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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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Lawyer Turned Social Worker Intern

By BIAV Administrator | Apr 16, 2018

Three years ago, I made a life-altering decision to stop being a lawyer and start being a social worker.   For many years, I felt stuck. I had invested a lot of time, money, and energy into pursuing a career I believed would be fulfilling. As a lawyer, I hoped to help people navigate confusing…

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 30, 2018

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, BIAV hosted its first Brain Injury Awareness Poster Contest.  The contest was open to students in grades K-8 across the state.  The goal of the contest was for youth to become involved in brain injury awareness.  We were pleased to receive 48 entries from students from across Virginia;…

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Three Reasons We Love Advocacy (and you should too)

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 23, 2018

      Earlier this week, BIAV attended Brain Injury Awareness Day in Washington DC. As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, advocates gather on Capitol Hill to talk to their elected officials about the need for more services and supports for persons with brain injury.  It’s an exciting day, filled with people who are…

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Don’t Stop Believing in You

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 17, 2018

Resilience. It’s a term you hear often but may not truly understand what it means and how it could help you. Resilience simply means the ability to bounce back, to rally, and be flexible.  This is a lot easier said than done, but it can make a big difference in the way you move forward…

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A Month of Lions and Lambs – Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 9, 2018

Check out our new blog! A Month of Lions and Lambs – Celebrating Brain Injury Awareness   The old saying goes ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.’ This statement feels especially true in Virginia where one day might be 80 degrees, the next a snowstorm. March is unpredictable –…

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Jeremy’s Story

By BIAV Administrator | Mar 7, 2018

On October 3, 2014, 1 week prior to my 41st birthday, a disgruntled former employee of the condominium building I managed came inside and shot me point blank. I had fired the man two months prior and he returned with all intentions of killing me. The bullet went entirely through the right side of my…

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Caregiver Resilience after Brain Injury

By BIAV Administrator | Feb 10, 2018

Sign up here today for this webinar on February 22nd at 3:00 p.m. This webinar describes the concept of resilience and how it relates to caregivers after brain injury. Information on how brain injury impacts the family and ideas for improving resilience are shared. 1. Participants will be able to define resilience. 2. Participants will…

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