Birthdays, anniversaries, dates of loss, life and other special events often lead to emotional reflections. Today marks four years since my life-changing traumatic brain injury. I am grateful to be here to reflect on the past four years. In the past, I have described this injury as a tick mark on my timeline of life … Continue reading 4 Years of TBI Recovery: Reflections →
I had the intention and goal of finishing a book titled, “The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back,” prior to my first appointment at the Mind Eye Institute back in August, however, this was not fulfilled due to … Continue reading “The Ghost in My Brain” →
I often feel like an underdog in my recovery, grinding and fighting through adversity for any sort of progress. The thing about underdog stories is that once they reach that big moment of victory, all of the raw emotion and passion is witnessed – a culmination of the pain, hard work, grind, failures, setbacks and … Continue reading Who Doesn’t Love a Good Comeback Story? →
At a recent appointment, a provider was astounded that I had suffered a brain injury and that my recovery was so prolonged. The reason? She said, “Wow! I cannot believe this happened despite you having a helmet on!” As I have been on a mission to break these societal misconceptions, this again struck me as … Continue reading Concussion Myths Debunked →
I have received questions about what advocacy looks like for loved ones and for those suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is incredibly important, as I’ve learned, following TBI. My needs increased and I needed help in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. I struggled with communicating these needs to my loved … Continue reading Advocacy After Brain Injury →
When you think of the role of your tongue, you probably immediately think of its role in tasting, talking and swallowing. Did you know the tongue is directly connected to the brain? There is a hub of nerves at the tip of the tongue consisting of about 50-60 nerve branches.1 Picture babies and children in their … Continue reading Shocking New Pathways Into the Brain →
I never know where I’ll be or what I’m doing when it hits. While I’ve identified many triggers, there are so many still unknown, if identifiable at all. I try not to let the possibility of a migraine dictate my life and activities but sometimes, it’s in the back of my mind. I wonder, when … Continue reading Breaking Out of the Chronic Migraine Prison →
Light is so fascinating and mesmerizing to me and has become so much more meaningful and important to me during this recovery. Certain wavelengths of light make me feel worse while others seem to make me feel better. From my time spent in the Light Portal, to my new Brainwear bending light to manipulate my … Continue reading The Light That Peeks Through →
Up to this point, we have learned of the incredible evolution of anesthesia since its advent, allowing millions of life-saving, painless, sterile, successful surgeries to take place every day. We have also learned of careful considerations in vulnerable populations. This last blog post will top off the topic of surgery in the brain injured patient. … Continue reading Surgery, General Anesthesia and the Vulnerable Concussed Brain →
Most of the focus surrounding the outcomes and use of general anesthesia has been on two populations – pediatric patients and elderly patients. This is due to the vulnerability of the young, developing brain and the aging brain. In an article titled “The Hidden Dangers of Going Under,” it is posed that the negative effects of … Continue reading Slipping Into Unconsciousness: General Anesthesia in the Vulnerable, Concussed Brain →
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