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In February 2015, I suffered a blow to the head that continues to affect me today. I experienced what doctors called a “mild concussion,” a term inadequate to describe the symptoms of an injured brain. I became a full-time patient and caretaker of myself.
As with many complex medical conditions, brain injury turns people into researchers if they want to survive. Even if they get good information from doctors (when it comes to head injury this is rarer than you might think), they still have to narrow down what they are going to do and which treatments to pursue.
Since the brain is the control center for the entire body, a concussive or other injury to the brain damages multiple systems of function. It’s impossible to put everything together at once, and the road can be long, even with appropriate interventions.
What we do know now that we didn’t used to, is that brains change. An injury does not necessarily have to be permanent if you can get the right nutrition, movement, therapies, and support.
After over 2.5 years of recovery, I am at a much higher level of function than I was immediately after the injury. I still have not returned to full-time work. Miraculously, I have been having more and more good brain days. Some days I feel scrambled, but I feel so blessed to have seen such amazing improvements. I anticipate I’ll be back to work soon.
This ongoing list of resources is my humble attempt to serve you if you are going through recovery. I would do so much more if I could. Everyone going through recovery from brain injury needs a community of people who understand.
- I did not know this pain would rise today, December 20, 2017, Elizabeth Pinborough
- You look great! How to support someone with a mild traumatic brain injury, October 6, 2017, Elizabeth Pinborough
- In the News: Concussion Edition, July 26, 2017, Elizabeth Pinborough
- Magic? Climb (about my experience at Amen Clinics), April 5, 2017, Elizabeth Pinborough
- How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps, July 29, 2016, Elizabeth Pinborough
- Hope Unfading, an incredible site for advocacy, information, and support, run by Liz Rooney, a 9-time brain injury survivor who is healing