditional Chinese herbs, acupuncture and cranial
                                                                dent was when I noticed swelling in one of Trevor’s
sacral therapy with him. Unfortunately I can’t say
                                                                legs. The nurse didn’t know what the problem could

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be but would “make a note of it”. The following day,          ily involvement is crucial”. I realized I had to keep
the swelling had increased and started on the other           Trevor focused on his future as a husband, father
leg. Again, I mentioned it to yet another new nurse           and advocate for him to want to stay the course.
who made no indication that she knew anything                 Only a mission that was bigger than himself would
about it. At that point, I insisted a doctor look at it.      motivate and inspire him.
That was when clots were found in both of his legs.           Fourteen months after Trevor’s injury, he was dis-
In order to protect him from the clots going to his           charged to a dingy brain injury rehab group home
lungs, he was scheduled to have surgery to insert             in Langley. It was a huge step up from the public
a mesh filter. The problem was that he kept getting           long-term care facility Trevor would have gone to
bumped and since they thought he was going for                had someone died sooner. I remember the day I
surgery anytime, they didn’t feed him…for two days.           was given a tour of George Pearson. Meals came
When I called from home and asked yet another                 out of vending machines. I bought a small package
new nurse, she told me she was new and didn’t                 of cheese and was disgusted to find mold. Seeing
know anything about it and was quote “too busy to             that and the depressing conditions, I resolved to
deal with me” unquote. This would become a con-               keep Trevor out of a long-term care facility. It didn’t
stant annoying refrain as nurse after nurse cycled in         matter what I had to do but I would bring him home
and out. On a positive note, Trevor was assigned a            with us at all costs.
wonderful physiotherapist who worked hard to get              I was overjoyed when I heard Trevor had been ac-
his muscles going again. Most of his limited rehab            cepted into the only slow stream brain injury rehab
time was spent just trying to keep Trevor awake,              facility in Canada but disappointed we had to leave
holding his head up and moving a thumb so he                  our home, our families and friends behind to get
could work the call button.                                   Trevor the help he needed. We were told he wasn’t
After a few months at VGH, our neurosurgeon                   eligible for GF Strong because of his care needs.
advised me to put Trevor in a long-term care facil-           We would go to Ponoka, Alberta almost 18 months
ity and “let him get on with his life”. I told him that I     after he was wounded. When I spoke to his new
would give this three years and see where we were             doctor in Alberta, she warned me that he would
at then. Two years later we were making progress.             likely regain no function due to the severity and
Enough progress to stay the course. One piece of              elapsed time since his injury and that they would
useful advice the doctor gave me was that “fam-               take him for a three-month medication trial only.

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I thought it would be futile to tell her that Trevor      we had visualized but he did make more progress
would be different. We would have to prove her            than anyone expected and has continued to prog-
wrong.                                                    ress at a constant pace.
When we arrived in Alberta, we were told all the          We moved to Nanaimo to be close to my family.
limitations to Trevor’s recovery. One of the big-         The first challenge was finding accessible hous-
gest impediments was his lack of awareness of his         ing. There was no registry available for accessible
disabilities. He also lacked initiation and believed      rentals. Our only option was to buy a house on short
he was going to Alberta for work on his voice only,       notice to keep our family together. We were lucky to
which was just a whisper. I was extremely disap-          find a house that did work for us. We put up Grace’s
pointed to be told that there can be awareness and        swing set, converted the garage to a gym and called
no recovery but there can’t be any recovery without       it home. We’ve never looked back.
                                                          Our life now – four years on – is often challeng-
The first thing I had to do was make him realize          ing but profoundly meaningful. We view Trevor’s
he had no independence. For 18 months he had              rehabilitation as our full-time job. Most of our days
been fed, washed and dressed by nurses or myself.         are devoted to physio and speech therapy, muscle
Every day, I would question him about his indepen-        stimulation, and computer exercises. It`s a job that
dence, and try to coax him out of this fog. Every-        is extremely rewarding and will continue to pay
day he told me he could walk, get out of bed, get         huge dividends. Our evenings are just for us to be
dressed, feed himself and brush his own teeth. He         a normal family. We play games, go for walks at the
even told me he had gone out to the store. When I         beach and go to the movies. We enjoy time with
asked him why the nurses were getting him out of          family and friends. We are lucky to have the help of
bed with the lift if he could do it on his own, he said   a talented young woman who doubles as a live-in
(and believed) it was their job. When I told him it’s     caregiver and physiotherapist. Before Edna, we en-
only their job for people who can’t do it themselves,     dured a constant parade of inconsistent caregivers
he called me a “logical bitch”. I never took it per-      from an agency.
sonally when he got upset because I was literally         We have seen that retraining the brain and body
backing him into a corner with logic.                     doesn’t have an endpoint. Improvements come
A few weeks after we arrived at the Centre his
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thankful! We were surprised when Trevor’s mother

