Brain injury survivor Mary Lanzavecchia writes from personal experience navigating life from inside an injured brain. In December 2015, a car accident left her engulfed, once again, in the fog of a brain injury – a place she has been at least five times since her teens. Always determined to move forward with optimism, Mary uses her experience, her writing, and her creative passions to work through the challenges of living with a brain injury.
After spending 17 years homeschooling her two daughters, Mary raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, teaches critical thinking to high school home schoolers, and writes and speaks about thriving your way through life’s challenges, transitions, and renewals. Find her writing both on www.reclaimingmary.com and www.insidersguidetotheinjuredbrain.com.
Ruth Curran is passionate about the connection between the brain and daily functioning and believes everyone—regardless of age or stage of life—has the ability to use neuroplasticity to live a richer, deeper, more fully engaged life. Drawing on her experience successfully overcoming a traumatic brain injury sustained in an automobile accident, Ruth Curran, MS is an expert on maximizing brain health and function through lifestyle modification and “turning up the noise on life.” She has created a series of photo-based thinking puzzles, games, and apps that help players work on cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, and executive functioning.
Through her writing, community involvement, workshops, podcasts, and public speaking engagements Ruth brings hope and education to brain injury survivors and their support and helps build that invaluable bridge between the two sides of brain injury. In addition to her first book, Being Brain Healthy, Ruth shares her insights and proven techniques for amplifying everyday experiences on www.craniumcrunches.com and www.insidersguidetotheinjuredbrain.com. Ruth also hosts a weekly podcast, Be The Change Podcast for Global Volunteers. Find out more on bethechange.blog