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!!!








Amy Zellmer Receives Silver Medal Award in the Midwest Book Awards | Author | Traumatic Brain Injury |

I am so excited to announce that my book Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury received a Silver Medal Award in the “Health” category of the Midwest Book Awards last night.

Books from the 12 state region were considered for the awards and it is a humbling experience to be honored amongst some truly fabulous books!!

My book was one of the top three in the entire Health category.

 

Some of the judge’s comments include:

💚“Spunky! It is clear and concise and keeps the readers interest.”

💚“Enjoyable reading flow.”

💚“A well done book that helps people understand other people’s struggles.”

💚“Beautifully done!! Wonderful flow!”

💚“The relationship with concussion is well described and helps others dispel misconceptions about the seriousness of head trauma.

You can find my book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2K0UmtB

 








Sponsor Spotlight: Dr. David Clark | Triangle TBI Concussion Center | Durham, North Carolina

Thank you to Dr. David Clark, owner of Triangle TBI Concussion Center, for being a local event sponsor for #NOTINVISIBLE at Raleigh, NC.

Located in Durham, NC, Dr. Clark is board certified in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation (FABBIR) as well as a board certified Functional Neurologist. He is also an assistant profession of Clinical Neuroscience and Clinical Neurochemistry and Nutrition.

He specializes in treating both the metabolic malfunctions and circuit malfunctions caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). “What makes me different is the attention to BOTH the metabolic factors AND the neurological circuit malfunctions in TBI. When I do brain-based rehab for my TBI patients, I use a neuroplasticity approach — frequent visits over a short period of time (typically 4-5 days) for maximum results,” stated Dr. Clark.

He also added, “You are not alone and you don’t have to ‘live with it’, however, at this point you can’t get better by yourself”

When I asked Dr. Clark what brought him to working with brain injury patients, he answered, “My mother bought a set of World Book Encyclopedias when I was seven. After that, I was hooked on understanding the how’s and why’s of everything. This thread carried all the way through my education degree, my Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Neurology, and Functional Neurology training. But it wasn’t until Dr. Ted Carrick made me aware that a huge number of people with brain injuries were NOT getting the help that they needed that I grasped how big of a problem brain injuries are. I wanted to help these patients get better.”

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

Follow Dr. Clark on Instagram and Twitter: @drdavidclark

and on Facebook @triangletbiconcussion

Check out his informative videos on Youtube: www.youtube.com/TriangleTBIConcussionCenter

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








Sponsor Spotlight: Dr. Jonathan Chung | Keystone Chiropractic | Wellington, Florida

Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Chung, owner of Keystone Chiropractic, for being a local event sponsor for #NOTINVISIBLE at my Delray Beach, Florida event.

Located in Wellington, Florida, Dr. Chung takes great pride in helping patients who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome with daily headaches, TMJD, and dizziness.

Dr. Chung is uniquely trained in both gentle NUCCA craniocervical chiropractic technique and functional neurology. His goal is to create lasting neuroplastic changes in a patient’s brain so that they can maintain improvement over a long period of time. 

“I always knew that I wanted to help people, even as a young kid. Service to others is, and always will be, a core principle that I live by. Having the ability to help sick people get well without relying on medication is something that I am grateful to have the opportunity to do every day,” stated Dr. Chung.

He added, “A brain injury can make it seem like life will never be the same again, but even an injured brain is capable of remarkable change and adaptability when given the right direction.”

At his clinic, Dr. Chung can work with both local and non-local patients through one or two week intensive neuroplasticity programs.

To schedule a consultation call or email the office: 561.247.0044  frontdesk@chiropractorwellington.com

Follow Dr. Chung on Instagram and Twitter: @drjonathanchung

Read his latest thoughts on brain health and rehab on his blog: www.chiropractorwellington.com/blog

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








WCCO Radio Interview | Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness & Prevention

I received a phone call from Roshini Rajkumar this morning asking if I could be in-studio at WCCO radio to talk about traumatic brain injury and prevention after a local pee wee hockey coach died over the weekend as the result of a preventable TBI from a fall.

12 years ago the USA Hockey association mandated coaches wear helmets while on the ice, however, this coach did not have his helmet strapped on and it fell off before his head made impact with the ice.

Unfortunately I see kids with their straps dangling down while riding a bike, skateboard, etc. I also notice a lot of parents not even wearing a helmet while out for a bike ride with their kiddos. We need to LEAD BY EXAMPLE and talk about the very real dangers of brain injury — it can happen to anyone, anywhere, in the blink of an eye.

