Lauren Costello

Embarking on a Journey

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

In May of 2010, I am embarked on a journey I never say coming.  I began the journey of a caregiver.  My husband was 28 at the time and as a result of a motocross wreck, he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.  He spent 10 months unresponsive in a coma, I was told he…

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Establishing Your Own Path

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Hi, my name is Jordan Slade. I am a TBI and 2 stroke survivor. I’d like to tell you a little about my story and what having a brain injury means to me. Now, I’d like for you to keep in your forethought, that every brain injury is acquired differently as well as the recovery…

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Remember the Turtle… He was Slow but he WON the Race

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

I have had my brain injury for a long, long time now.  It has almost become a friend to me. My injury came right after receiving my RN license from a car accident.  Everything was very bad in the beginning.  I was not supposed to live to even get to the hospital. My injuries damaged…

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I Don’t like People Putting Me into a Box…

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

I was on top of the world in the fall of 2001 during my senior year at East Carolina University. I made the Dean’s list, was actively involved in the community, and interning at a local news channel. It was one night in my apartment in early October that I blacked out! After 30 days in a…

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Concussion

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain communicates with the rest of your body. It can happen when your brain gets bounced around in your skull after a major fall, blast, or hit to the head. For many people, they may not even lose consciousness (black out), after the injury making…

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Legal & Financial Services

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Where to Start? After a brain injury there may be certain logistics that need to be taken for financial and legal matters. Every person and their needs are different. Depending on your situation, legal compensation or financial assistance may be available. Questions Services Are you looking for some assistance with money or your finances for…

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State & Federal TBI Services Overview

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

The Department of Health & Human Services The Department of Health and Human Services is further broken down into divisions to provide targeted service efforts. The Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS) is the state agency charged with determining policies and practices used by mental health, developmental disability, and substance…

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Community Services after Brain Injury

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Individuals living with brain injury may feel isolated or confused about what services might help them live their fullest life. Each have different eligibility or criteria for acceptance. Be sure to ask what finances they accept for services, transportation, and what the daily/weekly schedule looks like. Where to Start? Not sure where to start?  Some…

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Frequently Asked Questions

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

How does a brain injury affect the individual? The family? A brain injury is something that is often unexpected and its effect on a person work the same way. Due to the changes in the way the brain communicates with the rest of the body, a variety of changes may occur. These effects may be…

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Crisis Intervention after Brain Injury

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

Differences after a brain injury may mean that a person may be more likely to experience a “crisis” situation. A crisis is really a subjective experience, varying from person to person, and often relating back to feeling unsafe or not in control. When the individual or others around them are not feeling safe or are…

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