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CONNECTIONS - Spring 2018

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   May 7, 2018 12:38


 

 

 

 

      The latest edition of Connections is here!


It features a report from the 2018 Spring Retreat. More photos from the weekend can be on our Facebook Page.

BrainLove is on page 5.

The Programs can be found on page 6 and information about the Camp can found on Page 3 and 4.

Happy Spring! See you at Camp!

 

     

 

 

 

Download the full issue: Spring 2018.pdf (2.85 mb)

     

 

 

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Regina Brain Boogie Article in Regina Leader-Post

posted by SK Brain Injury    |   September 10, 2012 09:28

Nicole Wall could have felt angry and cheated out of her childhood when her mother and father suffered brain aneurysms. Instead, she stepped in to help her parents on the long road to recovery.

Nicole was 13 when her mom, Monica Wall, had an aneurysm 10 years ago. Three years ago, Nicole’s dad, Kim, suffered three aneurysms — one which is inoperable. He manages the condition with medication and by staying fit.

“They both needed emergency surgeries to save their lives,” Nicole said. “My dad’s neurosurgeon said he’s never seen a husband and wife have aneurysms and survive.

“Our family dynamic changed a whole bunch especially when my mom got sick. I took on a mom role with my little brother because my mom was in the hospital for almost a year. She’s never returned to work, never got her driver’s licence again, but she’s still here every day and I love her dearly. My dad has been lucky enough to go back to work and gone on to be a provincial mountain bike gold medalist. He’s a champ and I love him too.”

Nicole is on the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) and helped to organize the Brain Boogie — Positive Steps in Motion walk-a-thon held Saturday morning in Wascana Centre.

According to the association, acquired brain injury (ABI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults worldwide. Approximately 70 per cent of survivors are between 18 and 28 years. Every year, more than 2,200 Saskatchewan people sustain a serious brain injury — most are young.

“I just want to get youth and young people in our community involved to hopefully prevent some of these brain injuries from happening,” Nicole said.

Monica was among more than 80 people participating in the walk. The 53-year-old credits the SBIA for providing her with a lot of moral support.

“It’s been a long road to recovery,” Monica said. “It left me with vision difficulties, hearing difficulties and I have a lot of cognitive problems, but I’m very fortunate that I’m up and walking.”

According to the SBIA, half of all brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle collisions. The rest are caused by sport injuries, work-related injuries, assault, falls, illness or firearms.

Gord Fisher injured his brain when he was three weeks old and thrown out of a vehicle that rolled three times.

“When people drive, they should slow down or when you play football, don’t hammer your head on other heads,” Fisher said.

The 45-year-old Reginan collected $3,768.21 in pledges for this year’s Brain Boogie.

“I went door to door to door raising money,” he said. “It’s something I like doing.”

The Brain Boogie was also held in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Yorkon on Saturday. More information about the association is available at www.sbia.ca or by calling toll free: 1-888-373-1555.

Funds from the walk support local and provincial programs for brain injury survivors and their families.

“This is the kickoff to our fall programs,” said Glenda James, executive director of the SBIA. “There are about 56,000 brain injuries in Canada each year and that’s cumulative. A brain injury never ends, it’s lifelong. Prevention is the only cure so our organization strives to prevent brain injuries, but also to make sure that the quality of life for brain injury survivors is improved.”

Article found in the Leader-Post

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