Source: Shireen Anne Jeejeebhoy A few years ago, a presenter asked the members of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto to raise their hands if they believed in God or a higher power. Most raised their hands. The presenter asked the same question of those who provide health care to people with brain injury. Most did not raise their hands. I found that interesting. And it may explain why faith is not part of the discussion with most health care providers unless they, too, believe in God and/or attend religious services. “When they are able to engage their religious and spiritual selves, they do tend to feel better, function better, and actually live better and live longer than those people who are not religious and spiritual ... The medical establishment needs to look at this data, try to understand it better, and try to find ways of helping patients to better engage a side of themselves that might be very valuable for their overall health and well-being.” –Dr. Andrew Newberg, … [Read more...] about Does Faith Serve a Purpose After Brain Injury?
When speaking, I talk about how Alex was developing normally until the age of three. The fact that he was counting in three languages, and was able to say on 9/11 “turns the TV off, that’s scary”. Without fail I am asked, so what happened to Alex? Before Autism Before Alex’s regression , he was developing typically, if not at an advanced rate. Always a favorite with caregivers at Chesterbrook Academy in Virginia, Alex often helped the staff with other kids and had little jobs to do. I remember the women who worked there saying how Alex was the perfect man, as he loved to clean up, cook (with plastic toys) and dance. I also remember specific conversations, how he would tell my friend his favorite team was the Yankees. How he would call his pop-pop “my friend”. How he would ask to speak to Grandma on the phone. One time, at a restaurant with my parents, the waiter brought over the dessert tray and described all before repairing to the kitchen. Alex did a double take … [Read more...] about So what Happened to Alex?