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Parenting a Child with a TBI: Advocacy, Grief, and the Power of Peer Support

Karen Kaizuka’s son suffered a sports-related brain injury about ten years ago, and, like many parents, she stood by his side during each step of his recovery. She also became deeply involved in the brain injury community through her work in healthcare and as the current Chairperson of Washington’s Traumatic Brain Injury Council. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Karen speaks with BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley about the unique process parents go through, finding hope amongst those who had been in her shoes, learning advocacy, and her ongoing quest to improve the support systems available to brain injury survivors and their families.
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Karen Kaizuka’s son suffered a sports-related brain injury about ten years ago, and, like many parents, she stood by his side during each step of his recovery. She also became deeply involved in the brain injury community through her work in healthcare and as the current Chairperson of Washington’s Traumatic Brain Injury Council. In this episode of Brain Injury Today, Karen speaks with BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley about the unique process parents go through, finding hope amongst those who had been in her shoes, learning advocacy, and her ongoing quest to improve the support systems available to brain injury survivors and their families.

In this episode, Deborah and Karen Kaizuka talk about what it’s like to be the parent of a child with a TBI, learning advocacy and the importance of connecting with fellow caregivers.

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This episode of Brain Injury Today is sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council was produced and edited by Goal17Media.com and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

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Reach out to Karen at kaizuka@gmail.com

Learn more about HeadStrong, the peer support organization that focuses on TBI survivors and their families.

For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit:

Brain Injury Today Podcast

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts

Brain Injury Art Show

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