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Support Group Value ~ by Carrie & Karl

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VALUE OF SUPPORT GROUPS

By Carrie & Karl

Any type of Support group can be scary at first but they all have benefits. Let’s talk specifically about Brain Injury Support Groups, Why Go?

  • Initially these groups will put you in contact with other people experiencing the same shock and confusions as you. And will let you know that you are not alone in this struggle.
  • Sharing this experience with others “like” you helps you come to grips with what you are going through
  • They can be motivational and give you hope as you see how others are surviving
  • Get pointers on how to adapt to the “”new you” and ideas on how to accomplish different goals and to get things done in a different way
  • By just being with others that are going through this same experience, you become more involved with the outside world (i.e. society) and more comfortable with your uniqueness not disability.
  • It is a constant reminder the progress continues to happen all the time
  • Support groups don’t have to just be about complaining but sometimes you do need that avenue to vent.

Karl and I started a Support Group about 4 years ago at a local rehab hospital which speaks to those who have just acquired their brain Injury and go once a month. I always feel uplifted and positive after these meetings. These people do not even know what questions they have yet but I can tell after the meeting that we have instilled a little bit of hope and encouragement to them.

Karl also leads another support group in McKinney twice a month that he and another member stated more than 5 years ago. One of these meetings is just them getting together playing Rummikub and socializing, which sometimes is all that is needed.

 

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, an occupational therapist, conducted a study to discover the benefits provided by head injury support groups. Upon the completion of her research, she reported that head injury support groups provide opportunities for the fulfilment of the following needs:

 

  1. At times a group of allows for expressions of anger, frustration, or disappointment about experiences. Laughter may replace the frustration when other group members share similar situations & mishaps. Therefore, grieving & laughing about daily situations with others, who can relate, offers a stress relief.
  2. Each group member seems to understand the frustration and amount of energy used as one works to develop acceptance of limitations and compensatory strategies. This understanding and support can provide hope and encouragement as a survivor strives to develop satisfaction with life. The support from the group seems to promote the survival of the survivor.
  3. The reality of challenges faced by head injury survivors is often reinforced as the group members give, receive, and discuss practical solutions to problems. Frequently another member of the group who has struggled with a similar situation can offer alternate solutions. Although one member’s solution may not work for another member, it may stimulate the investigation of other methods that had not been considered.

 

 

Support Groups led by BIND members:

Plano: Meets every 1st Friday at 2:00 pm

Accel Rehabilitation Hospital

2301 Marsh Lane

Plano, TX 75093
972-695-6495

 

Plano: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:-9:PM

GreyMatters

HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital

2800 West 15th St.

Plano, TX 75075

Upon arrival, please check with the receptionist for the exact location within the building.

http://www.greymatters.us/Meetings/default.html

McKinney: Meets every 3rd Friday from Noon to 2 pm AND every 1st Tuesday 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Stonebridge United Methodist Church

1800 S. Stonebridge Drive

Bring your own meal
940-206-2069

 

Email members@thebind.org for a complete listing of all DFW area support groups that we are aware of.

 

Pizza With Purpose: March 16th

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BIND is proud to partner with several California Pizza Kitchen locations in Texas for a special day of FUNdraising.  Enjoy a delicious meal, and present this flyer on March 16th to any participating CPK location and they’ll donate 20% of your bill to BIND.  Both dine in and carry out orders are included….take a friend, tell a friend….and don’t forget your flyer!
OFFER GOOD FOR MARCH 16TH ONLY.

Be mIND, Valentine!

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Be mIND, Valentine!
Did Someone Say “CAKE?”

Show your love for BIND on Valentine’s Day!  On Tuesday, February 14th we invite you to join us for CAKE anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.  We’ll be days away from moving into our new program space and we need your help to stock up our program units for 2017.  AND, it’s a great time to celebrate the 5th birthday of our organization.

Communications Unit
Printer paper
Pencils
Postage stamps
Thermal laminating pouches
3-ring binders
Highlighters
Legal pads
Standard white envelopes
Address labels, size 5160

Kitchen & Maintenance Unit
Paper towels
Paper plates
Plastic spoons
Clorox wipes
Non-latex gloves
Coffee cups and lids
Plastic cups
8 gallon trash bags
Hand soap
Keurig coffee pods
Ziploc bags – all sizes

Wellness Unit 
Ribbons, yarn, twine, string
Mod Podge
Mason jars & lids
Scrapbook paper
Paint brushes
Fabric scraps
Sketch pads
Paint brushes
Prepared canvas
Mini glue gun refills
Buttons
Scissors

Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?  Ready to RSVP?

Call: 972-769-2463

Email: members@thebind.org

Happy Birthday to BIND

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WE’RE TURNING 5!
2016 has been a tremendous year for the BIND Members.  We invite you to make 2017 even better by giving to our Birthday Fund!  Give before March 1st so we can buy furniture, computers and supplies for our new home.  We’re planning for almost triple the space we have now!
We have a committed donor who has pledged to match what we raise together – up to $5,000!
Moving into our first home in 2015 was AWESOME.  You made that day and every day after possible.  Watch our ‘throwback’ video for a glimpse of BIND on Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijozZk9iRdk
BIND is changing lives every day.  We ask our Members to rate their quality of life after brain injury when they start the program.  Recently, we asked them if anything has changed since joining BIND…
76% of BIND Members report stable or IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE.
Progress is possible with you on our side.  Join us in celebrating 5 years of restoring purpose and giving hope to brain injury survivors in our community.

