Climbing Everest in a Storm: Living with Cognitive-Emotional Effects of Brain Injury

These ruminations begin with reading a recent Facebook post.... A little while ago I read this Facebook post by Elizabeth Gilbert. https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/1778347148914059 As someone who lives with a brain injury, it was hard for me to take in. Gilbert describes a moment of cognitive-emotional chaos, where she cannot use her thoughts to control her thoughts …

Who am I?: Coping with Identity Loss after a Brain Injury

With one blow to the head, I lost a part of myself It was 2 years before I started to feel more like myself. Immediately after I accidentally struck my head into a wall at my office, I knew something was terribly wrong. In my next meeting of the day I could not focus. I …

The Art of Making Mistakes

Before my injury, I loved to create. You could always find me scribbling away in a notebook, dreaming up a book idea, or doodling on a piece of paper. After my injury, I barely had enough physical energy to do the everyday tasks of living. I couldn't tap into my creativity in the same ways. …

Come Run with Me for Brain Injury, May 19!

3 years ago, I wasn't sure whether I'd ever return to normal life. Shortly after my brain injury, while I was still wallowing around trying to find proper medical care, one doctor told me not to run for 3 months. Well, that turned out to be a bit of an understatement. It was 2 years before …

My brain injury isn’t a joke

Societally, we’ve seen so many “mild” head injuries portrayed as humorous plot points that we’re numb to taking it seriously. Off the top of your head, I bet you can think of at least one movie or TV show that portrays a head injury. Probably even more. How about that scene in Parks and Recreation …

My third brainiversary + broken prayers

A few days ago it was three years since I injured my brain in a freak accident. It's hard to know what to say on this anniversary. Each day since then I've lived in the shadow-grief of that two seconds and the massive destruction it caused in my life, to my very self as constructed …

Football + brain = A good reason not to play

Rise and Shout the Cougars Are Out! I grew up watching football games with my family. BYU and Utah were the big teams in my house. Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah, has one of the most beautiful views of any stadium I've been to. I went to one of the famed Harvard/Yale football games while …

Be a brain advocate today!

With a lot of great new followers on The Art of Striving Facebook page, I want to thank everyone for their support. By following The Art of Striving you're showing that you're a brain advocate! I believe that everyone can be a brain advocate. What's a brain advocate? It's someone who knows about the brain …

How my brain injury changed my definition of “hard”

My body has always been pretty healthy. My brain, not so much. I can identify what I believe were at least two concussions growing up. Once I had the wind knocked out of me in a soccer practice in third grade and I felt woozy and lay on the grass for a while, trying to …