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 …

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 …

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 …

How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps

Yesterday, this headline from CBC News in Calgary caught my attention: "Sports-related brain injuries among children on the rise." The article covers a report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information about a large increase over the past 5 years in ER visits for concussions. (Visit the link above to view the interactive infographic displaying the number of ER visits per …

On Grief

Grief. You are a natural sister to pain and wisdom's well. You speak the truth that for wounds to surrender their power they must be felt. And fully. You are here while I now mourn my concussion: fullness of life lost and not yet fully regained; profound isolation; devastating loss of self; prolonged physical, emotional, …

{Reflection} Keepin’ On: Healing through a Concussion

Today, like so many anniversaries, is bittersweet. One year ago I smacked my head into a wall and concussed my brain. This ordinary “life happens” day has been a threshold to a newness of life. And yet, it has been the toughest experience I have had. Hell, actually. I am such a natural optimist that …