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Tips for Communicating with People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Some people with TBI may have trouble concentrating or organizing their thoughts. If you are in a public area with many distractions, consider moving to a quiet or private location, and try focusing on short-term goals.
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  • Be prepared to repeat what you say, orally or in writing. Some people with TBI may have short-term memory deficits.
  • If you are not sure whether the person understands you, offer assistance completing forms or understanding written instructions and provide extra time for decision-making. Wait for the individual to accept the offer of assistance; do not “over-assist” or be patronizing.
  • Be patient, flexible and supportive. Take time to understand the individual, make sure the individual understands you and avoid interrupting the person.

 

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Living with A Brain Injury – What You Need To Know

Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. Brain injury affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel. It can change everything about us in a matter of seconds. The most important things to remember:
• A person with a brain injury is a person first
• No two brain injuries are exactly the same
• The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person
• The effects of a brain injury depend on such factors as cause, location, and severity 

 

2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, the leading causes of TBI are:

• Falls (40.5%)
• Other/Unknown (19%)
• Struck by/against events (15.5%)
• Motor Vehicle-traffic crashes (14.3%)
• Assaults (10.7 %)

A Healthy Brain
To understand what happens when the brain is injured, it is important to realize what a healthy brain is made of and what it does. The brain is enclosed inside the skull. The skull acts as a protective covering for the soft brain. The brain is made of neurons (nerve cells). The neurons form tracts that route throughout the brain. These nerve tracts carry messages to various parts of the brain. The brain uses these messages to perform functions. The functions include coordinating our body systems, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and metabolism; thought processing; body movements; personality; behavior; and the senses, such as vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links with other parts of the brain to form more complex functions. All parts of the brain need to be working well in order for the brain to work well. Even “minor” or “mild” injuries to the brain can significantly disrupt the brain’s ability to function.

An Injured Brain
When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.


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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

screen-shot-2017-03-04-at-11-57-07-amFulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Objectives—

screen-shot-2017-03-04-at-11-56-55-am1) Keep People Working:  To provide financial support to individuals whose careers have been altered due to permanent injuries or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of obtaining vocational counseling, educational or occupational retraining.

2) Inspire and Motivate:  To educate others about those personal challenges facing any of us suffering injuries that permanently changes our lives. How we confront our challenges is the key to the core motto of Fulfill Your Destiny: Character Drives Destiny. We teach people that we are all defined by our character, which compels us to pick up the pieces and carry on when confronted with tremendous obstacles.

3) Build Awareness and Educate:  To offer assistance – educational, financial, volunteer time and/or in-kind services directly to individuals and other non-profit corporations, to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and to support those who have experienced TBIs.

 

For more facts about National Brain Injury Awareness Month click here!

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea presented by C1 Bank

238_ChariTea_3-19-16I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone that attended our signature event, Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea on Saturday, March 19th at the Empress Tea Room. Each March we host our annual Chari-Tea as a way to celebrate Women’s History Month and National Brain Injury Month.

During the event, we host several silent auctions, raffles, hat contests, a free gift for each guest, and at the end, we like to culminate the afternoon with a live auction.

Last but not least, for the second year in a row, we partnered with Wheels of Success to gift a lucky guest keys to a new vehicle! See me pictured above with this year’s winner!

We would like to thank all our sponsors, partners, and attendees for making this event a great success!

Click here to learn more about us and our annual Chari-Tea event!

See What Our 2015 Guests Had to Say!

Wonderful Event!” —Lisa K. Ford, Invent Your Image

What a delightful event, Karen. You are so inspiring. It is an honor to support your work. I will mark my calendar for next year! Look forward to seeing you soon!” —Heather Delafield, Robert H. Delafield, Inc.

Dear Karen, I was truly amazed at how wonderful your organization is and really enjoyed watching you as hostess … you are a wonderful communicator! The tea, scones, etc…were delightfully delicious and I love all of the auction items, but especially the pearl necklace! Thank you!” —Ivory Blackwood, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Click here to read our article featured in the Tampa Bay Times.

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