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The Garden State’s Premier
Brain Injury Conference
Hosted by The Brain Injury Alliance
of New Jersey

May 16-17, 2013

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Conference Topics include: Impulsivity, Mild Brain Injury, Brain Injury & Relationships, Serving Veterans with TBI, Impact of Brain Injury on Spouses, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, Health & Aging, BI Basics, Concussion, Psychotherapy After BI, Neurotoxicity, Managing Emotion and Behavior, Meditation and Yoga, and much more.

photoIn attendance today is Harrison J. Gordon, Senior Partner at Gordon and Gordon, PC  and the Gordon and Gordon team.  Harrison is a trustee of The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) which is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life people experience after brain injury, and bringing the promise of a better tomorrow. Joining Harrison Gordon in this picture is Darlene Abry, the head paralegal of the brain injury and personal injury section at Gordon and Gordon, PC. 

Keynote Speaker: Lee Woodruff, CBS This Morning.

lee-woodruffAs co-author of the best-selling In an Instant,Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq.  Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.

photo (6)Today Lee Woodruff spoke about her husband Bob Woodruff’s traumatic brain injury which occurred when he was covering the war in Afghanistan as a TV news war correspondent. He was injured by an exploding bomb.

Lee talked about of the four F’s – of recovery –  Family. Friends. Faith and Funny.  Recovery is a challenge and the support of family and friends is important just as is keeping faith that recovery is possible.  Be sure include laughter in the mix, it’s also good medicine. Bob has been through individualized cognitive therapy and has worked hard.  There is no magic medicine for a person affected by a traumatic brain injury.  Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.  Lee spoke in detail about her caregiving, support and advocacy on her husbands behalf.  She took questions from those in attendance and shared with the audience how she struggled with her inner feelings of fragility while maintaining a strong veneer for her husbands sake and for the sake of those closest to her so that everyone would remain focused on her husband’s needs.

We all need to remember the needs of the caregivers even when they don’t want us to. Lee’s speech was a great inspiration to us.

Harrison at nj brain injury alliance confHarrison Gordon and the team had the opportunity to meet with program directors from several facilities including the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation which has facilities throughout New Jersey.  Harrison also spoke with Barbara Geiger Parker, CEO of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.  We then had the opportunity to meet with several people with brain injuries and their family support members and to discuss the latest research findings on brain injuries with  medical doctors and neuropsychologists .

It was a very good day at the conference, we learned a lot and we were very inspired.  We’ll be taking this ever increasing inspiration into our advocacy work on behalf of our clients.

Of the 1.4 million TBI victims each year:
50,000 die;
235,000 are hospitalized; and
1.1 million are treated and then released from an emergency department


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