PTSD and TBI Resources

Pets for Vets Chicagoland

Welcome back to the Pets for Vets Chicagoland blog!

We hope that this blog will serve as an additional resource to our veterans who have given so much. Though it is a heavy topic to discuss, veteran suicide is an exceptionally important issue to us. The month of March is both Brain Injury Awareness Month and Self Harm Awareness Month, two problems that often go hand-in-hand for our veterans. Many soldiers return from their service with physical scars; but it is those wounds that we don’t see that can be the most dangerous. Veteran suicide occurs at an alarming rate with “roughly 22 former servicemen and women committing suicide every day”. (Nicks, Denver. “Report: suicide Rate Soars Among Young Vets.” Time. Time, 10 Jan. 2014.) Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include headaches, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and depression. These symptoms are disruptive and can become dangerous…

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Chapter 20: TBI – Closure

Reinventing Ann

IMG_0998 “Life is not about winning the race; Life is about finishing the race and how many people we can all help finish this race.”  ~ Marc Vero

I guess sometimes we finish suddenly, on both legs with working parts, and sometimes we finish slowly, losing parts along the way, but still moving towards the finish line, bringing along whatever we have left.  Pat finished his race on March 6, 2015, when he passed away peacefully in my arms with our children next to us.

We were supposed to have more time.  It wasn’t enough.  But when I looked around me at couples married a lifetime, struggling to face separation for health reasons or death, watching their pain as I bore mine, I realized that even after fifty or sixty years, they too will wish there had been more time.  When two people love each other and choose to spend their…

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TBI or TMI…..Huh!

You just have to Laugh...

When my friend, Lisa fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a traumatic brain injury almost six years ago, those of us in her inner circle, including Lisa, were completely unfamiliar with the rabbit hole we were entering.

Eventually, as we learned to navigate the medical system, the caregiver system, and the devastating financial consequences of just such a trauma, many in the inner circle, including Lisa became less and less cognizant of the fact that she continued to suffer from a TBI and that the long term ramifications were unknown and ongoing.

Because Lisa is an extremely lucky gal and has brilliantly navigated these shark-infested waters of unknown medical complications, many people, even in the medical field, and including Lisa, would take for granted that months and years into this recovery she was just fine.

So we would go to her neurologist, or neurosurgeon and they would tell…

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Betrayed by “Family”

Life as I Know It

Sorry if this post is crazy and rambling. I just need to vent.

Ugg, I don’t even know where to begin.   I want to shout it at the top of my lungs, I want to communicate the pain, frustration, and disappointment my  husband’s father just created.

After my last post, I was a little frustrated but thought things were okay.  My husband was coming home from his dad’s on Wednesday (yesterday morning).   Well that all changed when he texted me at about 8 our time and said I am coming home tonight.  I texted back okay and that I was excited to see him back sooner…. I figured he just wanted to be home sleeping in his own bed. He would be back late because it is about a 4 hour drive from there.

Well then I got a text saying “I am F’ing done with the company…

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[WEB SITE] Clinical Approach to Posttraumatic Epilepsy

TBI Rehabilitation


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common causes of acquired epilepsy, and posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) results in significant somatic and psychosocial morbidity. The risk of developing PTE relates directly to TBI severity, but the latency to first seizure can be decades after the inciting trauma. Given this “silent period,” much work has focused on identification of molecular and radiographic biomarkers for risk stratification and on development of therapies to prevent epileptogenesis. Clinical management requires vigilant neurologic surveillance and recognition of the heterogeneous endophenotypes associated with PTE. Appropriate treatment of patients who have or are at risk for seizures varies as a function of time after TBI, and the clinician’s armamentarium includes an ever-expanding diversity of pharmacological and surgical options. Most recently, neuromodulation with implantable devices has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy for some patients with refractory PTE. Here, we review the epidemiology, diagnostic considerations, and…

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Writing As Therapy

Daring 2 Pursue

Where do I begin? For four years where to begin has escaped me.

So here it goes…

When a traumatic event happens to you how do you find the words to explain it? How do you communicate to your family, friends, and colleagues that who you were before is not who you are now? How do you answer a question that on the surface seems so simple?

What is it like?

Are you different now?

Two very simple questions. They’re only four words. Finding the answer shouldn’t be so difficult. Or atleast you would think so.

Truth. I have been struggling to find the answer to those questions since 2010. Four years have gone by since my life changed forever. I survived a traumatic brain injury and a divorce in the same year. I survived falling off my horse, waking up in a hospital with no idea what year it…

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