Brain Injury

Victorious Vickie

On May 11, 2013 (Mother's Day), my mom suffered a double brain aneurysm in Vallejo, California. She was out with a friend when she had a massive headache and told her friend to take her to the ER right away. On the way to the ER she had seizures. She was medevaced to Eden Medical Hospital in Hayward where she stayed in the ICU for six weeks, then Acute Rehab at Queen of the Valley in Napa for four weeks, then Kindred Concord for three months, and then in October 2013 she moved in with me and my husband in San Francisco. She has lived with us for 2.9 years and loves San Francisco.

Caring About the Adult TBI Survivor

My son Neil was seventeen when he sustained a traumatic brain injury at the hands of a drunk driver who hit him and his girlfriend Trista as they were walking. Trista was killed. That was ten years ago. Initially helpless in an intensive care unit, he had no choice but to allow his family to take care of him in a way that had not been necessary since he was a small boy. His father carried him to the bathroom. His brother fed him smoothies from a straw. I brushed his unruly curls, massaged his muscles and helped with the exercises his therapist recommended.

Lesión cerebral traumática (Traumatic Brain Injury)


Las lesiones cerebrales traumáticas, también conocidas como lesiones cerebrales o de la cabeza, son lesiones que provocan daños al cerebro. La lesión cerebral puede ocurrir en una de dos formas:

Alive! Art and Alzheimer's

Alive! Art and Alzheimer's is a collaborative project between a professional artist and Senior Access Adult Day Care Program. It engages program participants in expressive art activities.


Senior Access Adult Day Care Program

Non profit Adult Day Care Program supports older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families through social, physical, cultural and educational activities.


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There Are No ‘I don't feel like it’ Coupon-books!

One day, soon after the November election, my active, adventurous, fearless, 75-years-young partner decided to explore a local cave. I volunteered to go along. He began to climb down a cable ladder to the floor 15 feet below when the rope slipped, and he suddenly toppled head first, his foot caught in the ladder. As he lay at the bottom of the pit, immobile, I knew our lives had changed forever.

Problemas conductuales posteriores a traumatismo craneal (Coping With Behavior Problems After Head Injury)

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Traumatic Brain Injury - CA Resources

The following are some of the organizations that provide services to families dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in California:

The Traumatic Brain Injury Services of California

创伤性脑损伤 (Traumatic Brain Injury)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

Never: A Caregiver's Story of TBI

The word 'never,' by definition, means in no way, not again, at no time, in no case. Never. Its a word that those of you who are brain injury survivors or caregivers of a brain injured loved one, have heard at some point. Was it in the beginning of this adventure, when your loved one lay in a coma and the doctors said he/she would never regain consciousness? Was it once your loved one entered therapy, and someone told you that he/she would never walk, talk, see, eat, feel, laugh?


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