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
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?
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
BY: MARK KONING There are few things greater than being referred to as a hero. Don’t get the wrong idea, I do not advocate for brain injury for that purpose. I do not talk about what I have gone through, and still go through, as a Survivor of ABI (acquired brain injury) for fame and applause, … Continue reading Advocating the basics of the brain
A presentation to BIST members by doctors Michael and Lynda Thompson.
Written by Mark Koning We all have our special talents in life; things that we are good at. Some people have these skills from the day that they are born; others acquire them at later stages in their life. We all grow and learn through school and our experiences. All experiences! So yes, I say … Continue reading Abilities
by Mark Koning Imagine being in a loving, easy-going marriage; having and raising two amazing kids, one boy and one girl; driving your dream car; being at the top of a successful career; being a part of a great social scene. Can you picture it? Now, imagine that in an instant it is gone! Your … Continue reading Can you imagine?
by Mark Koning I believe that one of the most important things we can share is communication; proper communication. That by sharing we learn what understanding really is, and only then can we establish true Equality and Inclusion. That is easier said than done; because what happens when there are difficulties with Communicating? Difficulties that … Continue reading Difficulties with Dialogue Communication: Part 2
By Mark Koning, BIST Member “I don’t want to blame my brain injury.” It is a thought that I am sure has run through the mind of many an ABI Survivor before. I myself have thought it and I have heard others say it. It is fairly easy to have self doubt, especially when there … Continue reading Communication is the key
By Mark Koning Being at middle ground can often feel like being ON battle ground; doing the right thing often feels like doing the wrong thing…. or the hard thing. But in the long run, this middle ground, this doing the right thing, not only benefits others, but I think it also benefits oneself. ********** … Continue reading Middle Ground