How lucky we have all been to have something so wonderful that saying goodbye is so hard.
Jim Goodman is the finest example of an advocate, friend, and absolute joy through hardship that our BIND family could have ever dreamed of. Thank you for establishing a culture of acceptance, respect, teamwork and pure fun for this organization – you will be missed.
Click here to read Jim’s obituary.
BIND has filled the gap between medical rehab and purposeful community living for brain injury survivors since 2012.
Join us in celebrating our 7 year history this February. Program supplies will be collected throughout the month and our official birthday party will be held February 14. Supplies can be dropped off or shipped directly to BIND through our Amazon Wish List any M-F between 8:30 and 3:30.
We especially need: paper towels, white printer paper, postage stamps, toilet paper, kitchen trash bags, clorox wipes, hair dryers (for art projects), acrylic paint and canvases (4X6 & 5X7). THANK YOU 🙂
December 4, 2018 – BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation based in Plano, Texas, is excited to announce a grant award of $40,000 from The Meadows Foundation to support costs for the Work Readiness Program.
About the Work Readiness Program – Work Readiness is designed to transition individuals with acquired brain injury (including traumatic brain injury, stroke, or brain cancer) from rehabilitation to the workforce and is based on the concept of “Personal Social Adjustment Training” as described by the Texas Workforce Commission. Members in this program receive group training and vocational assessment in addition to participating in the typical work-ordered day at BIND. Work Readiness covers topics across 10-12 weeks related to growth and success in the workplace.
Each Work Readiness program participant will complete the series with a clear employment plan for the future. This includes fulfillment of a well-rounded skills, interests and strengths inventory that translates to the work setting. Additionally, participants will build physical and cognitive endurance and have the opportunity to identify and practice functional compensatory strategies in a true work environment. By engaging in productive work, BIND Members address appropriate social behaviors and develop skills needed to live and work more independently.
To qualify for Work Readiness: Members must be 18 years of age or older, have a documented acquired brain injury, be independent with self-care and use assistive devices independently, be willing to participate in a working community, not be a threat to self or others, commit to attend the program 2-3 days/week for 10-12 weeks, and, have transportation to/from BIND in Plano, Texas.
About BIND – The Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a community center for people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. BIND operates the first and only Brain Injury Clubhouse in the state of Texas, which is its primary tool used to serve survivors. At BIND, staff and program participants, called Members, work together to run all aspects of the program. The BIND Mission is to provide tools and a bridge of support to adult survivors of acquired brain injury so they can reconnect to work, life and the community. BIND is a proud member of IBICA: International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance.
About The Meadows Foundation – The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering; protecting the environment; providing cultural enrichment; encouraging excellence; and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.
Monday begins another school year. The teachers are making their final lesson plans, straightening up their classrooms, printing out their first assignments, etc.… The excitement and stress are in the air. The hustle and bustle are seen everywhere you go. This is my life now. This was my life before my surgery. Life keeps moving forward, but there have been a few changes.
I had a cavernous hemangioma which led to brain surgery in 2014.
What is an ABI- acquired brain injury?
Acquired brain injury is what they call my brain injury. When exactly things started, I don’t know, but I can tell you at least 2 defining moments to that brain injury. The first was the worst headache of my life. Needless to say, there was an overnight stay in the hospital in 2008, and many tests, which only left me with more questions than answers. Then, toward the end of 2013, while at dismissal with my students, I started seeing halos which led to more doctor appointments, more MRIs, and ultimately to brain surgery.
Before surgery, both sides of my body worked in unison; however, surgery left me with aphasia, hemiparesis, and hemisensory loss. It has been 4 years, 2 months, and 2 days since surgery and I still notice the effects of surgery. But I can say that time, in this case, has been my friend.
After surgery, I went to rehab for the summer. It was a struggle and pulled on all my heartstrings – emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. In my mind, it was happening to me, and me ALONE. How could my family understand? And that is where I was for a long time. I was wrong. It wasn’t happening to just me, it was happening to the whole family.
Recovery takes time, patience, and understanding.
It reminds me of the song, “Put One Foot in Front of the Other”.
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door
If you want to change your direction
If your time of life is at hand
Well don’t be the rule, be the exception
A good way to start is to stand
For those of you going through a brain injury, remember, it isn’t happening to just you. Let your family in. Work together and use a lot of patience and understanding with each other.
~Stacy B. (submitted August 2018)
I suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 22, 2014. I was home alone and fell down the stairs. At the time, I was living with my roommate (Jeff). He was going to stay at his girlfriend’s house but, they came home and found me in my bed pretty much bleeding to death. Now, that’s a God moment. He saved my life.
I spent two weeks in ICU at Medical Center of Plano. While there, I had trouble speaking. My brain is swelling more & more so, I have 2 burr-holes in my head which my daughter (Shayli) calls them “my dents”. I have Aphasia and always will.
After 2 weeks in ICU, I was transferred to Baylor Frisco for a week, then Pate Anna, Tx from December 2014 through September 2015 then back to Baylor Frisco where I met Valerie Gotcher.
I couldn’t thank my speech therapists enough. I loved talking with Valerie. At times, I was doing 1st grade work and now, times are still tough especially with numbers or trying to spell the word correctly. I still have trouble talking clearly.
I was released from speech therapy in February 2016. I got laid off from my job in April 2016 but, now I am working at Honda Cars of McKinney in the accounting department and I LOVE my job!
I tip my hat to all my speech therapists especially Valerie. I am honored to be a Member at BIND. I sure wish I could interact more with BIND but, with my job it’s hard to fit it in.
On a last note: you must have the determination; the attitude and the “I want to” vs. “I can’t.”