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Brain injury: How it can affect everyday life — and how to prevent it.

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Brain injury: How it can affect everyday life — and how to prevent it.

Written by Health columnist Jennifer Hutchings. Philosopher René Descartes is well known for his phrase, “I think, therefore I am.” He introduced the fundamental explanation for how we currently understand the function of the brain. In other words, our brain connects us to the world we live in. It does this by receiving sensory data involving memory centers, emotion and language as we continuously interpret and respond to smells, sounds, tastes, feelings and what we see around us in our environment. All of that can change, though, when the brain is injured. The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI)...

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Who am I? by Ken Vantroba AKA CuddleMan

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Who am I?  by Ken Vantroba  AKA CuddleMan

My life drastically changed in December of 1988.  Why? At the age of 26, I suffered a severe and debilitating stroke that immediately left me unable to move, breath or eat.  I was also unable to ever work again.  That left me totally dependent upon state and federal assistance.  I don’t like that to this day! My family wasn’t prepared!  I wasn’t prepared!  We had to adjust on the fly, so to speak.  Needless to say, life became very difficult.  Since my stroke happened in 1988 there wasn’t much the medical community could do for me, so my life was...

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