This coach’s tragic death was completely preventable, and I always appreciate the opportunity to spread awareness about this invisible injury that affects more than 3.5 million Americans each year.

Listen with the play button below:

 

 








Embark On Your {Empowered Year} | 2019 Accountability & Life Coaching Course

 

I am offering a totally new course to help you make 2019 your best {Empowered Year} yet!!

Are you ready to be empowered?? 

Are you ready to start a new journey or chapter?

Do you feel overwhelm and a sense of not knowing where to start or how??

Are you in need of some accountability and cheerleading??

If you answered YES to the above questions — I have created my {Empowered Year} Accountability & Life Coaching course just for YOU!

I consider this course a cross-breed of sorts. Combining Life and Business Coaching to help you find your Empowered Journey. I will work closely with you to help you achieve your personal and professional goals — we all need some accountability, inspiration, and support — and a Coach who can help us overcome beliefs that are holding us back.

This course isn’t for everyone.

It is intended for those who are looking to make real, positive, transformational change in their lives over the next year, and would like someone to help them along the way to unleash their empowered intentions!! It is for those who are willing to commit to themselves to make a real difference in their lives.

This is a year-long journey of working together to help you stay on track with your intentions, and to help steer you back on the right path if you happen to wander off and get lost for a bit.

I only have room for THREE empowered clients.

Due to the intensive, individualized nature of this course, I only have room to work with THREE motivated, positive, empowered clients!! You will want to ACT FAST to take advantage of this year-long course.

I began Coaching in 2007 to help others achieve the work-life balance that I have been able to enjoy. I began as a business coach and transitioned to a life coach — and as a TBI survivor myself I understand the frustrations and limitations that come with it. I’ve been there, done that and can completely relate to what you’re going through. It can be an emotional roller coaster, but we have to take care of ourselves during these turbulent times. Let me help you do just that!!

I hope you will join me and be inspired to embark on your {Empowered Year} doing what you love and are passionate about! I look forward to sharing the journey with you!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

* 12 monthly one-hour calls for accountability, support, and inspiration

* 90-minute intention setting workshop to plan out your year before we dive-in

* monthly “homework” assignments designed to help you grow personally and professionally

* private access to me through email, Marco Polo app, and the occasional text in the event of an “empowerment emergency”

PLUS BONUSES:

* my brand new Empowered Intentions workbook and audio

* my Empowered Gratitude worksheet

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The cost is $1200 for the 12-month course and can be paid in full, or I have several payment options available as well.

1 payment of $1200
2 payments of $650 (2nd payment due by March 15th)
3 payments of $450 (all payments due by April 15th)


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TBI Gift Giving Guide | A Few of my Favorite Things |

Whether you have a friend, co-worker, loved one, or simply want to treat yourself as a survivor — I have created The TBI Gift Giving Guide just for you!!

I have taken the guesswork out of gift-giving, as any survivor would be thrilled to receive items off this list!!
Each of the items on the list have been hand picked by me and many of the items have been created by fellow TBI survivors — I am all about supporting each other in this community! (there are a few “products” on the list that I use every day and highly recommend)
Of course, I have to start off the list with my own book because I really truly do believe in it and feel that it should be required reading for all healthcare professionals, students, caregivers, and survivors. 
1. Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal – by Amy Zellmer

