For five weeks, In the Culture of One World is proud to display A NEW BRAIN.
Regular people are presently coping with head injuries, concussions and clinical efforts to combat both traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Â This special edition consists of a selection of 8 real-life stories about fostering new dreams where once there were none.
Find stories about neurologists, advocates and clinical researchers who are working to make a difference.
Meet true-blue fighters â€” survivors rewiring their minds, re-tooling their injured bodies â€” and re-shaping their lives.
Find inspiration and encouragement from the ties that bind. Hear from families, spouses and close friends who continue to stand their ground â€” in the face of disbelief and adversity.
1 | Â Can the brain heal itself after an injury?
Yes, it can â€” “in spite of doctors,” says a Scotlandâ€“based professor Siddharthan Chandran. Â A regenerative neurologist walks us through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.
Read about head-injured famous persons â€” NFL football players and popular actor George Clooney, among them.
2 | Â The New York Giantsâ€™ quarterback Eli Manning, for instance, suffered a head injury this past fall. Â Did you know that a specialist in nerve and muscle damage serves as the Giantsâ€™ neurologist and consultant for traumatic brain injuries, and consults for the New York Mets?Â Her name is Dr. Teena Shetty.
3Â | Â George Clooney speaks of the scars heâ€™s got which threatened his career. In 2006, he tore the dura â€” the membrane that surrounds the spine and brain and holds in the spinal fluid. This caused excruciating pain which he says was like having a â€śsevere ice cream brain freeze that lasted 24 hours a day.â€ť
4 | EquallyÂ moving is the story of Emilia Becker, a Canadian and a brain injury survivor. Â After experiencing a brain injury herself, Emilia Becker decided to share her story with others to raise awareness.
5 | Â During the week of Thanksgiving Day in 2015, the NubianUnion of Plainfield, New Jersey worked to raise funds for a necessary advocacy program in behalf of young black men with traumatic brain injury. Interestingly, aÂ friend asked me, â€śWhy just young black men? Why not help everyone?â€ť
How a husband and wife are overcoming doctorsâ€™ mistaken beliefs about surviving a traumatic brain injury
6 + 7 | Â “We are not alone.” That conviction guides NY composer B. Allen Schulz and his lawyer/wife Rebecca Bratspies as they track down the strangers who helped them rewrite the music of their lives.
The couple contributed twoÂ narrative accounts. Â In the first one, “We Are Not Alone,” Bratspies recalls her husbandâ€™s massive heart attack soon after a Pittsburgh performance of one of his own musical compositions.
The second one, “A Will to Live,” is Schulzâ€™s first-person diary-like entry about the success of his recovery and his will to recompose a new life.
Wait. Youâ€™ve got to be kidding…. Whatâ€™s food got to do with it?
8 | Â Brownies vs. Cookies?Â Okay, now. Â There was a fight at a hospital: Several survivors of brain injury held a bake-off in 2015. Why? To prove that they can move forward with their lives and retrain their injured heads after a concussion.
This story is a documentary-like slideshow of original photographs taken during that crazy bake-off.
So which one did you say won that crazy Bake Off at Mount Sinai Hospitalâ€™s Phase 2 community re-entry program? Our cool photographer regales us with the just desserts.
Welcome into our brand-new kitchen.
A NEW BRAINÂ drives this special issue of In the Culture of One World.