Pam Hays

Bio

Pam Hays is founder and president of The Arms Forces, a nonprofit organization embracing veterans and military members who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress. She is a severe TBI survivor and through own own journey from adversity to joyful renewal along with the lived experiences of those she now serves, has developed the Life Integration 4 Veterans (LIV4) program!

Before her injury, Pam was a vocational rehabilitation counselor, working with those who had TBI, mental disorders, and those who were incarcerated, and has been the owner of her own seminar company.

Expert Presenter: WV Brain Injury Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health & Human Services, Veteran’s Health Administration TBI Council, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blue Star Mothers, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Services, National Guard Mental Health and TBI Committee/OHIOCARES, Department of Defense/USO/USOC Warrior Games, TBI Council-VISN 11 VA Management Advisory Council-VIS 11 VA, and numerous others.

Pam founded The Arms Forces so that our nation's invisibly wounded warriors and their families would have a consistent, easily accessed, sustainable, empathetic, inspiring system of support to receive the assistance they need to overcome the challenges of traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress, and live a quality life.

Specialties:

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Affiliation:

  • The Arms Forces, Founder and President

Location:

  • City, OH

Activity

  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Is traumatic brain injury (TBI) more common among returning veterans today?

    Traumatic brain injury is referred to as the "signature wound" of today's wars. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (Deptartment of Defense, Centers of excellence for Pshychological Health) in 2000 there were 10,953 diagnosed traumatic brain injuries and in 2009 there were 28,946 diagnosed traumatic...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    Where can I find other veterans to talk to about reintegration challenges?

    The nonprofit  I founded, The Arms Forces, embraces veterans who have a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.  If you are experiencing the challenges of invisible wounds in your reintegration progress, The Arms Forces would like to help.  Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    What happens with a traumatic brain injury?

    The brain is the "hard drive" in our bodies, working to make evertything else in our bodies work correctly.  When an injury to the brain occurs, all functions of the body can be affected. Damage to a brain can be localized, meaning that one area of the brain is adversely affected.  Or it could be diffuse, meaning several...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    What are the symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury?

    "Symptoms" is a very interesting word when it comes to determining the severity of a traumatic brain injury.  When an injury to the head occurs, there are tests that are used that determine things such as the amount of time that a person was not conscious. MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scans 

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  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    What are the symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury?

    In a recent conversation with Susan Connors, President of The Brain Injury Association of America,  we talked about the BIA working towards removing the term "mild" as it pertains to brain injury.  The word ""mild infers that the the challenges in a person's life will be mild.  Research is proving that out...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    Why did a traumatic brain injury affect my entire body?

    The core of your being is your brain.  What happens in our bodies that is NOT controlled by our brain?  Your brain controls how you relate to your spouse, your parents, your children and everyone else in your life.  Your brain helps you decide whether to eat pizza or steak for dinner and whether or not to...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    How does traumatic brain injury affect consciousness?

    Not all brain injuries result in a loss of consciousness. That is just one symptom of brain injury.  Even without LOC, a brain can be altered physically. It is important that anyone who has been injured in a way that could cause a brain injury, be checked out by a doctor.  Also important to note, is that...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    What resources are available for victims of traumatic brain injury?

    There are many resources for traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, depending on the individual survivor's challenges.  The needs that are addressed during hospitalization are only the beginning.  Many TBIs require weeks, months or years of suportive services of some kind and care coordination is very important

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  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    Should I limit my activities while I recover from a brain injury?

    Your brain needs to rest after injury.  Rest includes getting the proper amount of sleep, refrain from activities that not only tire your body physically, but those that require emotional and mental exercise of the brain.  Pushing yourself too hard will not speed up recovery.  Actually, it can hinder your brain's ability...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    Is it typical for a veteran to have insomnia after deployment?

    Changed sleep patterns are also a smyptom of traumatic brain injury.  If a veteran was within 55 yards of a blast, there is a greater possiblity that they may have experienced a TBI, even if not diagnosed at the time of the explosion. If other symptoms of TBI are present such as memory problems,...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    Who can I talk to about getting help as a veteran with anxiety disorder?

    Only 40-50% of veterans are registered with the VHA (Veterans Health Administration, more commonly known as the VA)  to receive benefits.  If you a veteran who has not registered for VHA services, it could be worth your while to visit your closest VA Clinic or Health Center and sign up.  Being forthright with...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    How can I keep romance alive?

    Keep YOU alive!  If we allow ourselves to become deadened, our thirst for a life of love and romance will wane, if not disappear!  Be the best "YOU", you can be.  It takes more than physical health.  Our emotional and spiritual sides need to be nurtured and attended to also. 

    What is your passion?  What makes you...Read More
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays answered:

    How should I talk to someone with brain injury or PTSD?

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor is usually aware that they have deficits in their thinking, processing, communication, cognitive abilities, even if others do not see them. If you want to communicate effectively with a TBI survivor, do not tell them to be grateful that they have their legs or arms....Read More
  • Nicole Chandanais , NASM Elite Trainer - Colorado Springs, CO - Fitness
    Hi Pam! Nice to meet you on Sharecare! Your journey and dedication to our military is incredible and so inspiring! Thank you for everything that you have done and are doing everyday!!
  • Pam Hays - City, OH - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Pam Hays has posted a blog entry:

    The 31 Day Challenge is almost half way through. Articles for Days 1-14 are now posted. Please take a moment to read some of the articles and learn

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