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Journey Magazine Free OnlineWhen I review a product or service, I feel compelled to state whether or not I receive any compensation for the review. The publishers of the magazine “Brain Injury Journey: Hope, Help, Healing” sent a free copy of the magazine to me, but the same information is available at no charge to anyone who wants to receive the magazine by email. I have not received any compensation to review the magazine. The following review is based entirely on my opinion.

The magazine I am reviewing in this post is published byLash & Associates Lash & Associates. The Lash & Associate logo appears on the right side of my blog, but the company is not paying for advertising and I receive no compensation from them when my readers click the Lash & Associates logo on my blog. The logo is on my blog because I believe in the company’s mission which, by the way, is very similar to the mission of my blog.

I’m not sure if I became aware of the magazine through social media, email, or a phone call. What I am sure about is that I am very pleased with the magazine titled “Brain Injury Journey: Hope, Help, Healing.” The edition I have includes 10 well-written, large-print articles that were enjoyable to read even though I have visual and processing challenges due to my brain injury. The magazine also includes a few advertisements, all of which seemed to be friendly reminders rather than obnoxious sales pitches for products and services. The last few pages of the magazine include a book review, resource list, and an advertiser contact list.

The magazine includes several impressive and informative articles, but if I had to pick a favorite (and I’m not happy about picking a favorite among many great articles), I would pick . . . . Actually, I cannot pick a favorite because to some degree any selection implies the other articles are less worthy. Instead, I will briefly tell you what I like about each section of the magazine.

  • Letters from Lash & Associates and the Editor-in-Chief: The letters provide a succinct overview of topics covered in the magazine. A list of articles also appears on the outside cover.
  • Family Matters: An article about how brain injury affects all family members. Sometimes survivors forget they are not the only ones who are affected by brain injury.
  • Caregivers Compass: An article about topics of direct concern to caregivers. Regardless of whether caregivers are family members or professional, we as survivors need to remember that they too are affected by our injury.
  • New Horizons: An article that could easily have been a description of my personal journey from injury to my “new normal.”
  • Stepping Stones: An article about subjects that are rarely talked about (such as grief and death), but an extremely important part of reality.
  • Telling Your Story: An article about the many benefits of journaling.
  • Veteran Voices: This section contains two articles, one of which contains very personal comments from the perspective of a survivor and his wife.
  • Clinical Corner: An article about the primary differences between TBI and PTSD. The article explains the differences in a way that does not require an MD, PsyD, or PhD to interpret.
  • Kid’s Club: An article that includes advice for parents whose child sustained a brain injury.
  • Provider Points: An article about job search. I expected to see an article about Social Security, Department of Rehab, Therapy, or provider services (legal, accounting, organizational, etc.), but the article about job search is informative.
  • Reading Room: This section of the magazine contains reviews of two books. There are thousands of books that may be helpful, so I am always pleased with reviews that help me narrow my search.

In summary, the magazine includes content that is for survivors of brain injury and the people who interact with them, the articles use a font size that is bigger than the font size that typically appears in magazines, you can easily contact the author of an article if you have any questions about an article, and the email version is free. I cannot think of any reason why you would not immediately sign up to receive your free subscription to the magazine. I already registered to receive future magazines by email.

Questions

  1. What would you like to see in the magazine?
  2. What would make the magazine a “must have” for you?
  3. What is stopping you from subscribing to a free magazine that could help you?

Thanks to Lash & Associates for publishing the perfect magazine and offering it free to readers who want to receive it via email. Thanks to all the authors who contributed their articles to the magazine. Thanks to Wendy for editing all of my posts, and thanks to my readers who trust me to write impartial, entertaining, and informative posts about recovery from adversity such as brain injury.

4 Comments

  1. What would you like to see in the magazine? I would like to see ways to educate the public misconceptions about T.B.I., and ways to advance advocacy.

    What would make the magazine a “must have” for you? If the price of print subscriptions were sufficiently lowered for survivors who cannot afford a premium price, it would become much more attractive to me. Survivors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, might even be able to afford the convenience of having something they can take with them that does not depend upon a device, and costly Internet subscription.

    What is stopping you from subscribing to a free magazine that could help you? Oh, I subscribed, but had I known about the difficulty of it actually going through, and in finding the issues when they come to me, I would have had second thoughts. I ordered it this past summer, and even though there was an existing magazine issue, a link for Internet issues was not sent to me until November 1, making we wonder if the subscription attempt was indeed successful. When I ordered, there were lots of problems that I am surprised the company hadn’t resolved. What should stop folks from subscribing is the poor site performance.

    1. Marlon, the magazine is not mine, so I cannot take credit or blame for the difficulties. I will, however, contact the magazine publisher on your behalf and suggest that they simplify the process. Thank you for the feedback. The publish could not improve their system without the feedback of customers. — Scott

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