Personal Experiences

Blogs in a Blog

By Lauren Costello / February 17, 2020 /

What is a blog? A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. The main purpose of a blog is to connect the author to the relevant audience. There are many blogs and groups out there…

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Providing that Bridge between the Individual, Family, and Provider

By Lauren Costello / January 8, 2020 /

I’ve been working for Community Partnerships, Inc. (CPI) for 16 years and am currently the Director of Vocational Services.  Currently, I provide full oversight to the Brain Injury Support Services (BISS) program, designed to help individuals who have sustained a brain injury prepare for and return to the workforce.   A couple of years after…

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ReBirth Day

By Lauren Costello / January 8, 2020 /

About the Author   Angela Leigh Tucker is a North Carolina native.  She has written columns in past editions of the Brain Injury Association of NC’s  publication, Starting Point.  Angela was living and working in New York when she was in a car crash that caused her brain injury.  She lost her husband in that…

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A Family’s Journey

By Lauren Costello / October 22, 2019 /

A Lesson to Show me How Good Life is Marcus & Cousins A man, a son, living with Traumatic Brain Injury Hello, my name is Marcus Hart and I have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). My life has changed completely. Before my accident, I played basketball, danced, sang and was pursuing a future as a…

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Blessed in Many Ways

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

On February 26, 2001 I was at work and received a phone call from Mary 3:00 AM that our son, Jeff was in a serious car accident. Mary was in bed and woken with a knock on our front door. When we arrived at Wake Med Hospital we were told that Jeff had only a…

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Striving to Support

By Lauren Costello / October 21, 2019 /

I began my journey supporting individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury when I met Sam. Sam was a soft spoken independent contractor who had small business and had supported himself by gaining a reputation as a talented wood craftsman. Sam sustained his injury when he was approximately 55 years old, while helping renovate a client’s home.…

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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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