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No two brain injuries are alike…no two stories are alike. We hear stories of miracles, courage, resilience, humor, kindness, and hope every day; we thought you should too. Life is a series of stories, and we hope you find a meaningful one here.

Our blog offers inspiration from a variety of perspectives - people living with a brain injury, caregivers, professionals, students, and members of the community who want to help.

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One Foot in Front of the Other

By BIAV Administrator | Oct 22, 2019

More than 6 years ago, Anne’s life changed as the result of a brain injury. Through her recovery, she learned how difficult, yet important it is to put one foot in front of the other… In her own words, here is Anne’s story: Before my injury, I owned my own business for 30 years called Read More »

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Training Mental Health Workers to Respond More Effectively to Those with Brain Injury

By BIAV Administrator | Sep 26, 2019

Thanks to Mary Begor, the Crisis Intervention Community Support Specialist for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Donna Cantrell at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Program Specialist for Virginia’s Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Act Grant, BIAV was given an amazing opportunity. Since January of this year (2019), Read More »

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Cheryl Dean – Resilient Brain

By BIAV Administrator | Aug 21, 2019

One fateful day in 2017 changed Cheryl’s life forever. In her own words, here is Cheryl’s story: It started as a typical day. On January 31, 2017, I was walking across the street when I was hit by a truck. After being flown to the hospital, I was placed in a coma on life support Read More »

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Millennials in Today’s Workforce

By BIAV Administrator | Jul 20, 2019

Millennials in Today’s Workforce Samantha Carmack Samantha is a BIAV young professionals member, former BIAV intern, and counselor for Camp Bruce McCoy. In May, Samantha graduated from Mary Baldwin University with her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree. Thank you for contributing to our blog!   Often times the ambition, drive, and confidence of the millennial generation Read More »

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Alex Joncas, Summer 2019 Public Relations Intern

By BIAV Administrator | Jun 14, 2019

About Me My name is Alex and I am the new intern at BIAV! I am so excited to be able to intern with BIAV and learn a variety of new skills. I am from Charlottesville, Virginia and I am currently studying Communication and Sociology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg – go Hokies! I get Read More »

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Our Final Shout-Out for Member Appreciation Month

By BIAV Administrator | May 14, 2019

Our final shout-out for Member Appreciation Month goes to Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley (BICSV) for their outstanding work in the community and specifically for their Crisis Intervention Trainings (CIT)! In case you are unfamiliar with BICSV, they are a state-funded program that provides community-based case management services to those affected by brain Read More »

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Meet Lauren Daugherty!

By BIAV Administrator | Apr 29, 2019

  Lauren and her husband Michael live in Chesapeake, Virginia with their two children, Logan and Emma. When she’s not spending time with her kids at the beach, you can find Lauren doing some interior decorating and crafting! Lauren joined BIAV this past winter because of her personal connection to brain injury. “My sweet, big-hearted, Read More »

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“The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be”

By BIAV Administrator | Jul 13, 2018

When I first heard this quote from Yogi Berra , I thought it was a malapropism, which is an unintentional and often humorous distortion of a word or phrase.  But as the Brain Injury Association of Virginia  board and staff members have been focusing on succession planning, I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot. Read More »

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Camp Reflection

By BIAV Administrator | Jun 26, 2018

My name is Kailee Boedeker, and I’ve been working as a volunteer for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) for the last several months. My involvement with BIAV began when I accepted a life-guarding opportunity offered to me for Camp Bruce McCoy in 2014.  In 2015, I was given the responsibility of being lead female Read More »

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