“Stress and Pain Management
Go Hand in Hand!”
Eve Kennedy-Spaien, OTR/L, Clinical Supervisor, Pain and Functional Restoration Program, SRH/ Medford
BABIS turned 17 years old!
The ‘Gift’ of Mindfulness
For the Holidays
Presented by Dr. Sarah Gray, Psy.D,
SRH C-Town and Medford
“We Are What We Eat!”
Presented by Alice Richter, RDN,MBA,LDN, SRH
“Who Are We Now?”
Survivor Panel: David Castiglioni, Robert Goss
Tracey Mitchell, Sandra Madden
“You Really Need Your Sleep!”
Dr. Kevin Domingos, Neuropsychologist
Director, Boston Neuropsychological Services, Needham
Our Annual Spirit of Boston Cruise!
“Creative Outlets: The Power of Art!”
Cecile Reve, LMHC-EAT & Gabriela Kotliar, LMHC-EAT
“Leisure Activities + Adaptive Sports-
Get Out and Get Involved!”
Sandra Villante, Therapeutic Recreation, SRH
“Cleaning out the Clutter!”
Stephanie Gilbert, MS, CCC-SLP & Emilia Hearn, MS, CCC-SLP
Community Rehab Care
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou
Participating in silence
I strive for identity
Do not judge a book by its cover
Alone no more
Faith makes it possible
You can do anything
One all around
I rose from adolescence
I nearly died, but I survived in a different form
The mind stumbles but doesn’t fall
It’s not 100 yard dash; it’s a marathon
I’m starting over again and discovering a new norm
One day at a time; never give up!
Darkness no more!
After all this time, I’m still recovering
Moving forward in small and big steps
Always optimistic about the situation I’m in
I love all of you
Always stay tenacious
And we love you
Nature and animals are the answer
Thankful for this amazing day
The future is always bright!
presented by the
BABIS Planning Committee
Highlights from past BABIS Meetings:
Dr. Rick Leskowitz, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
"Stress Management and the Holidays"
Here is the inspiring song our group wrote with
Trevor Berens, Intern, SRH.
I Can See Clearly Now
(new verses composed by the BABIS group, April 14, 2012)
Over the time we will recover
The pain in our brain will go away
A brand new life we will discover
The sun will rise and shine all day
BABIS is the only way.
We have survived and now the worst is gone.
It’s not the same but we can make a change
Every day will bring a brand new dawn.
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.
I know good can get better
I feel it as I write each letter.
We can’t lose hope now, we’ll be fine.
It’s gonna be a bright bright sunshiny day.
Gone is the trauma we’ve been enduring
It’s time’s turn to work on the curing.
Now we can see future pages advancing.
Today is a bright sunshiny day.
It is a beautiful day at BABIS.
We all get together to support eachother.
All of our days at Spaulding are getting better.
Today is a bright sunshiny day.
We can see clearly now what life has been.
It’s been a long road, look how far we’ve come.
Help and support with your hand in mine
With hope as our guide, (guide) we’ll all find our way.
I care so dearly now, my chains are gone.
My limitations can be overcome
Even though rain on brain has caused me pain.
Gonna have freedom now till I die.
Poems inspired by the song
As long as the walls are down my life is better.
It’s nice to be surrounded by a group of friends.
Using our good judgment will keep us safe forever,
Our common interest is the safety of others.
We will find support from each other through the ups and downs.
Thank God for grandeous delusions
The whole world looks sunshiny.
Each day is brighter and lighter
The world is full of laughter and play
This makes my life better day by day.
Support from peers and friends will never end.
Sunshine never ends, it’s outside
Everywhere gathering strength.
Once we start thinking and acting like children
We will have a better day.
“A word that didn’t exist until music gave it a place.
“Watch out for the rain; It made rainbows in the sky,
Multicolored rainbows show us the route in a chaosticasmic way.”
“Yeah, we’re building a bridge here!”
Here's the beautiful poem our group wrote
wtih Philip Hasouris in February 2012:
I am a survivor
I am splatt
I want to see my wife
I am here to have fun
Maybe the future is within our reach
The music sounds good
I wonder what’s for lunch
Have I really lost something
We are going to win the super bowl
I’d like to be on an island in the Pacific Ocean
I love my life and family
The stars above
Is this a group discussion
I am alive and happy
I am a member of the Boston Brain Injury Association
The quality of people is un-researched
Photographs record their lives
Making up a poem is in the hearing
Rain in Spain
Bed at night
You have to reinvent yourself
The road to my healing
On a cold winter’s day
I found warmth writing a poem with a group of strangers I ponder why this happend to me
Friendship is nice to have