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spent one night in a Nanaimo hospital for an ankle
injury and came home with an inspirometer…and
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every week now instead of every few months. In the                            Trevor and I often talk about what life would have
last year, Trevor has achieved the most progress                              been like without this injury but we both agree that
functionally than ever before.                                                our lives are richer and fuller because of it. It has
Earlier this year he was chosen as the subject of                             forged us into better people and better role models
a study to test the neuroplasticity theory, past the                          for Grace. We have banned the word “can’t” from
two-year mark. The study will track changes in                                our house. We don’t take anything for granted and
Trevor’s functionality over two years using functional                        trivial issues don’t bog us down anymore. I’ve come
MRI’s. The first MRI in May showed that the region                            to admire Trevor even more than I did before as I’ve
in the brain that typically controls left leg movement                        watched him rise to this incredible challenge with
appeared to be strongly active for the right leg as                           strength and dignity. We’ve developed a bond that
well. The bottom line is that other parts of his brain                        could never have been forged without this injury.
have taken over to help with recovery of function.                            We wouldn’t wish a brain injury on anyone yet we
What keeps me going is seeing the progress Trevor                             don’t resent that it happened. We have the benefit
continues to make every week and the incredible                               of looking at life through a different lens than oth-
bond that has developed between him and Grace.                                ers. We don’t have disagreements about who isn’t
She was only one when he went overseas. When                                  pulling their weight around the house, or finances or
she next saw him, he was in hospital coughing and                             spending too much time away from home. Our fam-
spewing loudly from his open trach. As he lay im-                             ily is the most cherished part of our life and working
mobile in his bed, she was learning to walk. It took                          to better the lives of those less fortunate whether
a long time to develop that bond but now she says                             that be a brain injury survivor or a poor Afghan fam-
she wants to marry him.                                                       ily. We were given life and our ambition now is to
                                                                              give back.
The hardest part for me is the loss of my freedom                             Debbie and Trevor Greene recently married in Nanaimo, BC.
and being constantly pulled in different directions by                        Currently, they are writing a book for Harper Collins, which is
two people who love and need me. I often struggle                             scheduled for release in 2011. The Greene’s are also present-
to find balance as a wife, mother and caregiver. To                           ing at the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference in Vancouver
avoid burning out, I plan time for myself around                              this November. For more information on their presentation, visit
Trevor’s appointments and Grace’s preschool ac-                     
tivities, even if it’s just for an hour. I know that if I
neglect myself, our whole family will suffer.

