Slowly start again

My second annual appointment with the neurologist was today. I'm always exited for these because I always have good news and he's always very happy about how well I'm doing, but today, the tables were turned. I was doing very well, he was asking about my driving and it was decided that I would practice … Continue reading Slowly start again

Mangle

Since we were very young, my brother and I have loved reading, which later led to writing. Just like me, my brother really enjoys writing. He is almost done editing his first book Mangle and its prequel Ramitas, a short story collection that will be published before the novel. They are set to kick off … Continue reading Mangle

Please be patient while I remember

This morning I realized I talk too much, or at least give too much unnecessary detail when talking. These are details that others don't need or care about but for me are necessary, as I talk and retell the events that occurred I remember what happened. But I just realized this morning that people don't … Continue reading Please be patient while I remember

I forgot this morning

I just realized what a huge mistake I made staying in bed this morning after I turned off my alarm. In my head, I turned it off, got up, took my medicine which include B6, Folic Acid, Ritalin, Zoloft, and most importantly one doze of Vimpat. That is the most important one in the morning … Continue reading I forgot this morning

The best thing I did was to stay positive

Today I'm doing what I do most days, reading my old blog post that I see in my memories on Facebook or Timehop, but today I thought I should do more than share one of them. This post is from June 14, 2017, just two years ago that feel like a million. https://unstoppablemaria.com/2017/06/14/dont-give-up-believe-in-yourself/Don’t give up, … Continue reading The best thing I did was to stay positive

Wake up call

Today has been seven years since the day I officially woke up from the coma, the first day I showed any sign of acknowledging the people around me. I don't remember any of this but I was also probably thinking what is going's on? Where am I? I think all I could do was look … Continue reading Wake up call

Seven years later…

I didn't think about it, but writing this brings a lot of old feelings back. I can't help but look back at the last seven years of my life, at least what I can remember of them and the worst moments come to mind. From that very first memory that always makes me sad and … Continue reading Seven years later…

NFL Linebacker talks about his life changing decision

Last night I listened to a podcast on BUCKIT, by Phil Keoghan (he's the host on the Amazing Race), where he spoke with former NFL player Chris Borland, which was surprisingly very interesting. I say surprisingly because I didn't know who Chris Borland was before just now, he's a retired football player, and I don't … Continue reading NFL Linebacker talks about his life changing decision

You write your own story

I read an article today that inspired me and I want to follow the write's example. maybe my take on his message may seem a little bit angrier but maybe I was sort of venting while I wrote this: As my emotions have gotten more stable during these seven years after my brain injury there … Continue reading You write your own story

Brain Injury Awareness Month 2019

It's March again and you know what that means? Brain Injury Awareness Month. Every year different organizations have different campaigns to celebrate this month, like #ChangeYourMind from the Brain Injury Association of America or the best one I've seen so far #notinvisible. This campaign is being used by Faces of TBI, a movement started by … Continue reading Brain Injury Awareness Month 2019

“The Smile on My Forehead”

This weekend I finished reading A Mind Unraveled and I loved it. The author, Kurt Eichenwald, is honest about everything that happens to him during the period of his life when he was undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed. It opened my eyes to how this condition affects every one of its victims and it's different for … Continue reading “The Smile on My Forehead”

What do a fruit fly and a Traumatic Brain Injury have in common?

It amazes me how I can see more research being done on Traumatic Brain Injuries every day, sometimes without even looking for information. For example yesterday, a close friend shared a link with me on Facebook about a student's research on TBI. This student just received a prize from the American Academy of Technology for … Continue reading What do a fruit fly and a Traumatic Brain Injury have in common?

Unstoppable survivors

  After finding this in a Brain Injury page on Facebook, I knew I had to share it. I want to share this for all my fellow survivors, those who are just beginning to live their new lives as survivors and for the veteran survivors. I want this to be a reminder that you are … Continue reading Unstoppable survivors

It has been a very long time since I’ve read a book so captivating

Yesterday I realized that for the first time I missed an appointment with my neurologist earlier this month. I still don't understand how that could happen, those appointments are the most important ones, at least for me. I'm still wondering why they didn't call me from his office to confirm the day before like they … Continue reading It has been a very long time since I’ve read a book so captivating

The Invisible Rain Cloud

As much as I write about my brain injury, I sometimes feel like I can't really explain exactly what it's like. Everything I read says different things about what it feels like but that's not always what I feel. I don't know if others feel the same way but as much as I try to … Continue reading The Invisible Rain Cloud