6 Weeks of Advocacy & Self Care

Join me for 6 weeks of self-exploration and development — April 21st – May 26th

Over the course of six weeks we will do a deep dive into self-exploration, self-care, self-advocacy, and so much more!!

This is for ANYone interested in growing their advocacy and self-care skills, not only the brain injury community. These skills can be applied across many forms of the advocacy platform, and we welcome everyone!

Each Tuesday we will have a 90 minute group Zoom meeting. You may participate as much or as little as you like in these meetings. These meetings will also be recorded so that if you miss one, you have access to it later.

There will be amazing guest lecturers throughout the course who will help us all go even deeper into our personal exploration to answer the question of “what’s next for ME?”

You will receive weekly handouts as well as audio recordings from ME to set you up for our weekly meeting. At the end of the program, you will also have a one-on-one 30 minute Coaching Call with me to send you off on your own path of advocacy and self-care!

The purpose of this course is to set you up for success as an advocate, making sure you understand the importance of self-care throughout the journey. We will give you the tools you need to go forth on your own (or with a group) and continue to raise awareness about this invisible injury that affects over 3.5 million Americans each year!

Class Schedule:
Tuesdays 10:30-12:00CST (8:30PST/11:30EST)
April 21st — Goals and Intentions
April 28th — Yoga & Meditation
May 5th — Crafting Your Story
May 12th — Journaling/Writing & Publishing
May 19th — Essential Oils & Healthy Living
Jan. 26th — Routines & Scheduling

What’s Included:
– Weekly zoom meeting (and recording)
– Weekly handouts and recordings from me
– Private FB group for us the interact in between meetings
– One 1:1 Coaching Call with me after the program is completed
– Guest lecturers
– Surprises 🙂

ALUMNI:
additionally, those who have taken a past 6 Week Masterclass with me can repeat this course for only $25 … This is a great way to stay connected with other awesome advocates and ME!

COST:
Early Bird: $75
After April 15th: $149
Alumni: $25

ADD-ONS (US only):
add a print subscription to The Brain Health Magazine: $99
add a book bundle (all 3 of my books): $125
add both a print subscription AND book bundle: $145


Choose your option




Amy’s TBI Tribe Virtual Meetup

TBI survivors are already the masters of self-isolation, but in these unprecedented times we could all use a little extra camaraderie …

Due to the overwhelming response to the last meetup, I will be hosting another Virtual Meetup for any and all who would like attend. Survivors, caregivers, loved ones, professionals, providers, etc. all are welcome!

When: Friday, March 27th at 1:00pm CST (2EST/11PST)
Where: Zoom online meeting
Join from your computer, tablet, phone, or other device with the instructions below.

I do not have a specific agenda for the event, however, it will start and end with some meditation … and I will do a reading from my book Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal. There will be time for everyone to just hangout and interact with one-another as well!

Join Zoom Meeting
Click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/187097436
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,325515606# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,325515606# US (New York)

If you have never used zoom before, you will need to download the app first … so allow yourself a little extra time beforehand to prepare.

TBI Life Coaching | Mini Packages

In these unprecedented times, many of you have reached out needing a little extra support.

Because all of my upcoming #NOTINVISIBLE events have been canceled, I am finding myself with a bit more time on my hands. So I have decided to open up a few more of my mini coaching session just for you! Purchase one, two, or three sessions to use over the next several months.

I know how challenging it can be to get back to a “new normal” way of life, but I also believe in the power of positivity and gratitude. I know that sometimes we just need someone to hold or hand or offer us a shoulder to lean on….. and we need lots of encouragement and praise! ….. and that’s what I am here to offer you! 

We can talk about a variety of things, including: coping with deficits (memory, etc), interacting with new friends, finding support groups, getting back to work, and so much more. If you’re a caregiver, we can talk about things like what to expect as they continue to heal, how YOU can cope and keep yourself health, etc. Additionally, if you’re trying to write your book/blog I can help keep you on track and walk you through the processes.

The only catch is that you have to promise to make an effort to stay positive and grateful. Of course you can vent, as long as you make it a priority to get rid of the negative thinking 🙂

How it works:
we will meet via Skype/Facetime (or phone if you don’t have any video options) for 30 minutes. (I set a timer to keep us on track!)

You will receive a “Welcome Packet” when you register, which will help me familiarize myself with who you are and what you want to achieve from our coaching sessions.

You will receive email support in between our sessions. You can feel free to write me with questions, or share successes or challenges.

These sessions are completely private. Just you and me (or caregiver/survivor/me….. depending on your situation). I may use your story as an example with other clients, however, I will NEVER use your name without permission. No one will know we’re working together, unless YOU tell them, or allow me to share!

We will celebrate victories together! Every small victory is worth a celebration. We will discuss challenges and areas where you’re stuck on what to do next.

