BRAINSTORMERS-ABI Support, Inc.
Brainstorming, is a true-life story, about a couple living the good life.
At age 56, Norm suffered a heart attack and as a result has a brain injury. He was riding his bicycle in Del Mar when he collapsed. After waking from his coma he had to relearn the basic skills of life, such as walking, talking, dressing, eating, etc. I started my new role as a caregiver.
Each time a person survives a brain injury and is released from the hospital, the family faces the looming question: What now? Granted, great strides are being made in the world of medicine as doctors have learned to save more lives due to faster and better emergency services. But, we must get better at providing a support system.
I found that with traumatic brain injury we received medical care only as long as our insurance would pay. Once Norm was released, we had nowhere to go and I could not find any information that would guide me in my new role as a caregiver.
We founded and currently facilitate a brain injury support group, Brainstormers-ABI Support, Inc. The group is about fifteen years old and has 15-20 active members, including caregivers.
Our mission is to support brain injured survivors, their families and caregivers by providing resources, services, education and information that improves their quality of life. Before each meeting we hold a computer workshop to help each person increase their skill level on the computer as well as programs that will help him or her relearn the skills that were lost.
Acquired Brain Injury is not necessarily an ending; it can be a beginning of a new and fulfilling life for both patient and caregiver alike.
Volunteers are always needed to help us accomplish our mission. Contact Dora@brainstormingbook.com to volunteer.
Brainstormers is a non-profit Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) public benefit corporation and is supported by donations.