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My name is Linda W. Arms.   I am a TBI survivor. My accident happened January 15, 2006. I am much improved but the effects of the injury are still with me and will be part of my life forever. Before the accident, I did not understand the impacts a brain injury can have. During the very dark days of the first years, I grieved for who I was and what I lost.  I despaired because I just was not getting better. Very slowly I saw improvements and now 10 years later I can say I am much, much better. My recovery was assisted by many medical providers and by the elusive “Brain Fairy” who works magic (good and bad) in our brains.

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In these past years, I learned much about brain injury to apply to my recovery.  Most of my research was on the Web where I often experienced brain overload when I tried to view or read web sites that were not friendly for a reader with TBI.  I collected many pieces of information during this time and I would like to share this with others who need to know more about traumatic brain injury. I try to give you a simple format with access to clearly presented information.   Although I prefer something even simpler than what you see here I have had to compromise between simplicity and functionality.    You may find links to some “busy” sites but I include them only because they offer some valuable or unique content. You can also read my blog to  learn more about my experiences during this long journey to improvement after a brain injury.   You may find things that sound very familiar to you.

Your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.   Remember I am not an expert in any way other than the experience of surviving a brain injury.   I do not claim to have any medical, legal, financial or any other expertise.   I am just one of many people whose life was changed by a traumatic brain injury and I share this information with you based on my experiences in recovery.

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9 Responses to “About Me

  1. Kathleen S Bartl

    Hi Mina, I just discovered you while doing research for my next set of Motivational Speaking engagements for Veterans with TBI. I myself am a TBI Survivor from a horse show jumping fall in 1996. I have been working very hard for the entire 20 years so far to continue to heal and regain an identity that makes me proud. I admire what you have done here and think you are providing a nice guiding light to those who struggle and get STUCK in their injury. Thank you for what you do. If I can post a piece about rehabilitation strategies that I have used, please let me know. I would be happy to share any information I have for those who are interested. I am also a published author of a Memoir about the journey through healing from a TBI. My Memoir is entitle THE FALL
    http://www.amazon.com/Fall-TBI–Injury-Recovery-Outside/dp/1516985966/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458080285&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+fall+kathi+bartl

    Kathleen Bartl
    kbartl8459@gmail.com

  2. Thanks once again, Mina, for your in-site and your good message… I understand much of what Gina Abbott says above. After all, tomorrow (Dec 2) is the three year anniversary of my own horse accident. I was hoping my mild contusion might get better faster but no way. In fact, the symptoms got even worse after back surgery this summer. I think the anesthetic must have added to it all. Loss, grief, depression, misunderstanding, and depending on my wife to pay the bills all takes its toll. But it is good to hear that Mina has improved some over the years…
    Oh, and my wife and I have a code phrase we often use: “Too hard of a question.” Then we know the brain just isn’t processing very well and there can’t be any more stimulation.

  3. Gabriel Aroian

    This is a great site! Please check out the foundation I started for TBI’s. on Facebook: http://m.facebook.com/TheArshProject?id=263054137121404&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fmobile%2Fs&_rdr

    • Gabriel Aroian

      I would love to hear your fees back and suggestions on how to improve the page,suggestions on becoming an effective foundation as well.

  4. Thank you so much for this website! I have added your link to the link directory I have at AVMalformation.Org, an information directory for Arteriovenous Malformation, in the “Related Illnesses” category. I hope you don’t mind, but I just wanted to let you know, in case you did not want your site there, or wanted any change in the descriptions.

    • Thank you for sharing my web site in your link directory. I appreciate getting the exposure. My goal is to educate and provide support to others who have been affected by brain injury.

  5. I am so sorry Gina! Yes, you are worth it and yes you are working as hard as you can. How long ago was this? Your brain takes a while to heal.Please try not to fall into depression becasue I believe it will make symptoms worse. I am 26 yrs post accident. It took literally YEARS of trial and error, and experiences to help me. I had therapy up to a point. But there are residual effects that I carry with me everyday. I have a facebook page, if you are on there, I’ll look you up if you don’t mind. ((HUGS)) Gina!

  6. Mina K.

    Unfortunately even our loved ones do not always get it when it comes to a brain injury. I think they need to be educated on what to expect from someone with TBI. I think http://www.tbiguide.com/index.html is a good resource as are others found on my site under “About TBI”. Are you still getting treatment?

  7. Gina Abbott

    Hi I had a TBI I was training for the Mongol derby which is a horse race of 1200km in Mongolia. Luckily I was very fit when I had my accident. I rode every morning for about 3 hrs and ran 10-15km in the evenings. I had my horses shoes taken off that morning and was riding through a labourers village there were kids up a tree that gave him a huge fright. When he was running home they threw stones at him. When he hit the brick paved driveway he slipped. Even though I was wearing a helmet my brain hit my own skull and I was in a coma for a month. I am still struggling with my walking, running is totally out the question. My periferor vision is terribly warped. I am really despairing!!! My parents tell me that I am a huge burden, asked for the accident and costing them far too much money – besides my father is building himself a holiday house on the farm he lives on and ownes that you can see from the kitchen of the current house and my mother bought herself a new car and took herself on holiday to india just after telling me that. I am really trying hard but my parents are telling me I am not working hard enough!!!

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