 

Happy Brain Hour Success!

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picturethisgreenscreen21BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a Plano-based nonprofit organization with a unique and special mission. The BIND program offers tools and a bridge of support to adult brain injury survivors so they can reconnect into life, the community and the workplace. BIND offers refuge for survivors of stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain cancer who are looking for restored sense of purpose, hope and continued healing from their injuries.

 


“Here I have hope for the future me.”

Jennifer, brain cancer survivor

At BIND survivors are called Members, not Patients, and this is an empowering service model. The Members have ownership of daily operations and work in team units that include Communications, Outreach and Advocacy, Kitchen and Maintenance, and Wellness. Essentially, the Members guide and direct the program – allowing the program to serve as a classroom, office, gym, volunteer site, recreation room, social outlet, an art studio, and congregation. Above all else, the BIND program gives each person in attendance a reason to get out of bed and join in.

“BIND has given me a place to go and gives me purpose.”
Carrie, stroke survivor

BIND has partnered with The Medical Center of Plano since opening in early 2015 and was proud to work with them & their HCA partner Medical City Dallas to present the BIND Annual Silent Auction and Happy Brain Hour on October 15th at the Marriott. This event brought $47,000 of operational funding to the program and focused on fun! Guests were invited to challenge their minds through games like charades, hangman, timed mazes and memory tasks. Asking guests to tie a shoe or button a shirt using only one hand tested motor skills, as those with a brain injury may face living with a paralyzed arm or hand.

“It’s a safe place for me to relearn skills in the company of others with similar injuries.”
Taylor, traumatic brain injury survivor

At least 400 Texans each day receive medical care for brain injury and at least 34% of stroke survivors are considered ‘working age.’ The vision for BIND is to serve as the model for additional brain injury programs like theirs across the state of Texas. Currently, the BIND program is at capacity for both space and members served each week and has a waiting list of over 30 survivors of brain injury who find resolve in living a productive life versus one of inactivity and isolation. Consider joining the cause and supporting the BIND mission by making a gift today at www.thebind.org.

“We are so thrilled about the progress BIND has made. It is what we all hoped would happen. I share with everyone I can corner what BIND is and their mission. It is something you hope will not be needed, but I want people to know it is there if the need arises.”
Carol, BIND donor

Special thanks to our event photographers: Bruce Wolpert from Picture This Green Screen
and Jenice Johnson-Williams from Art is Life Studio.

2016 Happy Brain Hour Event Sponsors:
Medical City Dallas & The Medical Center of Plano

The Goodman Family
The Gary Shultz Family

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Frisco
Warm Springs Rehab Hospital of Allen

PATE Rehabilitation
Rehab Without Walls
Carol & Frank Atkins
Donna Valentino

LearningRX
Accel Rehab Hospital
Lift-Aids, Inc.
Reno Realty Group
CNS: Centre for Neuro Skills

In-Kind Donors:
The Medical Center of Plano
Spectaveris
Austin Shaw, DJ
UNT & UTD Student Volunteers
K & R Artworks
Art is Life Studio
Martha Dahlberg

If you were a guest of ours this year, please take a few moments to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KJ9W2Q9

Please Visit our Facebook Page for More Event Photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BrainDead Festicle + Brewvolution on Nov. 5

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screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-12-15-56-pmBig Texas Beer Fest and BrainDead Brewing have teamed up for the 2nd BrainDead Festicle!  The Festicle is a celebration of barrel-aged and wild beers.  BIND is the happy recipient of Festicle 2016 proceeds and will supply volunteer pourers for the event.

This event will take place outdoors in the parking lot west of BrainDead with 30-35 or so of their closest brewery friends, and 60-70 beers.  Chef David Catering and Bowls and Tacos food will be available for your eating pleasure.

Ready to buy a ticket?  Here you go: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braindead-festicle-2016-tickets-27695165987?aff=eac2

Giving Day and YOU!

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IMG_1010Only 10 days until North Texas Giving Day 2016!  Join the community as we rally support for the BIND program on September 22nd.  Did you know?  This online day of giving set a record in 2015 and raised more than $30 million for charities in and near Dallas?!

This will be our third year to participate and we need YOU to spread the word!  Bonus funds and prizes are always a fun part of Giving Day….with bonus funds, your gifts of $25 and up will be multiplied.  Need to know more about bonus funds?  Click Here!

For our local supporters, join us in McKinney from 5-7 pm for Giving Day fun!  Need to know more about the Collin County Giving Day event?  Click Here!

By the numbers….

10 Days Until Giving Day!  Bookmark the BIND link today! #getupandgive

25+ Brain Injury Survivors are on our Wait List #timetoexpand

400 Texans are Treated for a Brain Injury EVERY DAY!

$2,825 Raised by our Board of Directors and a Generous Donor for Challenge Funds!

$5,000 Will Pay a Month of Rent for the BIND Program in 2017

$10,000 is our BIND Giving Day Goal #wecandoittogether

$130,000 To Double the BIND Program!

 

 

Pizza With A Purpose: August 11th

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CPK single flyerCalifornia Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your bill to the Brain Injury Network of Dallas for all dine-in and carry-out orders ALL DAY on August 11th! This gracious offer is extended by the CPK location at Willow Bend Mall in Plano.  Remember that you must present the flyer!

Current and prospective BIND members will meet at this location at 1:00 on August 11th for a social – all are welcome to join us!  RSVP to members@thebind.org and we’ll do our best to reserve plenty of tables!