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Butterfly Brain

You may have heard that horses and dogs help brain injury survivors, but did you know caterpillars and butterflies can help too? In an article written by Amy Luke for Poughkeepsie Journal, we learn residents of he Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury “take part in the setup and care of 80 caterpillars as they transform into painted lady butterflies. While participants are watching the caterpillars change, participants become more observant of their own mental and physical changes and have opportunities to discuss them. They learn strategies to adapt and overcome ups and downs occurring along the path to recovery, realizing that like the caterpillars, they must embrace change.”

One of the painted lady butterflies raised and released by patients at the Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury recently.(Photo: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Davies)

One of the painted lady butterflies raised and released by patients at the Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury recently.(Photo: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Davies)

“Once the butterflies hatch out of their chrysalises, they are reunited with nature in a way similar to how participants strive to reunite with their families and community.”

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Credits

Thanks to Amy Luke for writing the article; Poughkeepsie Journal for committing its resources to publishing the article Jennifer Davies for contributing her picture to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.