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Synapse Laps!

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CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!

Saturday, March 24, 9 am to Noon
1416 Gables Court, Plano TX

Join us for the first-ever Synapse Laps event for BIND. Walk, jog, ride or roll with us at the BIND office park – every lap is 1/3 mile – and we’ll help count your laps.  Survivors, families, kids, and leashed pets are all welcome.

*Superhero costumes are encouraged*

This event is sponsored by Medical City Plano and a light lunch is sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen. We’ll also welcome therapy animals from Equest, games and activities for all ages, and the BIND Store will be open for business (BIND hats and shirts will be on sale!).  Thank you as well for your sponsorship to Modern Woodman Financial and Select Rehab Hospital in Denton.

Registration for Synapse Laps is FREE.  We are appreciative of those who can give a suggested $5/person donation onsite.  PLEASE ARRIVE PRIOR TO 9:15 am to park inside of our office park. By 9:20, the lot will be closed to through traffic so our walkers can safely begin at 9:30.  Other Questions?  Email us by clicking here.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE BY CLICKING HERE

March On…to a Support Group

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March 2018 Calendar for BLOG PDF

Area Brain Injury Support Groups

Allen:

Every 2nd Saturday each month
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Post-Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Team Conference Room
1001 Raintree Circle
Allen, TX 75013

972-908-2033 [Felicia] 972-908-2023 [Lesli]

Arlington:

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Center for Counseling
(provides simultaneous support groups for TBI survivors and caregivers)
301 South Center Street, Suite 214
Arlington, TX 76010

817-983-1087 [Deanna]

Dallas:

Every 1st Tuesday each month
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Tom Landry Building, 5th Floor
Meet in Yvonne Gawthier Conference Room

411 North Washington Avenue, Suite 5000
Dallas, TX 75246

214-820-5967 [Donna]

Every 1st Tuesday each month
6:30 – 8:00 pm

UT Southwestern
Zale Lipshy University Hospital
5151 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75235

214-648-1754 [Dr. Brewer]

Denton:

Every 6 weeks on Wednesday
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Medical City Denton
Professional Office Building, Suite 310B
3535 South Interstate 35 E
Denton, TX 76210

940-384-3970 [Zachary or Carolyn]

Every 2nd Thursday each month
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Select Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Cafeteria
2620 Scripture Street
Denton, TX 76201

940-297-6500 [Front Desk]

Fort Worth:

Every 1st Tuesday each month (Aphasia only)
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Center for Neuro Skills (CNS)
6940 Harris Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76132
kscheirman@neuroskills.com [Kristen]

Frisco:

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
6:00-7:00 pm

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Meet in Café
2990 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

kirunkle@bir-rehab.com [Kirsten]

Irving:

Every 2nd Wednesday each month
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Baylor Scott & White Medical
Office Building II
5th Floor Rehab Unit

1901 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, TX 75061

972-579-8511 [Renee] Renee.vickers@bswhealth.org

 

Every Friday (Aphasia only)
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Center for Neuro Skills (CNS)
1320 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75038

972-580-8500
kscheirman@neuroskills.com

McKinney:

Every 3rd Friday each month
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every 1st Tuesday each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Stonebridge United Methodist Church
1800 South Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX 75070

940-206-2069

Every 2nd Wednesday each month
11:30 – 12:30 pm

Medical City McKinney
4500 Medical Center Drive
Meet in Classrooms 3 and 4
McKinney, TX 75069

972-548-5491 [Jennifer] (RSVP’s appreciated 1 week in advance)

Plano:

Every 1st Monday each month
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Medical City Plano
Medical Office Building 3, 1st Floor
Meet in Community Classroom

3901 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

972-519-1583
(RSVP’s appreciated 1 week in advance for provided lunch)

Every 1st Friday each month
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Accel Rehabilitation Hospital
2301 Marsh Lane
Plano, TX 75093

214-695-6479 [Nikole]

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Grey Matters North Texas Brain Tumor Support Group
HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital
2800 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

GreyMattersNorthTexas@yahoo.com [Karen] www.Greymatters.us


Every other Wednesday
(twice per month)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nueva Vida (Spanish Speaking Group)
BIND Clubhouse
1416 Gables Court
Plano, Texas 75075

972-769-2463
Email for dates: members@thebind.org

Richardson:

Every 4th Friday each month at
1:30 – 3:00 pm

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Cafeteria
3351 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080

972-400-2196 [Laura]

Various Locations:

Social, community-based events scheduled every month
Young Adult Group Survivors (YAGS)
gordlovesloopy@sbcglobal.net [Rebecca]

*Please email or call BIND with any information on changes or addition to support groups in the area: outreach@thebind.org or 972-769-BIND (2463).

Last updated: 2/26/2018                  

Pizza With Purpose

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Let’s do Lunch!  Or dinner…..at California Pizza Kitchen in Plano – March 7 & 8.  Present this flyer to your server and they’ll donate 20% of your total bill to BIND.  Thank you to the Willow Bend CPK manager, Rachel, and her team for supporting our organization!

Allen Americans Hockey – plays for BIND!

