I'm Dr. Erin Bush and a professor at the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences. Throughout my career as a speech-language pathologist, I have specialized in working with the adult acquired communication disorder population, and largely with the geriatric population in rural areas. Additionally, I have performed a research study pertaining to telepractice in a rural state. Through this work, my knowledge and appreciation for how little access to care some individuals have, has grown even deeper. Through my research with people with Parkinson’s disease, I have discovered in rural areas where there is less access to healthcare, people appear to rely more on social support resources such as Support Groups. In addition to my research at UW, I run the Laramie Area Stroke Support group.
My name is Abigail Hutchinson and I'm a recent graduate from the University of Wyoming with my master's degree in speech-language pathology. I became interested in brain injury support groups because I am a family member of a stroke survivor. I've seen first-hand how isolating it can be for a person with a brain injury and their family. In my group, I found community, comfort, and understanding that was unmatched by the "outside" world which greatly aided in my healing process. I earnestly hope, through this online group, we can provide the same level of support and knowledge that I received to others who find themselves on this journey.