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                 Heads Up                               SOUTH OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN BRAIN INJURY SOCIETY
                                                        SOSBIS provides the following services: Case Man-
                     WHAT’S HAPPENING                   agement, Psychosocial Recreation, Peer Support
                                                        – Cognitive Enhancement, Family Support, Stroke
                    AROUND THE PROVINCE                 Recovery Support, Education, Personal Support,
                                                        Women’s Support and Prevention and Education.
                                                        For more information, visit
BVBIA offers case management services, and as-          TRI-CITIES BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
sistance with accessing rehabilitation programs,        Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support Group is a fun & ex-
one-on-one emotional support, family support, and       citing group for all ages. Every 1st Thursday of each
social and recreational activities. For more informa-   month from 2 - 4 pm we get together with friends
tion, call 250-877-7723.                                and/or family and discuss interesting topics (such
                                                        as our health, interests, future goals, etc.) and do
CAMPBELL RIVER HEAD INJURY SUPPORT SOCIETY              fun activities. So far, we got to know each other and
(CHRISS)                                                practiced our public speaking skills. At each of our
CHRISS provides education, advocacy, support,           meetings, two different members address a short 3
and fellowship. For more information, call 250-287-     to 5 minutes speech about a subject of their choice.
4323.                                                   Currently, we are organizing a small trip to watch
                                                        members go horseback riding. We are located at
COMOX VALLEY HEAD INJURY SOCIETY (CVHIS)                the Coquitlam Public Library - Poirier Branch on 575
CVHIS hosts a weekly drop in luncheon for a nomi-       Poirier Street. For more information, please con-
nal cost to survivors and their families. For more      tact Sandi Caverly at 604-916-5027 or stcaverly@
information, call 250-334-9225 or visit, or Martin Granger at martin_granger2006@ .                               members are welcome!

FVBIA Brain Injury Association offers programs,          You’re in Good Hands.
drop-in sessions and support groups. For more in-
                                                          Our goal is to assist our clients by obtaining
formation on FVBIA, call 604-557-1913 or (toll free)      funding for all of their immediate needs
1-866-557-1913 or email                   in order to maximize their potential for
                                                          recovery, while we proceed toward
KAMLOOPS BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION (KBIA)                  obtaining settlement or judgment that

KBIA offers many services and programs, including         allows a sustainable and encouraging
                                                          new future.
case coordination and life skills support. For more
information, call 250-372-1799.

NBIS offers rehabilitation and case management
services, disability benefits assistance, and work-
shops focusing on issues ranging from trauma
recovery to life skills strategies and anger manage-
ment. For more information, call 250-753-5600 or
visit their website at                                             250.360.2500
                                                              Personal Injury & Insurance Law
PRBIS provides support                   
and services for persons with acquired brain injury,
spouses, family members and caregivers included.          #1-505 Fisgard Street                            For more information, contact:
                                                                                                                         Barri Marlatt or
For more information, call 604-485-6065 or toll free      Victoria, BC V8W 1R3                                        Lorenzo Oss-Cech
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                                            By Janelle Breese Biagioni
 A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
                                   ~Sydney Smith (English writer and Clergyman)

If you did not see 10-year-old Jackie Evancho             encouragement and support? For that matter, can
perform on America’s Got Talent, visit You Tube and       you imagine how many adults could unleash a hid-
type in her name to catch the performance. This           den or undiscovered talent if given some encour-
little girl had me spellbound. Her tiny body doesn’t      agement and support?
match up to her huge voice. She sounds like Sarah
                                                          What talent do you possess? What have you always
Brightman (the original Christine in Phantom of the
                                                          wanted to do but thought you couldn’t? Maybe it is
Opera). What is so astounding is that she has been
                                                          singing. Perhaps it is to write a book. Or, perhaps
singing for only two years! She explained that her
                                                          you have always wanted to compete in a marathon.
family went to see Phantom of the Opera and she
                                                          Whatever the dream, your next question must be,
just started singing around the house. She is now
                                                          “Well, why haven’t I?” Fear of failure is generally the
taking vocal training; however, one can hear that
                                                          common barrier. What is the best way to deal with
she possesses a “God-given gift” in her voice.
                                                          that fear? Feel the fear and do it anyway!
This little girl is sweet, demure and profoundly
                                                          We are in the final quarter of 2010. It’s a perfect time
courageous to sing in front of millions of viewers. It
                                                          to challenge yourself to overcome the fear of failure
doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that behind
                                                          and allow yourself to follow your heart’s desire and
her confidence and courage, is a supportive family
                                                          do that one thing you have always wanted to do.
who believe in her and want to help her be all that
she can. Can you imagine how many more children           Make it an adventure… enjoy the journey… and try!
in this world would excel if they were given a little

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*This list updated Fall Issue, 2010.

