September 2009 Blog Posts (8)

Message to Barry Joe

I don't hate you, Barry Joe.

Sometimes, though, I try to imagine

what could have been so goddamn wrong

in your life,

what sent you out in public

spoiling for a fight,

looking for someone new to hurt.

Rich kid, rich kid

daddy was a doctor

divorced from your mama.

They seemed to bail you out of every jam.

Eric must have looked like an easy target,

girl-crazy and gangly,

his face already pock-marked by the acne

that… Continue

Added by Shelah Riggins on September 15, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

TBI Poem

Author's Note: I don't pretend to be a poet--I just thought I might try to capture what it's like to live with TBI in verse.

Waves of memory

almost break against

the shoals of my mind.

Half-sensed pains echo dimly

and, thus,

anchor me to my past

my present

my future.

Who am I?

who am i?

I am mighty, a salmon,

playing out the same destiny

that so many have played before me,

Only the… Continue

Added by Shelah Riggins on September 10, 2009 at 2:17am — No Comments

lost myself again:(

ok some info on me my original tbi was late may 1982,

I didn't lose much of my personality then least i done think so.

I was 21 almost 22 at the time.

I was careful for the first 8 years after tbi

then I got hired full time by a parks district.

I told them of the tbi

work was good ,

over the years i have bumped my head into various things, lightspoles , steeping off ladder from third step giving head a jolt. Iafter 11 years I was working as late shift lead… Continue

Added by mark floyd on September 7, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Concussion In Sports

A concussion is a brain injury. All concussions are serious. Concussions can occur with or without loss of consciousness. Concussions can occur in any sport. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death. FROM: CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Added by Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker on September 5, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

More People Eligible for Extra Help under Medicare

For people with limited income and resources, there is Extra Help available under the Medicare program to help cover the costs of prescription drugs. Social Security needs your help in spreading the word about some changes in the law beginning January 1, 2010 that could make more people eligiblefor this Extra Help. The changes were part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.

The two most significant changes are:

• Social Security will no longer count as a… Continue

Added by Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker on September 5, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

A Web Page Just for Social Security and SSI Representatives


Are you a representative for a Social Security or SSI applicant? Or thinking about representing someone who is applying for benefits? If so, Social Security has a web page that was designed just for you. The Representing Claimants page is stocked full of information on everything you need to know: how to be appointed as a representative, when you can and cannot charge fees, and federal regulations on representation. You’ll even find a model fee agreement,… Continue

Added by Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker on September 5, 2009 at 11:32am — No Comments

Workplace - Charity Campaigns and Donations

Workplace Charity Campaigns, such as the United Way, American Red Cross, and Combined Federal Campaign will start soon. Please remember to designate Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) as the recipient of your donations! We raise the funds to operate BIAF through our events, membership, grants and charitable dollars. BIAF does not charge any family who calls our Resource Center and is in need of help, case management services or hope. Workplace Charity funds are very important to BIAF… Continue

Added by Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker on September 5, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

where has the sun gone?

after a head injury at ten, without any knowlege of what i would never do again, but was able to do, i graduated high school, bright enough to enroll in our local collage.( please remeber one thing, my spelling always stunk, even befor tbi. so far i can't find the spell check on this site, so far yet ) the injuries sustained at ten, haunted me a life time. ( don't ask, a woman never reveals her age,OLD, is that enough?humm real old if i think about it ) any way, i found my self dealing with… Continue

Added by michelle boyd on September 4, 2009 at 6:03am — No Comments

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