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

How I handle the holidays as an ABI survivor

BY: MARK KONING   Isn’t that how the song goes? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But for some I think you could easily substitute wonderful with stressful or depressing. The days surrounding Christmas can be both joyful and stressful for many individuals who are out there listening to festive songs while fighting through … Continue reading How I handle the holidays as an ABI survivor

Will Tracy Morgan’s brain injury lead to more TBI awareness?

BY: MARK KONING Regardless of public figures, such as Tracy Morgan, sustaining a brain injury from a car accident this past June, awareness (in my opinion) has not shone on this life threatening and/or life changing disability enough. I recall back in 2009 when film actress Natasha Richardson had a ski accident where she fell. She complained … Continue reading Will Tracy Morgan’s brain injury lead to more TBI awareness?

Why exercise (such as the BIST 5K – hint, hint) is good for you

BY: MARK KONING If you haven’t heard: The BIST 5K Run,Walk & Roll is on September 20th 2014! Why do the BIST 5K? Doesn’t the idea of raising money, contributing to a cause, taking part and being active sound good? So why don’t YOU join the BIST 5K? Exercising in honour of loved ones, a family member, friend, or even … Continue reading Why exercise (such as the BIST 5K – hint, hint) is good for you