Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
BIAMD's #5ThoughtsFriday - 02/17/2017
Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
MARCH 1, 2017
5) Channel Your Inner Jacques Cousteau and learn about Adpative Scuba Diving at UM Rehab this weekend...

Adapted SCUBA Demo Days are BACK!

The next Scuba Diving Demo Day is Sunday, February 19, 2017.

The purpose of the demo days are to introduce participants with a disability to underwater breathing and some of the basic skills necessary for SCUBA certification to dive anywhere in the world.

The participants spend one to two hours in the pool, one on one with Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) certified dive instructors and certified volunteers, learning to use the equipment, swimming, and playing games underwater.

“I loved learning about all the gadgets in scuba and I had a blast. I can't wait to do it again,” said V. Sanjoy, one of the participants. “Scuba diving and the water give me a sense of freedom that I don't get when I am in my chair.”

The event is FREE and open to anyone with a disability

BUT you have to REGISTER.  

To find out more CLICK HERE 

or contact Marty Forlenza at  

To Register, CLICK HERE

4) What do you do after hosting a talk show for 3,300 episodes with 36,000 guests over 17 seasons?

Former Marine @Montel_Williams was the first African-American to host his own syndicated daytime talk show. Now he sits down with TODAY’s @SheinelleJones to reflect on a successful 17-season run during which he tackled many social issues.

Today, he says, he is on a mission to find help for people with traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis, with which he is diagnosed himself.

To see his interview on @TODAY,  CLICK HERE.

3) "Knees hurt"? "Toothache"? Think again.

  ALL Your Pain Is In Your BRAIN!

Pain is a signal of actual or potential damage to the body, so it is natural to think of it as a localized sensation: knee pain in the knee, back pain in the back and so on.

However, research has demonstrated that pain is an experience constructed in the brain. A knee doesn't "feel" anything. Instead, it sends signals to the brain. Input from the body is important, but a person's pain experience also depends on the brain's interpretation of what the input signal means.

Scientists are just beginning to study these complex cerebral processes, and in a promising step forward, University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a functional MRI-based model that identifies brain activity patterns involved in varied pain experience, even when the input from the body is held constant.

To read more about CU's findings, CLICK HERE.

  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Find Helpful...

When the fog lifted, Sara saw her mother sitting beside the hospital bed and asked what was going on. "Sara do you know you wrecked your little Volkswagen?" As the story unfolded the 22-year-old was mad and madder still that she had missed her graduation from the College of William and Mary and would have to go back home again. She had expected to go to graduate school and move on with her life.

That was 1977 and it would take 27 maddening years to find out why life never went the way she expected. Few people truly live the life they expect, but when this many emotional meltdowns and this much impulsive behavior happens, missteps are more than chance occurrences. Jumping from one career to the next, Sara thought that all she had to do was change something in the details. Whatever it was would go away. But it didn't. 

For More, CLICK HERE. 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others."
                                                                       - Parker Palmer   
  "Partners in Progress" on March 23-24, 2017, is a multi-track neuro-conference focusing on issues related to: individuals with brain injury and family members, children and adolescents in the school system, advocacy, and professional and clinical training. The purpose of the two-day conference is to provide state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, services, research, and advocacy, and to improve collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.
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