September Letter from Sue

B.R.A.I.N. is in full Fall swing and our F.B.I. meetings have been vibrant and full. We will celebrate F.B.I.’s 3rd anniversary on Oct. 1st. The group has grown, impact has been felt and joy has been the mutual experience here at B.R.A.I.N. We were honored with some out of town guests at last week’s meeting, and we’ve enjoyed some record attendances at recent meetings this Fall. George Visger, former San Francisco 49er, scored big time when he spoke at F.B.I. last Tuesday. His motto for success by taking “short, choppy steps” was demonstrated by all of us after he spoke.

We held an appreciation dinner for our Military on 9/11. Over 100 veterans joined together with their family members to be honored and informed about TBI and PTSD. Post 295 of the American Legion presented the colors giving us the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance. A tasty barbecue was catered from Blake’s in Los Alamitos with all of the delicious side dishes. USMC Sergeant Major James Schickel (Ret) spoke of his own issues with PTSD and how he has appreciated the work of B.R.A.I.N. over the last two years. Dr. Yi Jin and his staff of the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach attended and we all learned about the positive results of MRT, (Magnetic Resonance Therapy), in treating PTSD and TBI. Dr. Jin also gave some simple yet profound tips for a healthier brain such as getting outside in the sun before 11am each day without glasses to help rebalance our circadian rhythm. Dr. Jin joins B.R.A.I.N. in its belief that prescribed medications for TBI and PTSD are not always the answer for the challenge. We look forward to more collaboration with The Brain Treatment Center in the future.

Whether you are a veteran or a civilian, the state of your brain is important and vital to your overall health and well being. We advocate for all of you who have sustained a brain injury. We hope you find help and healing here at B.R.A.I.N.

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