Sue’s April 2015 Letter

Dear Friends of B.R.A.I.N., Sue_newsletter

With Think Tank 2015 now a memory, we have turned our attention to helping those brain injury survivors who continue to learn about us. A phone call, an email or someone walking through our doors often brings someone needing help with understanding their situation with brain injury. Whether you are a veteran or a civilian, our doors are open to you to check us out and see if we can be of service to you and your family.

We had a variety of activities the month of April here at B.R.A.I.N. One of our own Yoga Instructors, Abby Shroka was treated to a baby shower for her new little boy who is soon to be born. Our Wellness Coach, Brandon Skanderup and his sweet bride, Mandy were given a wedding shower provided by one of our own clients, James Novinger. Our Social Activities Coordinators, Christina Dovico and Allison Sayerstad organized a fun activity at Balboa Island in Newport Beach. The 3rd Annual Chalk Art Festival was fun to attend and brought many of our survivors together.

B.R.A.I.N. is honored to have Chris Neal as our Charity Golf Classic Chairwoman. She has years of experience directing tournaments for the LPGA. The event at the SeaCliff Country Club will be Monday, September 21st with the tee off time starting at 11:00 a.m. Check out our website for more information if you want to play, sponsor, or attend the dinner and silent auction.  It is going to be a highlight for 2015, for sure!

F.B.I. brought new faces and interesting stories in the month of April. Dr. Yi Jin from the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach spoke to the group and reminded us of the importance of getting our sleep on a regular basis, especially during the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. He brought up the fact that if we persist in getting up early every day regardless of what time we finally got to bed the night before, we will soon put our bodies on a regular and healthy circadian rhythm. He even instructed that getting outdoors without sunglasses an hour before noon every day can help our sleep patterns. Regular sleep is something that is often elusive for those with brain injuries. Correcting the sleep issues can result in some dramatic results. We loved hearing from our own Kurt Eickoff who says he is getting outside each day with his cup of coffee and it is helping him with his moods. Way to go, Kurt!

One of our FBI friends and survivors, Ron Wingard suffered the tragic loss of his dear wife, Patti. He came home from F.B.I. one Tuesday evening to find his wife had traveled ahead of him to her Heavenly home. The crushing blow of that news was real and so was the comfort that came to Ron as his B.R.A.I.N. family surrounded him with love and support. We held a memorial service here at B.R.A.I.N. open to all who wanted to show love and support to Ron and his family. Cornerstone Church in Long Beach generously offered to help with the expenses of the service and reception. Pastor Jerry Rueb lead a beautiful service and it is all because we love you, Ron, and we give God our grateful hearts for his care during this difficult time.

Thank you all for your love and support.

Sue Rueb