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May 2016

Happy Hour Brew on Tap to Benefit BIND!

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Join us for Happy Hour at BrainDead Brewing in Dallas – Friday, June 3rd from 4 to 7 pm (or anytime you want!!!).

Don’t let the name “Arrogant Bastard” for this special Ale mislead you. This brew is quite the opposite – traveling the globe to selected brew houses like Brain Dead in Dallas – and sending all proceeds to a lucky non-profit like BIND. Every glass sold gives BIND $2. And if you can’t make it for Happy Hour on June 3rd, don’t worry, visit BrainDead throughout June and ask for Arrogant Bastard on tap. There will be plenty to go around. #bastardhitstheroad #BrainDeadBrewing

#ICYMI Open House At-a-Glance

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With gracious thanks to our supporters who made it to the Open House on May 4th this year.  Your donations of cash, gift cards, and program supplies are sincerely appreciated!

Although Open House is behind us, we are always in need of support from our community members.  With your help, our program makes a huge impact on the lives of brain injury survivors.  There is nothing that compares to having a sense of belonging, purpose, and control over your own life.  BIND gives all of that, and more, to our Members every week.  Please make a donation today so that we can continue this good work, and expand to serve all of those who are on our waiting list.  Simply put, we can’t expand our program and reach those who need us without your financial support.  Thank you.

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Understanding Post-Stroke Depression by Dr. Beck

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May seems to be a very important “awareness” month in the United States, as it is both “Mental Health Awareness Month,” and “Stroke Awareness Month.” So in thinking about how these two important issues relate, it seems appropriate for me to mention a very common condition experienced by thousands of stroke survivors each year- Post-Stroke Depression (PSD). Estimates of prevalence, or how common, PSD is among survivors vary, but is generally found to be as many as 1/3 to 2/3 stroke survivors experience PSD at some point following stroke. Causes of PSD are not completely known, though hypotheses include the possibility of neurochemical alterations/changes in the brain (e.g. changes in levels of key chemicals such as serotonin or norepinephrine) that occur after stroke, as well as more “situational” issues such as adjusting to significant physical limitations or loss of independence. In reality, PSD probably occurs as a combination of neurochemical changes in the brain as well as psychological adjustment to loss.

So why is it so important to screen for PSD, and for stroke survivors and their families to be aware of this condition? When PSD is left untreated, it not only adversely impacts the stroke survivor’s quality of life, but it can actually delay meaningful improvements in function and progress through rehabilitation efforts!

The good news is that PSD is a very treatable condition. Generally speaking, antidepressant medications are the first-line of treatment for PSD. In my own clinical experience, survivors may not need medication for an extended period of time, but it can be very helpful to “get over the hump” initially. Antidepressants help to increase and stabilize certain chemicals in the brain believed to be related to mood. Additional treatments may include individual psychotherapy/counseling, particularly if depressive symptoms appear to be more related to adjustment to disability/loss. Other effective treatments may include increasing involvement in enjoyable activities (hobbies/interests) and improving social support.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s website has a lot of great information, including many inspirational stories told by stroke survivors. Sometimes the most powerful “treatment” for PSD may actually be the instillation of hope for the future- no matter the degree of disability. And there is nothing like hearing another stroke survivor tell his or her story.

BIND also works to improve the lives of individuals living with the effects of stroke through programs such as Peer Partners, a mentoring program provided by stroke survivors/caregivers for stroke survivors/caregivers. Feel free to explore our website for more information on our programs.

And if you or your loved one is living with PSD, I encourage you to get connected- explore area stroke support groups, talk to your doctor about treatment options, get involved with the AHA/ASA, or reach out to BIND!

~Dr. Kelley D. Beck, Board President




Thank you, Diana!

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Recently, BIND Member Taylor interviewed our volunteer Diana Diaz.  Diana visits the BIND program each week and offers wellness programming and health coaching.  She is also a member of the Auction & Happy Brain Hour committee for BIND and is busy collecting silent auction items for our event scheduled on October 15th.  We’re blessed to have Diana as a proud BIND volunteer!  Thank you!