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Join us Friday, February 2 when the doors open at 6:05 pm for Allen Americans vs. Colorado Eagles.  Tickets are only $19 each and $2 of each seat purchased through this link will be donated to BIND.  Thank you to the Allen Americans for this generous, fun opportunity!

Please note: if you need disability-friendly seating, please add that in comments when purchasing your ticket.

Go to this website for everything else you need to know: http://allenamericans.com/bind/

Welcome to BIND!

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Getting to know Sierra Waddell: Today we welcome our new Program Director to BIND. Enjoy the Q & A, prepared by our Members! 

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

  • Compassionate
  • Goofy
  • Scatter-brained

If you had a warning label, what would it say?

  • Caution: Do not over-stimulate, or she will self-destruct

Favorite band?

  • Shane & Shane

Favorite songs to listen to while:

  • Road trip = musicals (movie/Broadway)
  • Cleaning House = Old Country (classic)
  • Workout = 90s / early 2000s

Where did you go to school?

  • Undergrad: University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Bachelors of Science Education
  • Graduate: UT Southwestern Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counselling

Where did you grow up?

  • Lubbock, Texas

Do you have any siblings?

  • I have 1 older sister

Are you married?

  • Yes, to Adam for 3 ½ years and we currently live in Plano

Children?

  • Milo was born 9/12/2017 – 7lbs 1oz and 21.5 inches long

Pets?

  • Lady a Sheppard mix, she was a wedding present to each other. We filled out the rescue application while on our honeymoon.

Where have you worked?

  • I worked for Puzzle Pieced Kids as community outreach coordinator

What was your favorite thing about your last job?

  • Watching kids discover language

What’s your favorite saying?

“Live to love, love to serve.”

~BLOG post completed by BIND Members

Veteran’s Day Deals & Discounts

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In honor of our Veterans, the Outreach & Advocacy Unit at BIND compiled a list of our area’s best deals and discounts.  Enjoy!

Nov. 7th- 11th Texas de Brazil 50% off of Dinner + 1, rest of Table receives 20% off.
Nov. 7th- 11th IKEA Free Entrée’
Nov. 9th-11th Red Hot & Blue Free Entrée with the purchase of a second entrée
Nov. 10th-11th Bed, Bath, & Beyond 25% off entrée purchase
Nov. 10th-11th World Market 25% off entire purchase in stores
Nov. 10th-11th BJ’s Resturant & Brewhouse Complimentary entrée up to $12.95
Nov. 10th-11th Red Lobster Free Appetizer or Dessert from a limited menu
Nov. 11th Carmike Cinemas Free small Popcorn w/ ticket purchase
Nov. 11th Main Event Bowl for Free from open to 3pm.
Nov. 11th Great Clips Free Haircut or Haircut Card good until Dec. 31st.
Nov. 11th Sport Clips Free Haircut
Nov. 11th Dollar General 11% discount on Qualified purchases
Nov. 11th Meineke Free Oil Change
Nov. 11th Tractor Supply 15% discount on in store purchases
Nov. 11th Applebee’s Free Meal from a limited menu
Nov. 11th CiCi’s Pizza Free Pizza Buffet
Nov. 11th Cotton Patch Café Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken
Nov. 11th Boston Market Free Brownie or Cookie
Nov. 11th Buffalo Wild Wings One small order of wings and side of fries
Nov. 11th California Pizza Kitchen Complimentary entrée from special menu
Nov. 11th Cantina Laredo Complimentary meal up to $15
Nov. 11th On the Border Free combo meal
Nov. 11th Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch from 11-2
Nov.11th Cattlemen’s Complimentary 8oz. Sirlon Steak Dinner
Nov. 11th Chili’s Free Meal from a limited menu
Nov. 11th Chipotle BOGO deal from 3-Close
Nov. 11th Chuck E. Cheese Free Individual 1 topping pizza
Nov. 11th Cracker Barrel Complimentary Slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola Cake
Nov. 11th Denny’s Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5-12
Nov. 11th Dickey’s BBQ Free Meal and a Big Yellow Cup
Nov. 11th El Fenix Free Meal from a select menu
Nov. 11th Furr’s Buffet Free Buffet and drink
Nov. 11th Hooter’s Free Meal from Select menu
Nov. 11th IHOP Free Red, White, & Blue pancakes from 7-7
Nov. 11th Johnny Carino’s Free Meal
Nov. 11th Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut and Small coffee
Nov. 11th Little Caesars Pizza Free $5 Lunch combo from 11-2
Nov. 11th Olive Garden Free Entrée from Special Menu
Nov. 11th Quaker Steak & Lube Complimentary or discounted Meal of their choice
Nov. 11th Red Robin Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger w/ Bottomless Steak Fries
Nov. 11th Rock & Brews Complimentary Pulled Pork Sandwich
Nov. 11th Ruby Tuesday Free Appetizer
Nov. 11th Snuffer’s Resturant & Bar Free Burger
Nov. 11th Starbucks Vets and Spouces get a Free Tall Coffee
Nov. 11th TGI Friday Free Lunch from 11-2
Nov. 11th Twin Peaks Free Menu item from their Annual Veteran’s Day Apprecication Menu
Nov. 11th World of Beer Free Select Draught Beer
Nov. 11th Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin Onion and Beverage
Nov. 11th-13th Spaghetti Warehouse Buy One Entrée and Get the Second Entrée Free
Nov. 11th-13th Firestone Complete Auto Care Additional 10% off the Lowest Ad Price
Nov. 12th- Dec. 31 Outback Steakhouse 15% off their Meals
Nov. 13th Golden Coral Free Dinner from 5-9

 

Getting to know Alex

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Please allow us to introduce the newest BIND employee, Alex Barna!  We had a few minutes (or perhaps an hour or so) to interview Alex and learn more about her.  Thanks for joining our team as a Unit Coordinator – we’re thrilled to have you here.

