May is Stroke Awareness Month (it also happens to be Brain Tumor Awareness Month), and through my brain injury work, I was recently invited to have a conversation with Ralph Preston, a stroke survivor, brain injury advocate, and videographer, to talk about brain injury and the power of telling and sharing stories. You can find the recording here.
My latest newsletter has arrived. It features Andrea Lani's forthcoming book, "Uphill Both Ways: Hiking toward Happiness on the Colorado Trail," a tiny cat knitting pattern from Ravelry, some reading recommendations, and more! You can find the newsletter here. Want to receive the newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here.
My November/December 2021 newsletter is here. It includes some new publications, my dear friend and author Carole Starr and her book To Root & To Rise, an epic knitting fail, and some tiger facts from Zoe. You can read it here.
I've been fortunate to work on a recent project with the New Hampshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention helping to raise awareness around suicide, help individuals share their personal stories, and educate around suicide prevention efforts on a national and local level. A couple of the stories near to my heart include Jim Scott's story and KC Christensen's story. In addition, the group recently published this post about Holiday Stress & Suicide, and the website has a ton of informative blog posts, suicide prevention resources, and helpful information.
I recently had a short article included in the Maine Appalachian Trail Club's Maintainer Newsletter through a happy collision of two disparate parts of my life. My first husband Steve and I were volunteer maintainers of a section of the Appalachian Trail on Saddleback Mountain for many years, and shortly before his diagnosis we became lifetime members of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Since about a year after Steve's death, I have been working as a brain injury advocate and educator. Through this work, I recently was able to follow and highlight Maine stroke survivor Guy Pilote's thru hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness around brain injury. Guy reached Katahdin in October, and I wrote up a little piece for the fall 2021 issue of the Maintainer, which you can find here. You can also download a copy here.
My May/June 2021 newsletter is here (it's still June, just barely). This issue features writer Abby Maslin, a delicious cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (my go-to for birthday cake recipes), a fact about gold from Zoe, and some writing updates. Enjoy! You can read the May/June 2021 newsletter here.
Last month, I was thrilled to be featured in the January 2019 issue of Brain Injury Hope Magazine, which highlighted their 2019 Hope Heroes (I was honored to be selected as one) and featured essays from brain injury survivors and caregivers who are making an impact on the brain injury community. You can read the issue here and find more about the Brain Injury Hope Network on their website.
It has been a very hectic spring, so this is very late, but I'm pleased to have had an essay in the March (Brain Injury Awareness Month!) issue of Hope Magazine. The issue had a special section on young people affected by brain injury and my essay explores my own history with head injuries, as well as being a caregiver for Steve, and how that all led me to my current position with the Brain Injury Association of America's Maine Chapter. You can read the issue and my essay, "Overcoming Barriers," here.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and I wrote this essay/article to tell folks about my history with brain injury, provide some brain injury statistics, and discuss resources for those in Maine who have suffered a concussion, stroke, or other brain injury, including the upcoming 2017 Maine Brain Injury Resource Fair. While many people know that I am a writer, my day job is working as a brain injury advocate and educator here in Maine. I have an intimate history with brain injury, both from my days playing soccer (before we knew that concussions were cumulative) and as a caregiver for my late husband, Steve. I am grateful every day to be able to make a difference in the lives of Maine brain injury survivors, families, and the professionals supporting them. You can find more information about brain injury resources and supports in Maine through the Brain Injury Association of America's Maine Chapter here.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney lives and writes on a little piece of land in Maine.