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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…