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May 16

June 2024 Emily Bane

Content warning: Detailed description of injury I Have By Emily Bane Have you ever felt the tug Of loose snow…

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Mar 27

April 2024 Niels Mank

Niels Mank was born in September 1976 and died on February 11th, 2021. Niels 2.0 was born on February 11th,…

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Dec 27

January 2024 Peter Kenyon

Content warning: mention of suicide In the early hours of April 8, 2020, I was involved in a motor vehicle…

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Nov 27

December 2023 Deb McIntosh

This is not a pretty story. It doesn’t even have a happy ending, but I believe it’s a story that…

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Oct 25

November 2023 Hoffman Family Story

“Everything you wanted to learn about yourself, you learn in 26.2 miles.” Bob Hoffman is a naturally gifted endurance athlete.…

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Sep 26

October 2023 Mindy Forino

Sunday, September 12, 2010, started out no different than so many other days for me. Wake up at the hotel,…

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Jul 28

August 2023 Troy Morgan

Troy Morgan is a client at Goodwill NeuroRehab in Lewiston, Maine, and he recently became a published author. Troy’s lifelong…

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Jun 22

July 2023 Catherine Vaughn

As the saying goes, “We make plans, and God laughs.” This is not to say that God allowed my husband…

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May 24

June 2023 Beverly McLean

The day has come for me to write “The Story.” The story started many years ago when my son Gary…

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Apr 25

May 2023 Tim Butterworth

Tim Butterworth’s Journey It was the phone call no parent ever wants to get. In 2018, my husband Frank’s phone…

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Apr 03

April 2023 Kenneth Halmos

In the fall of 2002, I was 31. I remember the ride down to Boston in my friend’s van like…

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Mar 03

March 2023 Alexis Wyman-LaBelle

March 7, 2016, is a date engraved in my brain forever– not literally of course– but it’s what I call…

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Feb 01

February 2023 Travis Durepo

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a 2006 Graduate of Husson College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in…

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Dec 07

December 2022 Ed Russell

Love makes the world go around! We all do things for the people we love that we might not even…

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Nov 01

November 2022 Enga Stewart

Life took a major change on the evening of July 17, 2019. Earlier that day, I had spent time gardening…

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Oct 03

October 2022 Larry Marquis

Well, here it is seven years later. I wrote my story in 2015 after having two strokes in 2009 that…

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Aug 29

September 2022 Sue Pilote

Committed: Sue Pilote’s Caregiver Story How often does anyone reflect on the vows they made at their wedding? On our…

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Jun 21

July 2022 Joy Keane

In early June of 2020, Joy and her eldest son were on their way to visit her mother when they…

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May 23

June 2022 Marion & Marianna

Marion Sellner and Marianna Russo have been through a lot in their nearly 18 years together. They both grew up…

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Apr 28

May 2022 Tamara Osgood

Tamara Osgood is an Environmental Services Tech at a local hospital and didn't realize at the time that she was…

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Mar 18

March 2022 Jim Beaudry

Jim Beaudry grew up in Thomaston, Maine. He was a Navy hospital corpsman working wards and treating patients during the…

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Feb 22

February 2022 Celina McMichael

I have lived in Kennebunk, Maine since 2005 with my husband and family that now consists of two daughters ages…

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Jan 24

January 2022 Fran White

I never expected that I would have concerns about my brain. Certainly, I had concerns about other aging parts of…

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Nov 16

November 2021 Jeff Hamel

  It’s All About Perspective.  How we see the world is a direct link to our own experiences. That's one…

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Oct 19

October 2021 Gail Waitkun

On February 25, 2015, I experienced my 12th head injury. It was a seemingly innocuous jolt to my head that…

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Aug 11

August 2021 Natalie Howard

I was a passenger on a motorcycle in 1997 (24 years ago), hit by a drunk driver who fled, and…

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Jul 07

July 2021 Brandon Clukey

You Don’t Need a Hero, You ARE the Hero My first accident was in 1996 when I was 9. I…

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Jun 17

June 2021 Morgan Zenter

As a brain injury survivor, the road to recovery can be tedious and there may not come a date and…

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May 11

May 2021 Annemarie Albiston

The phone rang in the early morning hours. It was my mother saying something was wrong with my father, and…

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Apr 05

April 2021 Michelle Spencer

My story began with migraines when I was about 10 years old. My first diagnosis was from the pediatrician even…