Q: How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

  • Compassionate
  • Crazy
  • Funny

Q: If you had a warning label, what would it say?

  • Beware of Tangents

Q: Favorite band?

  • City Color

Q: Favorite songs to listen to while:

  • Road trip = Ophelia
  • Cleaning House = Zen Music or You tube
  • Workout = Elton John

Q: Where did you go to school?

  • Stephen F Austin and UNT

Q: Where did you grow up?

  • Riverside, California

Q: Do you have any siblings?

  • 7 brothers and 1 sister

Q: Are you married?

  • I would like to be someday

Q: Children?

  • Not yet

Q: Pets?

  • 3 dogs and bees

Q: Where have you worked?

  • ABA Therapist
  • JC Penny Worker’s Compensation Adjuster

Q: What was your favorite thing about your last job?

  • The kids, they made going to work every morning worthwhile.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

“The difference between a successful person and others is not the lack of strength, not the lack of knowledge, but rather the lack of will.” Vince Lombardi

~Interview by Karl

Coping With Aphasia: A Survivor’s Perspective

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The word “Aphasia” was introduced in my vocabulary as a Physical Therapy student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1992. During my clinical experience taking care of and treating a vast number of patients with neurological conditions (cerebrovascular accidents commonly named “strokes”, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury), I found more insight 3 years ago transitioning from clinician to patient. On May 13, 2014, I had an ischemic stroke with right sided hemi paresis, motor apraxia and aphasia.

Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to a brain injury from a stroke, head trauma, brain tumors or infections. It’s more common in older adults, particularly those who have had a stroke.

Aphasia can be mild or severe dependent on the severity of the damage to language areas of the brain. People who have aphasia may affect the ability to retrieve names of objects, putting words together into sentences, reading, understanding words, finding the “right” words to complete their thoughts. They may also have problems with auditory comprehension (conversation, words or numbers), understanding written words or numbers and writing. More commonly, however, individuals with aphasia can have multiple aspects communication impairments. Unfortunately, I had all aforementioned speech deficits initially after my stroke and still have aphasia problems especially when I’m tired or emotional.

I had inpatient therapy at Baylor Rehabilitation of Dallas for one week and outpatient at Pate Rehab in Anna, TX. I participated in speech therapy 6 hours per day and 5 times per week for 8 months. My speech therapist, Anne, administered several assessments to determine the type of aphasia that affected me.

There are various types of aphasia and I have two of them: Expressive Aphasia & Anomic Aphasia

Other common types of aphasia are:

  1. Broca’s (Expressive) aphasia (non-fluent) – the person knows what he or she wants to say but has difficulty communicating it to others.
  2. Anomic aphasia – the person has word finding difficulties or struggles to find the right words to speak and write.
  3. Wernicke’s (Receptive) aphasia (fluent) – the person can hear others or read words, but may not understand the meaning of the message.
  4. Global aphasia– the person has difficulty speaking and understanding the meaning of the words. The person is unable to read or write. This is the most severe type of aphasia.
  5. Primary progressive aphasia – this type is rare where people slowly lose the ability to talk, read, write and comprehend what they hear in conversations over a period of time.

Coping with aphasia can be difficult and frustrating for many, but you must have strength to overcome. Having aphasia is a loss and grieving is key to heal mentally and spiritually during your recovery. It’s a battle to accept your impairments, to accept others & especially family to deal with your “new normal” and move forward in your life despite aphasia. Feelings of frustration, guilt and embarrassment at the inability to communicate can lead to anger, depression and avoidance of others. I stopped meeting girlfriends for lunch or other social events initially because I was embarrassed and felt I would not be involved in the conversation because my speech was not fluent. Hence, the barrier was me, not my friends.

People with aphasia may tire easily and show extreme emotional fluctuations particularly early in the recovery process. In fact, sometimes it overwhelms me to where I’m still mentally and physically exhausted. It is a lot of energy to find, write or correct words from sounds or sentences, read and speak your own name and phone number. Like writing this blog!

Family members may also feel strong emotions including anxiety, anger, confusion, depression and despair. A good support system of family and friends are important. As a person with aphasia, I understand family members may feel a sense of loss too, but practice patience. It is normal to go through a grieving process when the one you love develops aphasia. Support groups are valuable to help through this recovery and afterwards too!

If you have a loved one with aphasia, embrace them every day, allow them to keep their personality, laugh, cry and pray for them! Believe! Faith! Love!

~Celeste Larkins