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I survived Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma battered Florida for hours on Sunday and Monday. And I was smack dab in the middle of it. I believe that the eye may even have passed over my house!   And I realized that me and my family were somewhat prepared, but not as much as I’d have liked to have been for …

My Zazzling Adventure!

Dear readers, Today I want to talk to you about a recent addiction of mine. It’s called Zazzle. Basically, Zazzle is a print-on-demand site, where you can design your own t-shirts, phone cases, pillows, birthday cards, and pretty much anything else you can think of. My mom first got me interested in Zazzle as a way …

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, filled with joy, excitement, and passion (for whatever it is you’re passionate about!) And I hope the same for myself, too. It’s often difficult for us to just let go and have fun,  with all the worries that accumulate in our day to day lives. Bills. Money. Children. Crazy …

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

This easy meatless Ziti recipe is sure to knock your socks off! Or, you could always use a meat sauce with it, too. This Easy Baked Ziti Recipe has been adapted so that it’s easy to follow. Preparation: 20-25 min Cooking time: 35-45 minutes Serves: 4 (main dish) or 8 (side dish)   Dishes and utensils needed: …

Some of my favorite ASMRtists

You may be wondering what ASMR actually is, I didn’t even know it was a thing until maybe a year ago. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation felt on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and then moves down the neck and upper …

Ways to improve our memories

I originally wrote this for the Neurotransmitter, the quarterly newsletter for the St. Petersburg Brain Injury Support Group. I wanted to take some time to discuss ways to improve our memories. One of the most important ways to help boost your brain power and, in turn, your memory is by making sure you get enough sleep each night …

Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself

Book review – The Brain That Changes Itself written by Dr. Norman Doidge. Blog post by Barbara Casey  (Ian’s mom) When my son first acquired his brain injury, I was told that whatever state he was in at the 6-month mark was about the best we could expect for the rest of his life. You’d better believe I started …

What I enjoy reading (and you might, too!)

What I enjoy reading (and you might, too!) OK so my tastes in books might be described as… eclectic. I love a good spy novel. And I also love Janet Evanovich who is more of a “chickier” writer. Did I just invent a new word? OMG that would be so cool if I did. But I doubt it. I’m …

Five Things You Should Know About Your Friend With a Brain Injury

  Number one: don’t treat them differently simply because of their brain injury. Sure, if you were on a rugby team and your friend suddenly couldn’t play any longer, that’d be acceptable. But they’re still people with feelings and emotions. Number two: They may not be able to do everything as efficiently as they used to. This …

Are mobile games helpful in dealing with brain injuries?

How useful are mobile games in helping traumatic brain injury? When I say mobile games, I’m referring to things such as Words With Friends, Candy Crush Saga, and the like. I can’t find any data online to support either one side or the other, so I’m just going to use anecdotal evidence (namely my own experiences with them). …