Darcy Keith's tips to help other survivors

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Darcy Keith's tips to help other survivors

Known as The Queen of Survival and The Miracle Child, TBI survivor Darcy Keith provides tips on brain injury prevention, advocacy, overcoming challenges, and much more!

Website: http://www.DarcyKeith.com
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Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2015

Hi, and welcome to the group to gain tips and help others on issues that will help you and other survivors of brain injury.

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isolation 3 Replies

hi Darcy Keith i don't like to isolate myself its just i have a hard time making good friends any more so i keep to myself and the only one i drive nuts is me oh i do get out of my apt and keep in…Continue

Started by tommy manning. Last reply by Onward & Upward Dec 6, 2013.

Disability benefits for volunteer firefighters...? 1 Reply

             "We light the fireworks on the Fourth of July. We pull people out of burning buildings. We teach children not to play with matches. By one estimate, we save taxpayers $37 billion a…Continue

Started by Michael Nicholson. Last reply by Darcy Keith Jun 4, 2012.

Truth and being honest to myself 2 Replies

One of my hardest cacoons to break out of was being honest to myself! I had to come to terms with me. No self denial, I had to believe what I really believed was really real! Healing is an everyday…Continue

Started by roy huckaby. Last reply by Brenda Bell Oct 26, 2011.

Learning how to be an advocate for yourself and receiving advise from others to better yourself

Darcy Keith i have done a lot of advocacy for myself and others to be able to be on a state council to help others not have to go through the same thing that i was going through before what i had…Continue

Started by tommy manning Sep 24, 2011.

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Comment by Kathie Mayer on June 24, 2014 at 9:26am

Hi, Darcy.

I just wanted to check in to see how you are doing?  It's been a long time since I've seen anything posted here.  I miss your insights and the discussions! Hope you have some good things happening in your life. ~ Kathie

Comment by TBI Survivors Network on April 8, 2014 at 12:06am

we can only do the best we can and that is good enough if you give it all you got

Comment by Lee Walter Radick on May 27, 2013 at 7:39pm

In reading your help tips Darcy i will say i have been taking fish oil pills for a long time and eating healthy. With my memory problems im not sure how long my OCD has created taking fish oil pills every morning and like u said i occasionally indulge in fast food. Im sorry i have no bits of wisdom to suggest for positive reinforcement. Thanks for the effort

Comment by Darcy Keith on May 27, 2013 at 6:57pm

   Earlier this month, I talked about three things which could damage your brain. But, wouldn’t you like to know some techniques that you could do today which would boost your brain and possibly reverse damage that’s been done? I know I do, and that is why I’ve been reading Dr. Daniel Amen’s book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. Below, I’ll talk about two better brain functioning techniques that will affect us for life.

     This first technique may not be popular with many folks, as we live in a fast-paced world. But did you know that 25% of the calories you eat go to feeding your brain? What this means that is if you have a fast food diet, you will have a fast food brain. What you eat directly affects your mood and thinking. Changing your diet to healthy foods will help balance your hormones, help you have clearer thinking to make better decisions, and have a better
quality of life.
     Secondly, in the past few years, I’ve heard about taking fish oil as the newest latest and greatest thing. I don’t know about you, but the appalling smell and taste of fish is something that I really don’t care for. However, when reading Dr. Amen’s book, it became more apparent that I needed to change my thoughts and add a daily fish oil supplement, a great resource omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil contains DHA, which is critical for normal brain function not only for infants, but throughout life, as well as
could play a major role in how we think and feel. Studies show omega-3 fatty acids also may help promote emotional balance and positive mood, two things that can reduce the tendency to overeat.
     I’m not saying that you couldn’t have an occasional small order of french fries, but maybe substitute a healthier side option like apple slices, side salad or a yogurt parfait in the meantime?
What are some changes that you could implement today which would positively affect the way you think and feel?

Comment by Darcy Keith on May 7, 2013 at 3:56am

Thank you, Tommy!  You are an inspiration to others, too.  I would love to come speak at a brain injury conference in Washington if you know of an opportunity, and would love to meet you!  I hope you are feeling better soon!

Comment by tommy manning on May 6, 2013 at 8:19am

good day to ya Darcy hope you are doing good this day good day to be alive like the soldiers say today is an alive day well we have another conference coming up here in Washington again i am still sore but am going to attend the conference anyway wish you could be their you are an amazing person i look up to you

Comment by Darcy Keith on May 2, 2013 at 3:29am

    Last month, we dove into ‘change your brain, change your body’ by talking
about what it means to have brain envy. Having brain envy means is to develop
habits and actions that won’t hurt your brain but you instead want to do things
that allow the brain to be the best functional and sizeable that it can. In this
article, let’s look at various things that cause harm and damage to our brains
and body..
     Do you have stress in your life? What about poor eating
habits? Get enough sleep lately? The list could go on and on, as if our life is
spiraling out of control. With chronic stress, your brain tells your body to
secrete higher amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to more fat,
increases muscle tension, increases blood pressure, and more. Drinking too much
caffeine or energy beverages restricts blood flow, dehydrates your body, and
fools the brain into thinking it does not need to sleep. Lack of sleep may cause
a person to overeat, which could add pounds and stress to our body. Getting less
than six hours of sleep a night lessens overall bbrain function, as well.

     None of this is new information for you. But what is new information
may be that if you take away or reduce some of these stressors on our brains and
bodies, your brain can actually reverse the signs of aging and become healthier,
according to Dr. Daniel Amen. Yes, you could have a younger brain when you are
56 than 27 and boost your brain function by just putting into place some
techniques.
     So, what are some of these techniques? We’ll take a look at
them next month. Until then, what are some other things that damage your brain?
Love to hear your thoughts.

Comment by Darcy Keith on March 23, 2013 at 4:57pm

I completely agree with Kelly on her thoughts of not isolating yourself, Tausha.  We are designed to have relationships with other people (i.e. friendships).  We need other people. Sometimes with a brain injury, it's difficult to distinguish who is a true friend and not.  For example, I met my husband less than 2 months after my injury.  He tried to isolate me from my friends and one thing led to another where I would up in Indianapolis' Criminal Court system as a victim of domestic violence.  However, I didn't allow this bad experience shut people out of my life.  I could easily have, but didn't.  We need each other.  Now, I found a wonderful man, with whom we have a beautiful daughter.  I wouldn't have been able to experience that if I didn't take a change and allow myself to be vulnerable again.  Especially with a frontal lobe injury which affects judgment, I could have kept to myself after the abuse.  I'd like to encourage you to keep an open mind and try not to isolate yourself.  You will be glad you did in the long run.

Comment by Susan Kelly Sanders on March 22, 2013 at 2:40pm

Tausha; by isolating yourself due to fear of some people using you, you are harming your necessary socialization skills; and risking losing some real friends and people important in your life.  I found that I too was beginning to isolate myself for similar reasons,  it hurt to get used or taken advantage of, still does but I've learned how to compartmentalize those detractors and still intermingle with others.  It can be hard because since my TBI I have a hard seeing/ understanding humor.  I'll look you up on FB.

Kelly

Comment by tausha black on March 22, 2013 at 11:38am

I tend to isolate and shut people out of my life, since my Tbi.  I've been used by people and I feel like I'm safe because I'm home with my doors closed and curtains drawn but I'm also wondering? Is there anyone out there who is scared to meet people and keep to yourself? Please add me as a friend on facebook, taushaburkholder in Odessa,TX

 

 

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