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!

Cowboy Boots and Daisies Thank You One and All!
Our 6th Annual BBQ and Charity Event on October 13th was a Smashing Success!
The funds raised allow us to continue the tradition of our annual scholarship to a student veteran, adding to our website resources to encourage our fellow survivors and friends, outreach into talks and support groups!

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.

Join us at Claremont Place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. It's free. We'd love to meet you!

Tuesday, October 16
Hillcrest Support Group

Hillcrest Retirement Community, 6:00 pm
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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

Stroke Awareness Day at PVHMC — May 19, 2018
Some of our gang at PVHMC Stroke Awareness Day Bridging the Gap proudly gave out smiles and information at Stroke Awareness Day at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Doctors, nurses, therapists, and many friends met us there — it was a wonderful experience! The energy, knowledge, and assistance shared was very gratifying. 1 More Photo at News

June Snodgrass — April 2018
June and Wayne on their 65th Anniversary June and her husband, Wayne, and their daughter, Robin, I met years ago at one of our support group meetings in Claremont, CA.

June attended, slowly explaining about her stroke with her husband and daughter quick to tell us what they "knew" June was going to say.

With a little (sigh) coaching from Celeste they soon learned that June wanted to use her own voice. She just needed a little longer to prepare the words in her head and get them out in a conversation. Soon she would have "her say" in the meeting and everyone was happy to wait until she completed her thoughts. Robin many times said, "Is that it, Mom?" The group would chuckle and June would say "Yes" or "No" and on we went.

Wayne has Macular Degeneration and is a born advocate. He's a great person to go to for advice.

Their 65 year marriage is a testament to determination and courage. They have 6 kids and 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. With spouses a family photo would be about 50 people, give or take!

I've met 3 of their 6 kids- Robin, Mike and Steven. This is an amazing family. We have been honored to know them and to have them share their trials and tribulations through the years.

Our beautiful friend, June passed this month. We will sadly miss seeing the sparkle in her eyes, her quick smile, her determination and "tell it like it is" attitude. She has not only been my treasured friend all these years but my Hero. (I hear you, June! She told me often that I was her hero and we ARE each other's heroes!)

She frequently reminded us - Believe. Be patient. Never give up!

June and Wayne have videos on this website. Please enjoy them. With love and appreciation, Celeste

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!

Welcome from Celeste Palmer
Founder and TBI Survivor

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

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

2017 Fundraiser at Mountain Village
October Fundraiser now on Video
Our 2017 fundraiser at Mountain Village Senior Apartments was a rip-roaring success! Donations increased, as they have every year! Thank you, supporters! You are our angels.

My Happiness Project
Celeste speaks about our pursuit of happiness

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

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

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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.

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.

Fall is Here!
Pumpkin spice and everything nice "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus

We all ebb and flow like the seasons. What is your favorite way to enjoy fall? Indoors with a warm drink spiced with cinnamon, or outside breathing in the crisp air? Let the introspective nature of fall encourage you to listen to your body and your mind. Where will it take you? Be present on your journey, and celebrate just being alive.

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!

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.

Our Gang at a recent meeting
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