This is NOT therapy…. this is life coaching. If I feel you may also need to see a therapist, I will tell you (honestly, everyone needs a great therapist! I love mine!!)

“I really enjoyed my coaching sessions with Amy. She is easy to talk with and understands the struggles I deal with as a TBI survivor. Amy helped me determine and set realistic goals and stay focused on my priorities.” ~ Mary, Los Angeles

What it costs:
$35 for a single session
$60 for two sessions
$99 for three sessions

I know not everyone can afford to this, and I completely understand. If you’re in a situation where you REALLY want to work with me, but can only afford a certain amount, PLEASE let me know — we might be able to work out a special arrangement with shorter sessions etc. Don’t hesitate to ask for pricing accommodations, but do realize that Coaching is what I do for a living, and that my time is limited and precious. I ask that you respect my decision if I am not able to offer you an arrangement.

If you would like to “Sponsor a Survivor” who can not afford Coaching, please let me know!

I have been a Coach since 2008; and Coaching TBI survivors and caregivers since 2015.

You can register by using the Paypal button below. Once I receive your registration, I will send you email with the Welcome Packet, as well as some potential day/times to set up our sessions.

Step 1 choose your number of sessions from the drop down
Step 2 click “buy now”
Step 3 either log into your Paypal account, or click “pay with credit card” below the log-in


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Brain Injury Awareness Day | Washington DC | March 4, 2020

In DC with Carrie, Executive Director of the Arizona Brain Injury Alliance

The Brain Injury Association of America has announced Brain Injury Awareness Day as Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at our Nation’s Capitol in Washington DC.

This event is hosted by: Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D NJ) and Congressman Don Bacon (R-Neb.), co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

It is FREE to attend, everyone is welcome, and no registration is required.

Although BIAA and brain injury advocates work with Congress thoughout the year, Brain Injury Awareness Day is important because it is the one day dedicated to educating your elected officials about brain injury and how vital federal funding is to continue the Federal TBI State Grant Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention TBI Programs, and brain injury research conducted by the TBI Model Systems.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will be hosting a TBI stakeholder meeting on Monday, March 3rd. Please note you do have to RSVP for this meeting. ACL will also be hosting a brown bag lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 4th on Capitol Hill.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10am-2pm Brain Injury Awareness Fair
Rayburn Foyer, First floor, Rayburn House Office building.
2:30-4:00pm
Brain Injury Briefing
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room)
5:00-7:00pm
Reception celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room)

The very first Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill was held in 2002, and is is hosted by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force co-chaired by Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.). It is put on in partnership with the Brain Injury Association of America. I will be meeting with my Senators while I am in DC and asking them to join the Task Force!

How YOU can help — even if you’re not able to attend in-person in Washington DC:

1. Find your local Senator and Representatives:
– To find your Senator you can visit www.senate.gov and click on your state
– 
To find your Representative you visit www.house.gov and enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner
2. Send them a letter requesting they join the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. Use this letter as a template (change out the RED highlighted areas). CLICK HERE FOR PDF
3. Include this form for them to join the Task Force. CLICK HERE FOR PDF.
4. Schedule a meeting with them while you’re in DC (if you’re attending).

Please contact Amy Colberg, Director of Government Affairs, at acolberg@biausa.org if you would like assistance with scheduling meetings with your elected officials during Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill.

additional resources for BIA Day can be found here:
https://www.biausa.org/public-affairs/public-awareness/brain-injury-awareness

This year will be my sixth time attending BIA Day, and I wanted to offer my fellow survivors who are planning to attend some tips on planning out your day!

Map Your Route
Whether you’re arriving by Metro, Taxi, or car, it is important to do your research and know where you’re going. Make note of which building you need to be at, and program the addresses into your GPS using the “walk” option, or print out maps and highlight your path. NOTE: You will need to go through security screening to enter any of the buildings at the Capitol. You can not bring in food or beverages, and your bags will be scanned and/or checked by hand. Please be prepared, and feel free to tell security you have a brain injury and may need some assistance from them.

Plan Your Schedule In Advance
Understand how much energy you’re willing to exert and plan accordingly. If you can only give yourself and hour or so, I highly suggest you put your energy towards the Awareness Fair. You will be able to meet with vendors who support brain injury awareness, you’ll meet fellow survivors, interact with the Brain Injury Association of America, and pick up some free swag to take home with you! The Congressional Briefing can get a bit long, and can be over stimulating to listen to, however, you will learn a lot and get updates on what is happening across the country with brain injury awareness, detection, and prevention. The Reception is a fun time to hang out with the new people you have just met, as well as eat some tasty treats.

Wear Comfortable Shoes
It’s important to understand that there is a lot of walking involved when you’re at the Capitol. You will walk from your car, Taxi, or Metro stop to the building, and also between the buildings. Distance is deceiving when you look at a map, so it’s good to be prepared for a lot of walking!

