About Us - Ed and Sheri - years of experience. ;-)
Retired Sgt. Ed and Sheri Van Veldhouse
Ed sustained a traumatic brain injury in December of 2000. He was a pedestrian hit by a car at 68MPH. He was given a 1% chance to live. What a surprise he's been!
Ed used to volunteer at the Rehab center where he graduated. He was the co-facilitator with me for a support group at Good Samaritan Hospital for the 2 years. We learned that support groups are very beneficial. It gave him a place where people did not judge him for what he could or could not do, it was a safe place where he could be himself and learn about others while learning about himself.
I have learned a lot from support groups too. By listening to others in the group I learned about having a "safe" place picked out when we went somewhere crowded. I learned about flooding and how too much stimulus created a cut-off point for Ed and he would just walk out of a room or a building.
If you want to learn about your brain injury and creative ways to deal with everyday life, visit a support group in your area. We have an online group that we are trying to get started. Area groups are peer-to-peer groups and everyone is encouraged to participate.
We'd love to see you there or online!
Update: on May 1st, we will be moderating an on-line support group at yahoo. You can go to Yahoo groups and search for Puyallup Brain Injury and you'll find the group. Please join us.
This picture was taken at the Volunteer Appreciation dinner with Good Samaritan Hospital in April 2010.