Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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Jordan Hobson was getting ready for school one morning when she fell down a flight of stairs in her home, hitting her head several times before landing at the bottom. After a trip to an emergency department and an appointment at an area concussion clinic accomplished little in alleviating the 15-year-old’s symptoms, Jordan’s mother, Jackie, learned about a specialized program at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Led by Dr. Beth Slomine and Dr. Stacy Suskauer, Kennedy Krieger’s Pediatric Brain Injury Program combines compassionate and holistic patient care with cutting-edge brain injury research. Soon, Jordan, who was suffering from hyper-emotionality and constant headaches, was on her way to full recovery.

“It was very real, very awful and very scary,” Jackie Hobson says of the experience.

The Pediatric Brain Injury Program is nationally recognized for treating children and adolescents with intensive rehabilitation needs caused by neurological injury or illness. In 2010, the program added the Concussion Clinic to address the needs of child and adolescent patients who experience mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, but don’t need intensive rehabilitation.

An estimated 2 million children in the United States suffer a concussion each year and thousands more go undetected, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics.

CLICK HERE to see more about this terrific program.
The author's love of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood sustains her before and after a brain operation to stop seizures.
By the time I was 5 years old, I was having 100 seizures a day. I would often fall and bang my head on the floor. The only way my mom could shower and dress without worrying was to prop me up with soft pillows and place me in front of the television. She usually turned on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and for the length of the show I never had a single seizure.

Something in Mister Rogers' voice must have calmed the electrical circuits in my injured brain and allowed my body to rest. My mother and I performed this ritual every work day for two years. I began to consider Mister Rogers my real friend and would talk back to the TV.

Eventually, my neurologists determined I had contracted  Rasmussen's encephalitis , a rare brain disease. They theorized that a slow-growing virus was killing cells in the left side of my brain and causing the seizures. The only treatment was a hemispherectomy, a surgery to remove half of my brain.

CLICK HERE t o see more on this amazing story.
January 2019 marks other changes that will happen based on the increase in the national average wage index.
Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The CPI-W rises when prices increase for the things the average consumer buys. This means that when prices for goods and services we purchase become more expensive, on average, the COLA increases monthly benefit levels and helps you keep up with the changing cost of living.

CLICK HERE to find out this will affect you!
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. Instant  New York Times  bestseller · Empowering advice for overcoming setbacks from the authors of the popular blog  Marc & Angel Hack Life

Marc and Angel Chernoff have become go-to voices in the area of personal development, reaching tens of thousands of fans each day with their fresh and relatable insights. Now they're writing the book they wish they'd had when they needed it most

Getting Back to Happy  reveals their strategies for changing thought patterns and daily habits to bounce back from tough times. Sharing never-before-published stories and advice, the book shows us how to harness the power of daily rituals, mindfulness, self-care, and more to overcome whatever life throws our way--in order to become our best selves.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."

BIAMD is very excited to announce the newest Brain Injury Caregiver Support Group in the Maryland.

PLEASE NOTE - The group will start at 6:30pm


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