Stay Hydrated & Eat A Snack
Eat a healthy breakfast before heading out. Hydration is critical to brain health, so bring a water bottle and fill it up once you’re through security. There is also a cafeteria located inside the building where you can purchase beverages as well as a meal or snacks.

Bring A Notebook & Pen & Tote Bag
You will likely meet a lot of wonderful new people, and you’ll want to grab their business card and/or make notes. You will be taking in a lot of new information, and I suggest writing things down so you don’t forget, and make notations of things you want to follow up on. A tote bag will come in handy to carry around the free swag that you pick up (pens, etc).

Pace Yourself & Be Prepared For Overstimulation
Get LOTS of rest the night before. This is going to be a busy day with lots of people, walking, and interaction. Bring with you any comfort items you may need such as sunglasses and earplugs. Take breaks and pace yourself, you’re under no obligation to see it all and do everything on the schedule!

HAVE FUN!

Here is a recap of the first BIA Day I attended in March, 2015 on Huffington Post: CLICK HERE








A Free Online Brain Health Summit for Those Affected by Brain Injury

An invitation to attend a FREE online event with over 20 renowned specialists in the brain injury community.

Dr. Jeremy Schmoe from The Functional Neurology Center and Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief of The Brain Health Magazine saw a growing need in the brain injury community for more awareness and education about alternative healthcare methods and modalities for those who are still suffering from the lingering effect of brain injury.

During the month of March, in conjunction with Brain Injury Awareness Month, the summit will provide brain injury survivors with more than 20 of the most renowned specialists in the brain injury community, including doctors, caregivers, survivors, and other clinicians who are experienced in successfully treating brain injury. You will receive the complete schedule upon registration.

The lineup includes: Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DACNB; Sharik Peck, PT; Dr. Shane Steadman, DACNB; Sam Black; Kellie Pokritka; Dr. Kassie Kaas, DC; NHL player, Brock Nelson; James A. Heuer, PA; Dr. Erik Reis, DACNB; Dr. Amy Lawson Moore, PhD; Dr. Brian Sass, DACNB; Dr. Ayla Wolf, DAOM; Dr. Cooper Dykstra, DC; Dr. Jonathan Chung, DC; Dr. Jason Whittaker, DACNB; Dennis Thompson, Rachel Mischel, and Amy Zellmer. 

Topics include: â€“ Brain Training, Headaches and the Neck, Cerebellum Rehab Strategies, Frontal Lobe and Decission Making, Photobiomodulation Therapy, The Otolithic System, Recovering and Thriving after Brain Injury, Activating the Cerebellum with Vibration, Chinese Medicine in Recovery, Eye Movements in the Detection of Brain Injury, Functional Medicine, Conquering College after Brain Injury, and much more!

The 2020 Brain Health Online Summit is ideal for: Brain Injury Survivors, Caregivers, Loved Ones, Co-Workers, Healthcare Providers, Clinicians, and anyone interested in their overall Brain Health Function.

And best of all — it is completely FREE!

If you’re not able to attend all of the dates, no worries! Recordings will be available for purchase with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the LoveYourBrain Foundation.

For further information and to register: TheBrainHealthOnlineSummit.com

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The Functional Neurology Center is on the cutting edge of healthcare—specializing in helping people of all ages with a variety of neurological disorders or traumas that have affected their overall brain health. Their team has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. They see some of the most complex cases —integrating neuro-rehab, manual therapy, lab work and nutrition. 

The Brain Health Magazine is a resource for living your best life after brain injury, striving to offer you a variety of resources and alternative therapies in each issue to help you in your recovery, as well as in your life. This magazine is for survivors, caregivers, and professionals alike!

This bi-monthly magazine will always have a FREE subscription for the digital online version; as well as a print subscription ($25/year) for those who prefer to hold a hard-copy in their hands. 

Sponsor Spotlight: Drs. Jackson & Lane | Mid-Atlantic Brain and Neurological Rehabilitation | Silver Springs, MD

Dr. Brice Jackson

Thank you to Drs. Brice Jackson and Daniel Lane, from Mid-Atlantic Brain and Neurological Rehabilitation, for being a local event sponsor for #NOTINVISIBLE at Baltimore, MD and Fairfax, VA.

Located in Silver Springs, MD, Dr. Jackson is a board certified Functional Neurologist, as well as certified in brain injury rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation. He has success with post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, developmental disorders in children, dizziness and vertigo, stroke, and chronic pain.

Dr. Daniel Lane

Their clinic uses a brain-based approach to rehabilitation. They do not focus on compensatory strategies, instead they use an advanced evaluation and examination equipment in an attempt to find the parts of the brain that are dtysfunctioning, and then structure a therapeutic strategy to address those underlying deficits. 

