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 …

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 …

Magic? Climb.

9 months since I last blogged. SO much has happened in that time. So much has happened in the last month. If you have had a brain injury, you may have experienced a distorted sense of time. My flow in time and aspects of my memory were affected by my injury, so I haven't reflected on …

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 …