Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:

“The study suggests that brain injury is in some way related to longer-term anxiety symptoms, while previously it was thought that brain injury only leads to short-term effects,” said lead author Michelle Albicini in an email.

The anxiety may have many causes, including actual brain damage or the experience of living in an anxious family environment after the injury, said Albicini, a researcher at Monash University School of Psychological Sciences in Melbourne, Australia.

Albicini’s team reports in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation that children with moderately severe brain injuries and females in general were at the greatest risk for long-term psychological effects compared with boys and children who had milder brain injuries.

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  Ark Maciaszek poses with a photo of his cousin, former Chicago police officer and suicide victim Scott Tracz, at his home in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 2, 2017. Picture taken May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
Rookie Chicago police officer Scott Tracz sat in a black sports car outside his girlfriend's suburban house late last year, put his gun to his head and fatally shot himself.

The normally upbeat Tracz, 30, had become withdrawn and sullen, struggling with the violence he witnessed as an officer but rejecting advice from friends and family to seek help, fearing it would end his career, relatives said.

"He said, 'I will lose my job,'" his cousin, Ark Maciaszek, said. "Just like that."

Tracz is believed to be the latest contributor to the Chicago Police Department's suicide rate, which stands 60 percent higher than the national average according to a recent U.S. Department of Justice report.

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30th Annual BIAMD Conference 
Call for Presentations
Due Date: Oct. 20, 2017  
Conference Date: March 15 -16, 2018 
Radisson North Baltimore, Timonium MD

The Conference Presentation Selection Committee will meet in October and November. Decisions will be made and announced by the end of November. 

Up to 2 presenters per session will attend for free on the day of their presentation and a discounted rate to cover food and material costs on the day that they are not presenting. 

(The Brain Injury Association of Maryland is unable to pay for presenters' travel, lodging, meals or other expenses associated with the conference. We greatly appreciate your time and interest.)

Please click the button below and complete all steps outlined on the online application.

If you have any questions, please call Caitlin Starr at 410.448.2924.

Menounos’s mother, Litsa, was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer in September. Litsa’s Menounos’s tumor stretched deep into her brain as her daughter stepped in to help wrangle doctor appointments, the E! anchor told People in an emotional video interview.

As she cared for her mother, Menounos said, another dangerous medical issue started to take root in her own brain. She said she first thought the pressure on her skull was an ear infection. Then her speech began to slur on set.

Finally it clicked, she said, after so many appointments with her mother, sitting in as doctors analyzed MRI images and threw around medical terminology. “I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I feel like I have a brain tumor like my mom,” Menounos said she told her fiance, Keven Undergaro, who had proposed about a year before the diagnosis.

Her instinct was correct: An MRI revealed meningioma — a type of usually benign tumor that attacks the part of the brain that controls the central nervous system. The mass was knotted with thin, sensitive nerves in the membrane surrounding the brain.

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  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

CAROLE was one of our Keynote Speakers at BIAMD's 2017 Annual Conference last March. At that time, she told us about her upcoming book. Its now been released, and is as terrific as her Keynote Presentation was. 

Accepting a changed new life is one of the greatest challenges brain injury survivors face. It’s also one of the most important. Coming to terms with brain injury can mean the difference between a mournful life spent looking backward and a meaningful life spent moving forward. In this book, long-term brain injury survivor Carole Starr mines her own acceptance journey for nuggets of wisdom to help others.

Each chapter contains numerous strategies survivors can use. You’ll learn how Carole went from being uprooted by brain injury, to putting down new roots to rising into a changed life and finding a way to soar. This book is more than the story of one survivor accepting brain injury. It’s also a workbook that readers can use to apply the strategies to their own brain injury journeys. The opportunity to think, write and talk about one’s own experience makes this book a powerful resource.

For The Book,  CLICK HERE.

To Hear a recent podcast about Carole's amazing Journey, CLICK HERE

  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

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