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post. Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it’s like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones. It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.
2. Michael: My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS– by Tina Hutchence & Jen Jewel Brown
The life and death of the legendary lead singer of INXS, as remembered by his sister Tina. He died at only 37 but his fans are legion. INXS singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence fronted a band that was the biggest in the world. Huge through the 1980s across the globe, INXS broke the mould by merging dance and rock with a sexy, infectious romanticism. Michael’s big sister Tina Hutchence has teamed up with rock writer Jen Jewel Brown to create a book blazing with love and adventure. Tina adored Michael from the start. From a twelve-year-old holding him newborn in her arms to being his teenage nanny on the fringe of wild bushland in Sydney’s north, she remained his trusted confidant until his sudden death at 37.
3. Hope Survives CD –  by Cristabelle Braden
Album released March 2017, followed by the”Hope Survives Tour”, supporting brain injury awareness in partnership with Hope After Head Injury – with two legs of the tour: 5 weeks in the spring through the eastern US and 4 weeks in the fall through the south & midwest US.
4. TBI Healing Box – by Grace Quantock
I collaborated with Grace to create this Healing Box specific to TBI. These are some of the exact items that helped me cope with my injuries after my accident, and I know how comforting they can be. If you have a friend or loved one who has recently suffered a concussion or TBI, they would absolutely LOVE to receive this gift, I know I would have!
5. Hoodie Sweatshirt – by Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin
The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin will be selling “Not All Injuries Are Visible” T-shirts and hoodies for a limited time this holiday season. T-shirts are $15, and hoodies are $30. Pre-orders only. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 20. Items will be printed and shipped shortly thereafter (guaranteed for Christmas). There is a flat shipping rate, so the more you order, the better the deal.
6. LoveYourBrain – by Kevin Pearce 
Kevin’s experience brought to light the significance of TBI and its impact on his life and those around him. They have a collection of items for sale in their store, with all proceeds benefiting the LoveYourBrain Foundation — which helps send survivors to a week-long wellness retreat, attend free LoveYourBrain yoga classes, and so much more.
7. CBD Oil – by Entangled Biome 
I have been using this product to help me sleep and for pain relief. Hemp derived CBD oil is made from the Cannabis plant with less than .03% THC and is legal in all 50 states. Read the complete article I wrote reviewing this product HERE.
Receive 15% off your first order with code: 15Tribe2018
8. Rezzimax 
I met owner Sharik Peck in Utah and instantly fell in love with his product. Designed to stimulate the Vagus nerve and regulate the Central Nervous System, this product is a must-have for all clinicians and patients. The Tuner is a portable, hand-held device you can use anywhere. With the push of a button while on your break at work, while traveling, or from the comfort of your own home you can ease a headache and be smiling again in minutes. The Tuner combines resonance and progressive stress-management techniques to relieve chronic pain – without the need for expensive and addictive medications. Receive 25% off with code: sharikfamily
9. TheraSpecs
TheraSpecs are precision tinted, thoughtfully designed eyewear that filter out the harmful light that triggers migraines, headaches, eyestrain, and other conditions. TheraSpecs are thoughtfully designed to reduce pressure on the head and are durable for all-day wear. Available in an array of styles, they come with indoor or outdoor lenses, which means whether you’re looking for migraine glasses, migraine sunglasses, computer glasses or glasses for fluorescent lighting, we have you covered. Receive $10 off with code: FACESOFTBI
10. Young Living Essential Oils
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a HUGE fan of essential oils, and that quality is of utmost important when using these powerful oils. I have been using EO’s for over 5 years to help me in my journey of brain health and mental clarity. You can sign up for FREE educational resources here: www.facesoftbi.com/eo and if you’re ready to get started in the wonderful world of oils you can sign  up here: https://yl.pe/5n47
11. TheraCane
This product has been critical to my well-being and it goes everywhere with me when I travel.

  • Cane shaped massager for easing aches and pains
  • Eliminate painful knots in your muscles on your own
  • 6 treatment balls for total body massage

12. Sleep/Noise Machine
This product also goes everywhere with me when I travel, to help eliminate outside noise and create a calming environment in which to sleep. It is actual air being circulated through the machine, vs. fake digital noises created by other models.

13. How to Feed a Brain – by Cavin Balaster & Elisabeth Wilson
Want to optimize your brain function? This book teaches you about specific brain-supporting nutrients, how these nutrients affect us, and what we can eat to support our brain function. The author is a survivor of a severe traumatic brain injury that left him comatose with less than a 10% chance of regaining consciousness beyond a vegetative state. In this book, he shares real-life stories of how he used nutrition in his own brain recovery, along with scientific studies and research explaining why and how nutrition makes such a difference in our brain function. The book includes downloads to printable charts, lists, and user-friendly handouts to take to the grocery store or put on the refrigerator so that readers can easily apply what they learn to optimally feed their brains.

14. Midwest Functional Neurology Center
Many of you know my journey and the struggle of finding a doctor who believed me and knew how to help me. Then I finally met Dr. Jeremy Schmoe at 2.5 years into my recovery. You can read my full article on how he helped me here: http://huff.to/2jjgBh1

14. After the Cheering Stops – by Cyndy Feasel
Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her.

 

FREEBIE ALERT!! Here is a list of FREE magazines and podcasts that anyone is sure to enjoy!!
1. TBI TV – by Amy Zellmer
2. TBI Hope & Inspiration Magazine – by David Grant
3. The Challenge! Magazine – by the Brain Injury Association of America
4. Faces of TBI Podcast series – by Amy Zellmer
** note: some links listed above may be affiliate links **