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Looking to reinvent yourself after a traumatic brain injury? We're an online lifeline and resource connector. This has been my vision ever since a young woman ran a stop sign and sent my car tumbling end-over-end.

This website allows us to share our research, resources, and stories with each other. We're glad you are here!


Zoom Meetings
All of our in-person events are suspended due to Coronavirus concerns. In the meantime, please join us for Zoom Meetings online.

For info on joining these meetings
Please call Celeste at (909) 260-0980 or send her an email at info@tbibridge.org. You'll be added to a list to get the unique meeting ID and password the day before each Tuesday's meetings.

  • Tuesdays at 10 AM — Support Group Meeting for survivors, caregivers, family and friends
  • Tuesdays at 11 AM — Caregiver Meeting with Gale Taylor

Please check back for updates as the Coronavirus situation improves and in-person meetings resume!

If you are feeling alone, please email info@tbibridge.org and include your phone number. We'll reach out!


Special Insight Into "The New Normal"
With COVID-19, people struggle to process "the new normal" when life keeps throwing them curve balls. The TBI community may be better prepared for the "new normal" than the average person. We understand how constant re-adjustment can challenge our memory, mood, and decision-making ability.

We have learned coping strategies such as meditation and distraction to calm the brain during times like these. Our Stories page has lots of inspiration, and Celeste's Holiday Happiness video contains steps to help you get your groove back.


Crash Support Network Logo Celeste's Story in Crash Support Network Newsletter Looking for more connections with the TBI community? Dawne McKay's website is Crash Support Network, and she publishes a quarterly newsletter called "Sharing Our Recovery." Both are full of stories about survivors as well as helpful resources. Her Spring 2020 newsletter features an article about our own Celeste Palmer!
Read the PDF newsletter
Visit the website


In the Good Old Summertime Sand pail and shovel
"In summer, the song sings itself."
— William Carlos Williams

Summer 2020 is unique in our experience. Forced isolation can feel dormant, more like winter of the soul. But summer is truly here, as nature attests, and the thermometer insists! Summer doesn't know there's a quarantine. Summer just is ... bold and unashamed.

Never give up — that's one of our cherished ideals here at Bridging the Gap. Summer would approve of that thought. We invite you to let summer's bold colors, sultry heat, and brazen growth carry you to new levels of your own. Maybe it's time to take on your own growth spurt, your own next bold step. It's summer, anything is possible!


You're Invited

You are not alone. We're there for each other. As our videos show, our support groups are tremendously helpful in allowing us to hear what works for others, and also to discuss the things that are difficult.

We cover current topics about brain injury, cutting-edge research about concussion and stroke, and we discuss what's currently available to us in our recovery. We address the issues of survivors, caregivers, family, and friends.

Our monthly meetings at Claremont Place are currently canceled due to Coronavirus concerns. We normally meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. It's free. We'd love to meet you when the schedule returns to normal, so please check back for updates as the situation improves.

If you are feeling alone, please email info@tbibridge.org and include your phone number. We'll reach out!


Latest Updates

TBI and Visual Consequences Podcast — August, 2018
Celeste Palmer Celeste was a guest on neuro-optometrist Dr. Doug Stephey's "Move, Look, and Listen" podcast, with host Tim Edwards. This audio is a mind-boggling "look" at how the brain and vision interact in so many fundamental ways.



Gentle Intro to TBI: Celeste on the Radio — July 26, 2018
Terry Smith's radio show screenshot Our own Celeste was a guest on Brain Injury Radio with Terry Smith! She gave a wonderful introduction to the world of traumatic brain injury, shared her personal experiences, and offered some great tips on how to venture forward and find help. (Note: Celeste's segment runs from 19:40 to 56:48 minutes)
Listen on Terry's Website


Chicken Soup for the Soul - Book Cover Inspiration for Recovery in 101 Doses
Celeste is honored to be one of the 101 people who were asked to share their brain injury journeys in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work.

To buy the book, call Celeste at (909) 260-0890 or send her an email. The price is $15 + shipping and handling.

Proceeds from purchases made through Celeste go directly to our non-profit, Bridging the Gap. Your purchase will help us share our resources with other TBI survivors!


Claremont Place Now Twice a Month
Double your pleasure! Our helpful monthly meetings at Claremont Place are now taking place twice a month! Every second and fourth Tuesday, join us at this welcoming and beautiful facility to discuss coping strategies, share stories, and support each other on our ongoing journeys. From 6:00 to 6:30, we break into two groups, Survivors and Caregivers. Then from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, we all meet together.

Visit our Events page to see where our group can be found, or please reach out to us for a friendly email on our Contact Us page.

Email Us if you have an event to share.

Our Resources page contains many listings we have found helpful. From medical centers to massage, in-home care to brain boosting techniques, please make use of these great opportunities. Email Us if you have a resource to share with others!


We are on Amazon Smile!
Amazon Smile logo When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile and designate "Bridging the Gap Connecting TBI Survivors", we receive a small donation. It's the same as your normal Amazon shopping, but this way Amazon donates to our group. We would greatly appreciate it if you would click here to make us your Amazon Smile charity.

Welcome from Celeste Palmer
Founder and TBI Survivor


Martin McLeod speaks at our meeting
Chiropractor Martin McLeod Video on Successful Living
This dynamic speaker makes sense of getting to know your body and emotions, how doctors and patients should communicate, and how diet can be the key to everything.


Krista Von Stetten during her video interview
Our Stories - Video Edition!
Catch up with us live on video.


To the future!
Holiday Happiness Strategies Video
Tips for keeping spirits bright all year long



My Happiness Project Video
Celeste speaks about our pursuit of happiness


Celeste and Judith at booksigning event
Celeste's Journey Video
Sharing her adventures at a booksigning event



Donations Welcome!
Your kind donation makes
sharing our resources possible!


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We appreciate our business donors so very much!
  • Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater
  • Citrus Community College and Haugh Performing Arts Theater
  • Claremont Courier
  • Espiau's Restaurant
  • Human Interface
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Inter Valley Health Plan
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • Salt Oasis
  • Stroke Department, PVHMC
  • Tea with Sherry
... and to all the people who give to help us. You allow us to continue the tradition of scholarships to Veterans who are students at Citrus College. You also expand our reach to find and provide resources, education, and advocacy for survivors' families and friends — our gratitude is endless!

If you would like to contribute to the Susan Reis Carroll Memorial, please make a note of it in your donation. Susan was a TBI survivor and a member of our community.




Our Gang at a recent meeting
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