When I asked Dr. Jackson what brought him to working with brain injury patients, he answered, “As a young adult, I was diagnosed with a chronic auto-immune disease. My prognosis included surgeries, a lifetime of medications, and regular cancer screenings. I was fortunate to find other practitioners who focused on recovery as opposed to coping, and that led me to become a Chiropractic Physician … which then led me to Functional Neurology.”

His message to all brain injury survivors is this: “The majesty of the human brain is that it is changeable. It is a process called plasticity. No matter how much time has passed since your brain injury, your brain is still plastic — capable of learning, efficiency, and growth. For a suffering patient, that means you are capable of healing, not just coping.:

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit: www.MABNR.com

Follow MABNR on Instagram: @midatlanticbrain

and on Facebook @midatlanticbrainandneurologicalrehabilitation

Again, thank you Drs. Jackson and Lane for your support of the #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign — this project is not possible without supporters like yourself!

The Brain Health Magazine | Kickstarter | Print Subscriptions

The Brain Health Magazine is officially on Kickstarter!!

Pre-order your print subscription by backing the project at $25 for a one-year or $50 for a two-year subscription (print available in US only for now). We also have a “professional subscription” for provider and professionals who would like 4 copies of the magazine delivered to their clinic/office!

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a crowdfunding platform to bring a project or product to consumers — in this case it’s a magazine! I have successfully published all three of my books through this platform, and appreciate each and every backer who helps support my mission!

The Brain Health Magazine is a resource for living your best life after brain injury. It is for survivors, caregivers, anyone interested in their brain health, as well as professionals and providers. It is a bi-monthly publication that will always be FREE for digital download to readers all over the world!

Thank you for your continued support of my advocacy work, and I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

Pre-order your print subscription on Kickstarter: 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brainhealthmag/the-brain-health-magazine

Sponsor Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth McNally | MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology | Brunswick, Maine

Thank you to Dr. Lizzie McNally, owner of MidCoast Chiropractic Neurology, for being a local event sponsor for our #NOTINVISIBLE event at MidCoast, Maine.

Located in Brunswick, ME Dr. McNally specializes in working with patients who have post-TBI/concussion symptoms, vestibular disorders, and childhood developmental disorders.

As a doctoral student at Palmer College, she found Neurology to be of specific interest, so while attending to her education full time, she began additional studies in this specialized area with The Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.

She always knew she wanted to be a practitioner, however, there were a few significant personal experiences that guided her to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Neurologist. While growing up she suffered multiple concussions and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Type 3. These personal experiences provided her with the first-hand understanding from the perspective of a patient. They were significant influencing factors in her desire to further sub-specialize in post-concussion rehabilitation and developmental disorders. 

Dr. McNally explains that her clinic is completely patient-centered, “Everything on the clinical side, beginning with the new patient examination, is one-on-one with me. This allows for more dynamic patient care that is constantly evolving as the patient responds to treatment.” She typically sees patients for a high frequency of four days a week, over a two or three week period. However, each patient is unique, and some may require longer or shorter sessions.

Her message to patients everyone is: “I want to make sure all brain injury survivors know that their injuries are NOT invisible to providers that have the proper training and understanding of the complexities of the nervous system and its functions. Your injuries do not define you — with the right support and rehabilitation you CAN regain your health and life!”

Connect with Dr. McNally:
www.midcoastbrain.com
www.facebook.com/midcoastbrain
For more information call: 207.406.4874 or email: info@midcoastbrain.com








NOTINVISIBLE Care Package | TBI Awareness

For a limited time I am offering a care package that includes:
1 sticker
2 buttons
2 wrist bands
1 secret surprise (while they last)
Cost: $5 plus $1 US shipping
If you come to one of my live events you will receive a FREE button and wristband, however, I am receiving a lot of requests from folks who haven’t been able to attend an event … so here you go! Your wish is my command!!
(only US shipping available)
Proceeds from the care packages will go directly towards the #NOTINVISIBLE awareness campaign to purchase more supplies for the attendees!! Help us spread awareness by sporting a button and wrist band!








Amy’s TBI Book Club

 

I invite YOU to be a part of my Book Club!!!

I have read SO many amazing books in the TBI realm — from fiction to memoirs to practical guides written by clinicians — and I want to share them with you and invite intelligent discussion around each book.

Each month I will announce the book we will be reading — and don’t worry if you have trouble reading — you will still be able to get a lot out of the group discussion!!

We will have a guided weekly discussion in a closed FB group specifically about the book/author and how it relates to your own situation.

At the end of each month, we will have a FB Live interview with the AUTHOR (I am super excited about this!!) where you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like answered!

Everyone is welcome to join: survivors, caregivers, providers, or anyone interested in learning more about TBI!!

All you have to do is sign up with the form below!!

Happy Reading!!!