Jane’s Journey: A Wife’s Brain Injury Recovery Story (From Full-Time Caregiver to Artist)

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"For the first 3 years, I cried all the time. They [support group members] told me I used more Kleenex than anyone they'd ever seen. I was more aware of what was going on. Was he going to work? Our finances. And the grieving."

Jane, wife of an acquired brain injury survivor, talks about her journey of coping with her husband's acquired brain injury.

From Jane's website (http://janelafazio.com/about/?doing_wp_cron=1566882835.7255289554595947265625):
"It wasn’t until my husband’s brain aneurysm, in 1992, that I discovered I could draw and was an artist. My husband, Don, was 46, and had a brain injury. He had to learn to walk, talk, read and write all over again. I was his 24 hour caregiver. "

"I was losing the “Jane” in me, while grieving my husband’s cognitive losses and the future plans we’d made. I signed up for a drawing class, every Tuesday morning. I realized I could draw! ..."

"My husband’s brain injury forced us to recreate our lives. He is my biggest cheer leader and supporter now, while I work full time as an artist and teacher."

This episode is part of the “Survivor Stories” program, a partnership between the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Dan Gardner, MD. For more information or to inquire about contributing to our Survivor Stories, please contact the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation at info@sdbif.org or (619) 294-6541. For information about resources for brain injury survivors, family members and professionals please visit https://www.sdbif.org.

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