To shine more light on the difficulties of diagnosis and treatment – and the hope of recovery – of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), RLF Founder and Chair Chrisanne Gordon, MD, has been holding conversations with a number of organizations in the last few months. She’s been discussing her book, Turn the Lights On!, and her personal journey of recovery from her own TBI.
In October, Dr. Gordon spoke with the delegates to the Ohio Convention of the Blue Star Mothers of America. All 15 Ohio Chapters were represented at the Columbus event, with an audience of about 50. The annual convention also features a Memorial service honoring the organization’s lost moms and veterans through the year.
In photo on left: Anne Parker, National President of the Blue Star Mothers, is surrounded by Ohio Convention delegates.
In the photo on the right are (left to right) Karen Stillwell, President, Department of Ohio; Dr. Gordon; and Brenda Russell, Past President of Department of Ohio.
In early November, Dr. Gordon spoke at her alma mater, Duquesne University, in a program sponsored by the school’s Office for Military and Veteran Students. An audience of about 30 students, faculty, and alumnae from the Rangos School of Health Sciences’ Department of Occupational Therapy and from the School of Law engaged in a lively discussion regarding TBI care as well as the implications for defending the veteran in criminal court.
Faculty members supporting the discussion included Dr. Jaime Munoz, the Occupational Therapy department chair, Daniel W. Kunz, JD, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, and Don Accamando, D. Ed., Director of the Office for Military and Veteran Students and a retired US Air Force veteran.
Left to right in the photo: Daniel Kunz; Dr. Gordon; and Don Accamando.