Q: What 3 things would need on a deserted Island:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Some kind of device on which to play the first six seasons of Sex In The City
  3. Camel-back carrier filled with water

Q: What’s your day job:

A: Speech language pathologist at Health South

Q: How did you get involved with BIND:

A: I had previously worked with Valerie, knew several Members, and I believe in BIND’s mission.


Celeste: 2 Years, In Her Words

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On May 13, 2014, my life made a 360 degree turn! I was working in my office with a colleague at Reliant Rehabilitation of Dallas. I stood up to drink a cup of water and the cup dropped, my right side of my face drooped & my right arm was oscillating without control. My mind yelled, “ALERT! SOMETHING IS WRONG!!” but I couldn’t say a word.

I was transferred to Medical City of Dallas immediately via ambulance. I had an embolic stroke (actually 2 blood clots) in the left hemisphere of my brain. In the ER, they administered tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) to dissolve the clots to improve blood flow in the middle carotid artery. One of the clots was “stubborn” I guess and I had brain surgery (intracranial angioplasty and stenting).

I woke up in ICU in silence and had right sided hemiparesis (right arm was flaccid (no muscle tone) and sensation deficits. I have Apraxia (oral motor speech) and Aphasia (express & understand language). After my stroke, I couldn’t read, speak, nor form sentences. Thank GOD my spelling and memory was intact to write simple words to express my needs.

I am a Physical Therapist practicing over 20 years and my position before the stroke was Chief Therapy Officer managing staff, hospital policies and rehab patients/families. I transferred to Baylor Dallas inpatient for a week for all therapy disciplines (Physical (PT), Occupational (OT) and Speech (ST)) then Pate Rehabilitation (Anna location) outpatient for ST for 8 months. My discharge from Pate was January 28, 2015 and I was a little torn. I was sad to leave my “safe place”, happy because my speech was better and scared to jump into life again!

I gained more Faith in GOD and more fight for my life and my daughter, Tylar. A lot of crying (an emotional battle) during my storm but those tears were a symbol that I’m thankful & humbled because GOD shielded and blessed me with a strong support group…family and friends! I didn’t work for nearly a year and gradually started PT per diem then full time in June 2015. GOD IS GOOD!! I joined B.I.N.D. last year as a volunteer to connect with brain injury survivors and to increase awareness & knowledge in the community. Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a bridge to build relationships, mentorship, support for survivors and their families and a platform for patient advocacy!

Celeste Larkins
Stroke Survivor May 2014

Thank you, Linda!

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Interview with Linda Hunt, our wonderful intern, by Karl “with a K” BIND Member:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Hunt, who is a volunteer all three days that BIND is open each week, and found her very easy to speak with.  She is in the final stages of her degree program, which upon conclusion will make her a qualified rehabilitation counselor.  Asked what she is hoping to do with this qualification, she stated that she likes helping people who want to help themselves, and this degree will put her in a position to do just that.  Working amongst those that are still striving here at BIND to make gains from a brain injury they have experienced has shown her that it is a field that serves “as a door to unlock” her skills.  Linda said that the Clubhouse is inspiring her to be better at what she does, and that she most definitely can see herself working with the brain injured in the future.

Upon being asked if her family is behind the plan of working with the brain injured she said that her husband, two daughters, and son are all on board.  She added that her children have all mentioned how proud they are of what she has done and continues to accomplish.

Linda spoke of living in Canada for 14 years before her 16 years here in Texas.  This, of course, was happy news for the many hockey fans that we have here at the Clubhouse.  Asked if she has any hobbies or interests out of her studies, Linda identified that she is a big fan of making ceramics because she finds it so relaxing.  She may need relaxation after each day at the Clubhouse, but you would never know it while she is here.  She is doing wonderful work here, and we are already sad that she is going to depart after her graduation.