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

The headache and heartache of romance

BY: MARK KONING As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is (supposedly) in the air, but what does that mean to a brain injury survivor? Personally, I’m not a Cupid fan favourite. Are my feelings brain injury related? I don’t know. The thought of recognizing a shared love with close family and friends basically sits well with me. But the celebration of … Continue reading The headache and heartache of romance

Brain injury in the family: then and now

BY: MARK KONING In 1978, when I was six years of age, I was admitted to the hospital with a viral brain infection, known as encephalitis. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, caused either by an infection invading the brain (infectious) or through the immune system attacking the brain in error (post-infectious or autoimmune encephalitis). … Continue reading Brain injury in the family: then and now