Angela’s May 2014 Letter

Dear friends,

The month of May at Friends of Brain Injury (FBI) was dedicated to understanding how male and female brains are different. In Dr. John Medina’s book, Brain Rules we explored how we as men and women think, feel, desire, play and so much more. At the beginning of the month we challenged the men and women to a game of jeopardy on topics specific to the knowledge of each gender. One evening we highlighted care giving from the male and female perspectives. Care giving is one of the hardest things a person can take on. It is 24/7 type of no paid employment. Daniel Juare shared his story caring for his wife with her needs of tracheostomy care, tube feeding, and being her “human prop.” His wife Christina suffered a massive arteriovenous malformation nine years ago. I am moved each week as I witness the dedication given to the survivors by their loving caregivers. I am in awe of the growth seen in our survivors and their caregivers when they attend our weekly meeting.

We are called to love one another and to extend our arms to help others who need assistance or friendship. Our Brain Cells program is one way we transform the lives of our survivors. Read more about Brain Cells on our website. You might find yourself wanting to be a part of this program. It involves a weekly phone call, text and a face-to-face connection monthly. You will learn about yourself as you make a huge difference in someone’s life with a brain injury.

As I close, remember that every 21 seconds a brain injury occurs in this country. Set your priorities straight and slow down. You will be happier, calmer and you may enjoy life a bit more.

Come visit us on Tuesday nights in June!

Hope to see you soon,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

FBI Group Facilitator

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