Caregivers Conference

The 26th Annual Southern Maryland Caregivers Conference will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018. The Conference will be held at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center California, Maryland in St. Mary’s County. Registration is required and there is a $30 fee which covers the full cost of the conference including materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration should be submitted by April 6, 2018. For more information call 301-934-0128 or email olmstedc@charlescountymd.gov.

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Building a Network of Hope Conference

“Building a Network of Hope:30 Years of Making Milestones Matter” is a multi-track neuro-conference focusing on issues related to: individuals with brain injury and family members, children and adolescents in the school system, advocacy, and professional and clinical training. The purpose of the two-day conference is to provide state-of-the-art information about brain injury treatment, services, research, and advocacy and to improve collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals.

When
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Friday, March 16, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

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Where
Radisson Hotel – North Baltimore
2004 Greenspring Dr. Lutherville
Timonium, Maryland 21093
844.389.1468

March is Brain Awareness Month

For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has proudly led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.

The theme for the 2018 to 2020 campaign is Change Your Mind. This campaign is will help:

  • De-stigmatize brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community
  • Empower those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers
  • Promot the many types of support that are available to people living with brain injury

Monthly Survivor Story

This month’s survivor story is from one of our support group members, Mike Cadenhead.

I LOVE TO EAT. I never use the words “no” and “food” in the same sentence or paragraph. I could eat all day if my parents let me. I don’t gain weight because I excercise all the time. I have a stationary bike in my bedroom and use it every day. I also love to lift weights, do sit-ups, and push-ups.
I have a lot of time because I was in a car accident in 1983. I graduated from Riverdale Baptist and had finished my first semester at the Prince Georges Community College. I was invincible and life was a big party. Life comes at you fast sometimes though. I don’t remember much about what happened. I went with six friends to University of Maryland at College Park. Coming back we tried to merge into traffic from Route 50 onto the Beltway (Route 495) and struck a dump truck, which had broken down and was sitting at the end of the entrance ramp. The car proceeded to travel across the beltway where we were hit by two other cars. The car continued across the road ending up in the median strip. By God’s grace no one was killed! I came close but God must not be through with me yet. I survived. As a result of the accident I am cortically blind but the bible says that when Jesus comes back “every eye will see Him.” I can’t wait. I love to tell others about Jesus. I may have a head injury, am blind, and have memory problems. Even with this challenge, I tell others about my best friend, Jesus. If you don’t witness to others, what’s your excuse. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!