We are a group that supports those with brain injuries and their caregivers.
BABISG was founded in 2008 after it was discovered there were no active brain injury support groups in all of the Houston Bay Area. It became obvious that such a group needed to be formed. Now, such a group exists!
The Bay Area Brain Injury Support Group (BABISG) is a non-profit organization and information resource funded through private donations. It was founded with the intent to provide the local brain injury community with a valuable support resource. Our goal is to offer survivors and/or caregivers with a stress free, comfortable, informative and confidence building social outlet. Additionally, we have fun as well.
Purpose of BABISG
- Provide socialization for individuals with all types of brain injury and their families/friends.
- Improve one’s coping skills while reducing distress, depression, anxiety and/or fatigue.
- Educate the community about brain injury.
- Supply members and the community with both local and national resources.
- Offer support and share coping strategies.
What you can expect
- Interact with like survivors who may be dealing with similar circumstances which may help one to feel less lonely, isolated, or judged.
- Share recent success stories and new goals.
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect in your new situation.
- Getting practical advice or information about various treatment options.
- Help survivors to stay focused on their recovery.
Members of the group range in age from 18-67 year old survivors of various types of brain injury including:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Brain Surgery
- Brain tumors
- All diseases of the brain
Success stories start when you have survived and can thank God for tomorrow.
We are blessed to have the Bay Area Brain Injury Support Group. Appreciate Gateway Church for supporting us and thank Curtis Matthias for founding the group. I am the oldest member that continues to attend the monthly meeting. My injury happened on May 14, 2004 at the University of Houston where I was hit by a Houston Metro Bus going 35 mph. Just wasn't my turn to go to Heaven. God has gone above and beyond with my healing. Love having the support of other members. Feel comfortable to come join us the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
“Go to these meetings! I am 4.5 years out and I just now feel like I am placing my feet on the ground. Brain injury has left me feeling frustrated. The meetings are a great source of information. I hope that we all share information that is beneficial to group members. I feel like the meetings are a break away for others like me. I do not have to nod my head and pretend like I understand and will remember what is going on. I felt the freedom to admit, “I don’t know what you mean”. I knew others understood when I had to take notes because I knew I would not remember.
Brain Injury is one of the worst injuries that can happen to the body. Our brains control every move we make and every thought we have. When our thoughts are not like the thoughts in our environment frustration can cause a person with a brain injury to enter into a self-talk that can be even more destructive. Trying to commutate becomes a struggle. Confusion can lead us on a path to other problems that make living day to day very lonely even when others are around. Understanding the role of a caregiver for someone with a brain injury takes a very special person. Not everybody can do this type of work and create a happy environment for all involved. BABISG has been meeting for years and I choose not to get involved because I was too sick. I now think that maybe that was a mistake The first meeting I went to was a weight lifter. Nobody was mad at me. I could say things that were building up inside that nobody wanted to hear. They understood how I felt. I finally found likeminded people who do not judge me. I have learned like me there are others that have parts of their mind that work well, this is giving some very smart people a chance to look at brain damage from the inside. Often they can help relax some of the confusion that builds up through group talks. Something that people with a brain injury can face is a lack of respect. No brain problem is too small or big to lose respect over. Come and join the conversation and enjoy a group that will never judge you for the life you live. Welcome to BABISG!
I have attended these meetings and find they are a great way to heal and share your own experience in what a survivor faces day to day. Everyone's injury is different, however it is a place where others understands the challenges and offer support to one another.