Accidents happen. Brain injury happens.Unsolicited. Unanticipated. Unwelcome.
In the blink of an eye, everything changes; nothing is as it was before.
How will you identify brain injury if it happens to you or to someone you love? How will you cope with it? What resources will you need? Where will you find them?
Here you will find information for brain injury survivors, family members, caregivers, professionals and others. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is here to help.
Ryan Farrell's Story
Before April 18, 2010, I was a typical 18-year-old: I was finishing up my freshman year at college, planning out internships and possible career paths, and was setting my sights on living in New YorkCity. I was on the cheerleading squad, had just finished the initiation for my sorority and was looking forward to all of the clubs I would join at school. My life was nearly perfect.
While performing with my cheerleading squad at a fundraising exhibition, a flyer on top of my stunt group fell and landed on me. I did not receive immediate medical attention and was encouraged to keep performing. A short time later, I collapsed and did not regain consciousness. I had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in my neck. I endured two emergency craniotomies, my skull bone-flap was placed in my abdomen to preserve its viability, and I spent the next two weeks in a medically induced coma. There were so many unknowns. The only thing my family knew for certain was that I had suffed a TBI and that the road ahead was going to be lengthy and arduous.
"Brain Games" - New Social Recreation Group for Brain Injury Survivors
Brain Games, the new social recreation group for brain injury survivors, will take place the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the BIA-MA office in Westborough, Mass. This group is free for survivors but registration is required. To pre-register please call 508-475-0032.
Craft Corner - tons of fun!
Participate in our new craft corner group! This program is for survivors that enjoy crafting with a wide range of art materials. These programs will take place the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the BIA-MA office in Westborough, Mass. There is no charge for this program, but donations are always accepted to offset the cost of materials. You will need to pre-register by calling 508-875-0032 or visit www.biama.org.
New! Fall 2014 BIA-MA Newsletter
BIA-MA's quarterly newsletter, Heads Up Headlines, provides updates on recent events, research, survivor and caregiver tips, a calendar of upcoming events, and prevention articles to keep you aprised of the latest in the field of brain injury.
Get Involved in BIA-MA's #BrainInjuryAffects Campaign
Have you suffered a brain injury or do you know someone who has? Do you work with, serve or care for a brain injury survivor? This year, in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIA-MA has launched a unique advocacy campaign, #BrainInjuryAffects. Whether you're a provider, professional working in the field or a survivor or loved one, there's plenty of ways to get involved.
Update to Hutchinson v. Patrick Settlement
Based on an update to the Hutchinson v. Patrick Settlement, nearly 1,200 individuals living with brain injuries in nursing facilities will have the opportunity to move into community residences over the next six years under a proposed agreement negotiated by state officials and attorneys for the plaintiffs.
BIA-MA 2013 Fiscal Year Annual Report
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