From Survival to a New Normal

Today is Brain Injury Awareness Day, so it seems like an appropriate day to officially launch my blog, ournewnormal.support.

After I was diagnosed with my brain injury in December 2013, I heard a radio program detailing how many advances had been made in neurology in the last 25 years. MRI technology brought neurology into  a “golden age” with more discoveries than had been made in the 200 years before its invention.

One of the most exciting discoveries was neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself after it’s been damaged, to make new neural pathways after the injury–to detour around it, basically–to allow the brain-injured person to regain some ability to overcome the deficit.

Take it from me–this isn’t easy; and progress seems so slow and incremental.

I’m still in therapy three years after my diagnosis,  and I remain on the lookout for any treatment that might hold some promise for any improvement. (I’ll let you know if my current  course  of acupuncture helps.)

Through visual therapy, neurofeedback, CIT ( constraint-induced therapy) and electrical stimulation to improve muscle function due to disuse or damaged pathways, these newer therapies give me hope that the future is much brighter today for survivors like us.

New technology has advanced to the point that with smartphones and  speech-to-text software, I can write this blog despite my left hand’s incalcitrance.

So that’s why I feel it’s a great time to have a brain injury; I wouldn’t have had much of a chance of recovery without all these advances.

Tell me what therapies have helped you in the comments below. We all need to support one another.

The Washington Post: Medical Mysteries

Medical Mysteries: Like a slow-motion stroke

This article details my nightmare in the fall of 2013. Please feel free to comment or share it with anyone you know who is disabled or struggling in any way. The reporter and the Health staff did a fabulous job!

And they included the only decent picture of me since the spring of 2013 that includes Jim and me with my sons and their families, all of whom continue to be my motivation to get better!

suzanne-and-family

I carry the latest photo of all of them (minus Jim and me) from January 2015 wherever I go to remind me how much I have to be grateful for!

After seeing the article published, I had an epiphany and decided to start a blog for all of the other folks who have struggled and survived. I hope the story of my struggle will help anyone who is disabled or struggling to keep a positive outlook when things look their bleakest. NEVER, EVER give up!

The best is yet to come.