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What's a klatch?

noun, a social gathering, especially for coffee and conversation

origins

The TBI Klatch, originally called the TBI Kaffee Klatch, was born during the COVID-19 pandemic so Kitsap Brain Injury support group members had a way to stay connected. It has become a weekly Zoom event for a growing virtual-family featuring casual, informal discussions about defining and surviving in a "new normal." Klatch is about compassion, acceptance, understanding, awareness, knowledge and rebuilding after brain injury.

TBI survivors, family and caregivers from Washington state and other locales are welcome to our online group but must register below to receive a Zoom invitation

how do I klatch?

  • Register your email and login per the instructions

  • You're welcome to hang out and just listen or ask questions, participate & share your experiences

  • The only requirements: be polite, be courteous, be non-judgmental and accepting, there's usually no single right or wrong way dealing with TBI issues

  • Zoom can be challenging for some TBI symptoms, please mute background noise and stop video if your device’s camera moves around

  • If you have connection problems, try logging out and back in

  • Please avoid interrupting or talking over others; use the “raise hand” feature in Zoom to comment or contribute in turn

  • If you are new to TBI and/or Zoom, just ask for help-we're a pretty friendly group

It's not a

verb!

let's talk

distinction with little difference

 

There are two fundamental kinds of brain injury, congenital (born with it) and acquired, sometimes called ABI. Acquired brain injuries include strokes, infections, diseases, and other causes, including TBI

TBI is further defined as one acquired due to a traumatic event, such as a vehicle accident, fall, sports injury or other bump or jolt to the head 

Mild TBI (mTBI) is sometimes used to describe concussions or closed-head injuries of lesser trauma or without loss of consciousness

 

Not every blow to the head causes TBI but should to be taken seriously; continued "mild" blows over time can bring cumulative damage and significant brain changes

A first TBI concussion increases risk for another

As many survivors have learned, there is usually nothing mild about any brain injury; symptoms don't discriminate or care about your diagnosis

Every brain is unique

Every brain injury is unique

Learn from & help each other

tolerance for invalidation

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