                                                                              Support Groups
                                                                     Carol Paetkau                604-557-1913         TF 1-866-557-1913
Acquired Brain Injury Society of the Yukon                           Anne-Marie Yahn              867-668-5283
Alberni Valley Head Injury Society/Port Alberni                      Linda Kenny                  250-724-6772
Barriere/Merritt                                                     Terry-Lynne Stone            250-372-1799
British Columbia Brain Injury Association                            Jan Siwinski                 1-877-858-1788
Bulkley Valley Brain Injury Association                              Katherine Metz               250-877-7723
Burnaby Chinese Brain Injury Support Group                           Angela Kan                   604-877-8606
Campbell River Head Injury Support Society                           Shelley Howard               250-287-4323
Caribou Brain Injury Society                                         Shilo Toews                  250-392-7772
Central Okanagan Brain Injury Association                            Laurie Denton                250-762-3233
Chilliwack                                                           FVBIA                        604-557-1913         TF 1-866-557-1913
COBIS - Vernon Contact                                               Stacie Gadsby                250-306-2064
Comox Valley Brain Injury Society                                    Dixon Hiscock                250-897-1255
Comox Valley Head Injury Society                                     Winna Mitchell               250-334-9225
Cowichan Valley Head Injury Support Group                            Barb Grantham                250-748-9338
East Kootenay Brain Injury Association                               Dawn Widdifield              250-417-6220
Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association                               Carol Paetkau                604-557-1913         TF 1-866-557-1913
Golden Brain Injury Support Group                                    Donna Madden                 250-344-5688
Kamloops Brain Injury Association                                    Terry-Lynn Stone             250-372-1799
KBIA - Salmon Arm/Shuswap Contact                                    Teresa Wolfe                 250-833-0369
KBIA - Barriere/Merrit Contact                                       Terry-Lynn Stone             250-372-1799
Langley/Aldergrove Brain Injury Support Group                        FVBIA                        604-557-1913         TF 1-866-557-1913
Maple Ridge Support Group                                            Ian Moore                    604-944-9030
Mission                                                              FVBIA                        604-557-1913         TF 1-866-557-1913
Nanaimo Brain Injury Society                                         Mark Busby                   250-753-5600
B.R.A.I.N. (Brain Resource, Advocacy & Information Network)          Tina Suter                   604-540-9234
North Okanagan Shuswap Brain Injury Society (Salmon Arm/Shuswap)     Lori Wootten                 250-833-1140
Northern Brain Injury Association                                    Carmen Jose                  1-866-979-4673
Peace Country Society for Acquired Brain Injury                      Linda Proctor                250-782-7519
Powell River                                                         Deborah Dee                  1-866-499-6065
Prince George Brain Injured Group Society                            Alison Hagreen               250-564-2447      TF 1-866-564-2447
Sechelt/Sunshine Coast Brain Injury Support Group                    Rita Grenville               604-885-8524
South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society                      Dave Head                    250-490-0613
Terrace Brain Injury Support Group                                   NBIA                         1-866-979-4673
TriCities Support Group                                              Sandy Caverly                604-916-5027
Vancouver Survivors Support Group                                    Lillian Wong                 604-873-2385
Victoria Brain Injury Society                                        Barbara Erickson             250-598-9339
West Coast Support Network                                           Wanda McAvoy                 250-726-7459
West Kootenay Brain Injury Association                               Jackie Kellock               250-304-1259

*Please email name and phone number changes to to ensure this list is kept as up-to-date as possible.
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