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Mar 01

March 2021 Guy Pilote

The Hike for Hope Just a Guy on the Trail Guy Pilote is known by family, friends, and the community…

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Feb 12

February 2021 Chris Barr

I was sent out to Boise, Idaho from Maine for a work trip in September of 2019. It was an…

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Dec 11

December 2020 Jenn Williams

10 Days by Jenn Williams “If I die, this is how it started,” I said as I cracked a joke…

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Nov 09

November 2020 Heidi McCausland

In October 2006: I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. That morning, my cats had woken me up at 4:30. I…

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Oct 21

October 2020 Jamie Bean

It was Sunday, December 9, 2018, and I was just getting home from watching a very unpleasant football game with…

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Sep 11

September 2020 Kim Block

About a year and a half ago, in January 2019, I suffered a concussion, also known as a traumatic brain…

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Aug 14

August 2020 Spencer Weigman

My name is Spencer Weigman and I’m 31 years old. My TBI was a result of a work-related accident. I…

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Jul 07

July 2020 Jamie Patterson

My name is Jamie Patterson and I suffered a traumatic brain injury back in June of 2012. Like most survivors,…

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Jun 15

May 2020 Bry Barrows

January 7, 2011, when I was 20 years old, my friend and I were on our way out. Around eight…

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Mar 12

March 2020 Nitzana Aufiero

At 21 years old, I was enjoying the adventure of experiencing life in completely new environments. I was drawn to…

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Feb 19

February 2020 Logan Hardy

February 3, 2016. I was 20 years old. It was just another normal day off for me. I got up…

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Jan 13

January 2020 Monica Chamberlain

Twenty-five years ago, on October 9, 1994, I had just started college and I was looking forward to the typical…

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Dec 09

December 2019 Allison Hepler

I am a State Representative serving my first term in the Maine State Legislature. One of the personal highlights of…

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Oct 15

October 2019 John Nelson

My name is John Nelson, Sgt USMC retired, MOS Rifleman. I strive to not let my brain injury define me,…

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Sep 05

September 2019 David Krempels

My name is David Krempels. I survived a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor-vehicle accident in 1992. That’s 27…

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Jul 30

August 2019 Courtney Rowe

My name is Courtney Rowe. Back in November of 2009 I was in a car accident. This resulted in my…

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May 02

May 2019 Rachel Glaser

My name is Rachel Glaser and I suffered a traumatic brain injury in August of 2004. My boyfriend at the…

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Apr 10

April 2019 Jeffrey Kerr

I was sitting in a highchair when my grandmother got a telephone call; it was my mother and she had…

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Mar 18

March 2019 The Goulet Family

The Goulet Family Michael T. Goulet was born September 30, 1989 and he was a vibrant, funny child who loved…

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Feb 13

2019 Jaime Murphy

My name is Jaime. I am 30-year-old whose life has been changed forever. On November 20, 2017, I suffered a…

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Jan 04

January 2019 Lee Glynn

In the early morning hours of October 29, 2017, my life changed forever. It was going to be a busy…

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Dec 10

December 2018 Seth Vincent

I was 19 when I first uttered the words, “I have cancer.”I was fresh out of high school and just…

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Sep 17

September 2018 Tina Callahan

Tina & Tom Callahan On Friday, September 13, 2002, Tina suffered a major stroke. It was a totally unexpected event,…

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Aug 16

August 2018 Justin Barnes

Last night my stepson informed me that when he and my wife had been shopping a couple days prior, he’d…

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Jul 27

July 2018 Gary Wolcott

In 1983, Gary's father Bernard began to experience dizziness and poor balance. After three months of investigations into inner ear…

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Jun 20

June 2018 Deb Hanmer

  During the summer of 1997, my life changed forever. I had been living with severe headaches for several years.…

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May 18

May 2018 Eliza Edmunds

In 2005, Eliza Edmunds at 13 was a normal seventh-grader playing soccer, riding horses in the county fair, playing guitar,…

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Apr 11

April 2018 David Lamont

It is me today, yesterday I was you, tomorrow you could be me. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can happen…

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Mar 15

March 2018 Greg Fraser

My father, Arthur Fraser, struggled with aphasia for two years before he passed away at the age of 90. For…

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Feb 26

February 2018 Ralph Poland

  Ever since my strokes, I have been trying to find the right words to offer insight for Loved ones,…