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Brain Trauma Support & Resources

How it All Started

Over a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop, Peggy approached Miriam with the idea of creating a resource and support center for acquired brain injuries. Both moms have a child who suffered a brain injury, and both moms relied on each other for support. Miriam’s son experienced a severe hit to the head and neck in 2013 after a crash during a downhill skateboard race. His full face helmet did not protect his brain. Peggy’s daughter, Ariana, received a blow to the head and neck when a cheerleading teammate fell on her after slipping off Ariana’s shoulders (2016). Concussion resources were somewhat available, however, they did not quite address the multitude of treatment, care, and educational considerations geared towards adolescents with post-concussion syndrome.

Peggy and Miriam each have their individual yet very similar story in how they approached the care for their child. Sleepless nights filled with online searches for answers and helpful therapies, days occupied by pleas to doctors for help, unanswered questions, medications that didn’t work and homeopathic remedies that did, out of pocket costs, non-traditional therapies, … The list never ended.

The two moms leaned on each other by sharing and understanding their experiences and challenges. Peggy, Ariana, and Miriam created Beyond Concussion from a desire to help other patients and families who are affected by post-concussion syndrome and acquired brain injuries.

“One small crack does not mean you’re broken, it means you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.”

– Linda Poindexter

Beyond Concussion, a 501(c)3 organization, connects concussion and acquired brain injury patients with vital resources encompassing all aspects of the journey to healing. They hold monthly peer support group meetings where personal experiences, thoughts, and struggles are shared safely and confidently. They bring awareness to the serious effects of post-concussion syndrome. Their vision is to be a single point of contact for resources concerning concussion injuries.

What's New

Going into 2020, we reflected on Beyond Concussion’s programs and goals, and on how to improve our services and programs for the new year. Much thought went into this process as we aimed to consider the needs of the post-concussion community and its caregivers.

Drawing on our own personal experience as caregivers, and on the conversations we had last year with other caregivers, we recognized that many of us deal with the same issues. We run around making sure all is taken care of and often forget to take care of ourselves. Not good! Peggy and I feel so grateful for each other during each of our journeys as caregivers for our kids. By witnessing the impact of post-concussion syndrome on the whole family we noticed that caregivers are often left with their own struggles. Our connection was a way to include self-care without jeopardizing the needs of our loved one. This knowledge and experience each of us, and you the caregiver, gained can now be shared through our new program called “Caregiver Connection!”

Next to this new program for caregivers, we continue to provide the Beyond Concussion Support Group and our Workshop!

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Our Team

Miriam Ravesloot Allsop Co-Founder

Miriam Allsop is co-founder of Beyond Concussion. Prior to starting the nonprofit with Peggy, Miriam’s desire to help others led her to volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and raise money for the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. Now, with Beyond Concussion, this desire became her goal. Having experienced many of the obstacles one encounters as a parent of a student with post-concussion syndrome, Miriam works to reduce the amount of concussions through prevention and education, offers information on an array of treatments and therapies to treat a concussion, and provides support and resources to young patients and their families when concussion symptoms become persistent.

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Peggy Khayamian Co-Founder

I’m a mother of two beautiful children who mean everything to me. Passionate about helping and caring for people, I strive to offer information and empowerment, so that everyone can look back on their accomplishments with pride and a deeper sense of their own true power and wisdom. In the course of our own family dealing with my daughter’s concussion I have found peace and relaxation in helping others in similar situations and raising awareness. I am delighted to have put together this support group for all families touched by the invisible pain.

Ariana Khayamian Co-Founder

Hello! I’m Ariana Khayamian. I had a concussion in September 2016, and now am living with post concussion syndrome. I am a high school student in San Diego who enjoys learning about human biology, competing on swim team, and spending time with friends. But the thing I enjoy most, is helping others go through the same thing that I am going through. Being brutally honest, life is hard. Most of my problems now are with eye movements and concentration. It is difficult for me to finish many tasks and find the strength to keep looking for new treatments and finding ones that work for me. Before I thought that no one understood how I felt, and I lost all hope. That is when I decided that we needed a safe place for people suffering from any type of traumatic brain injury to express how they feel, talk to others who understand, and receive advice for different treatments and therapies. This is now Beyond Concussion.

Miriam Allsop is co-founder of Beyond Concussion. Prior to starting the nonprofit with Peggy, Miriam’s desire to help others led her to volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and raise money for the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. Now, with Beyond Concussion, this desire became her goal. Having experienced many of the obstacles one encounters as a parent of a student with post-concussion syndrome, Miriam works to reduce the amount of concussions through prevention and education, offers information on an array of treatments and therapies to treat a concussion, and provides support and resources to young patients and their families when concussion symptoms become persistent.

I’m a mother of two beautiful children who mean everything to me. Passionate about helping and caring for people, I strive to offer information and empowerment, so that everyone can look back on their accomplishments with pride and a deeper sense of their own true power and wisdom. In the course of our own family dealing with my daughter’s concussion I have found peace and relaxation in helping others in similar situations and raising awareness. I am delighted to have put together this support group for all families touched by the invisible pain.

Hello! I’m Ariana Khayamian. I had a concussion in September 2016, and now am living with post concussion syndrome. I am a high school student in San Diego who enjoys learning about human biology, competing on swim team, and spending time with friends. But the thing I enjoy most, is helping others go through the same thing that I am going through. Being brutally honest, life is hard. Most of my problems now are with eye movements and concentration. It is difficult for me to finish many tasks and find the strength to keep looking for new treatments and finding ones that work for me. Before I thought that no one understood how I felt, and I lost all hope. That is when I decided that we needed a safe place for people suffering from any type of traumatic brain injury to express how they feel, talk to others who understand, and receive advice for different treatments and therapies. This is now Beyond Concussion.

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