Mark Koning challenges barriers in his latest novel

BY: MERI PERRA It took time for Mark Koning to find the right cover image for his third and most recent book, Challenging Barriers and Walking the Path. First, he wanted to find a picture of himself with his dad, who died when Koning was just 13-years-old. Second, he wanted a picture of the two of them walking away on a path, à propos the book’s title. “The … Continue reading Mark Koning challenges barriers in his latest novel

Mark Koning: how our dogs helped with my mom’s ABI recovery

Every animal lover knows pets play a very special role in our lives. This story by Mark Koning is the first in a series where Brain Injury Blog TO will explore the relationships we have with our animal companions, as ABI survivors and caregivers. I am what you would call, ‘a dog person’. I believe dogs are awesome pets. Forget … Continue reading Mark Koning: how our dogs helped with my mom’s ABI recovery

Talking it out: ABI survivor and caregiver stress

BY: MARK KONING Whether you are a survivor or caregiver to someone with a brain injury, it is sometimes quite difficult to find a confidant that you can feel comfortable talking with when it comes to issues such as the stresses, emotional trauma or everyday hardships that can be inflicted upon one’s life. An individual can … Continue reading Talking it out: ABI survivor and caregiver stress

Coming back to BIST’s peer support program

BY: MARK KONING I recently went through a re-training session to once again become a mentor in BIST’s peer support program. It felt good, returning to a cause that is both helpful and important. After a two-year stint as a peer mentor, I needed a break. Now, a year and a half later, I am stepping up to the plate again and returning to … Continue reading Coming back to BIST’s peer support program