You can get back up again

I did it, six years ago I learned how to walk again. If you ask me today how I did it I can only say I did it with a lot of hard work and a even more patience. It takes a lot of persistence, desire to move forward and even more faith in yourself. … Continue reading You can get back up again

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You are strong

Yes we are, we all are and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. You and me and everyone else fighting this battle is a champion. We each fight our own battles and become stronger after every they are done. Keep fighting and don't give up because you can do it, I know you can. … Continue reading You are strong

Solving a neuroscience puzzle

As a part of Epilepsy Awareness Month, I would like to share an interesting article I found: Solving a century-old neuroscience puzzle may lead to epilepsy therapy Neurotransmitters, or NTs, are chemicals that neurons synthesize and release, which bind to receptors on adjacent neurons. Excitatory NTs like glutamate will activate neurons (i.e. cause them to … Continue reading Solving a neuroscience puzzle

I was finally standing

Every year, on October 31 I come around this great memory. This was one of my proudest days during rehabilitation. I had been working hard for months I was still not able do do anything by myself, when after six months, I was able to stand. That's it, standing, which now I take for granted … Continue reading I was finally standing

I’m just happy to be ok

This is the best way to show how angry I was six years ago, while I was still in the first stages of my recovery and I saw no way out. There were dark moments, like when I wrote this status update, when I would hit rock bottom, I was angry and would take it … Continue reading I’m just happy to be ok

How could I forget?

I have absolutely no idea how this morning I forgot the most important thing I have to do every morning. I would kick myself if I could right now. I didn't realize that I screwed up until 8:00 PM, when I was taking my nightly doze of Keppra and Vimpat, my epilepsy medicine, that I … Continue reading How could I forget?

Benefits of exercise to the brain

Aside from working hard on the new apartment, trying as hard as I can to watch the World Cup and trying to find a job, I've continued doing the T25 workouts. To be honest, I have only missed one day and it was last Sunday's stretch video. Apart from that I've been really loyal, I … Continue reading Benefits of exercise to the brain

Two days of independence

This weekend I was finally trusted to spend two nights at home by myself. It wasn't safe for me to stay alone before in case I had a seizure, but being over three years seizure free, I earned the trust to spend a weekend by myself. I wasn't alone, I had my dogs. I spent … Continue reading Two days of independence

My emotional compass

Traumatic Brain Injury survivors, like myself, have a lot of trouble controlling our emotions and recognizing, not only our own but others' too. Medicine can help with controlling our emotions, but they can't help us recognize them. I take an anti depressant but I still have to constantly ask people if they are kidding ( … Continue reading My emotional compass

22 hours without a respirator

According to a post on Facebook from a friend of mine six years ago today I was able to hang on for six hours without a respirator while I was in the hospital, still in coma. That small piece of news brought so much hope to so many people around me and I think, even … Continue reading 22 hours without a respirator

Get support and give support

I think one of the many things that can help you heal from whatever situation you're going through is charing your experience and talking to other people. You never know how many others are out there going through the same thing and are ready to share their experience with you and help. I was reminded … Continue reading Get support and give support

TBI Dementia Risk

Following a brain injury, many of the worries usually include what will happen tomorrow. Going into my sixth year after the TBI, more long term worries have begun to arise, such as driving, which I have written many posts about (today I drove home from the mall), jobs, living alone, etc. Most of these worries … Continue reading TBI Dementia Risk

Three years!!!!!!!!!!

Three years seizure free!!! This third year is just a little bit sweeter than last year was just because there were a few moment which I thought  would ruin it. Throughout both hurricanes and afterwards I was so terrified and nervous of having another seizure because I was worried about so many things. I was … Continue reading Three years!!!!!!!!!!

Emotions after a TBI

Surviving a TBI means a lot of different things and it brings a lot of changes to our lives. It not only changes our lives and what we are capable of doing but messes with our feelings, the way we see things and react to things. I snapped at my family and friends for very … Continue reading Emotions after a TBI

Brain Injury Signs

Every brain injury is different, all brain injury survivors suffer and heal differently. Someone may have more cognitive problems than others or more problems sleeping. This is very interesting because I was that I have a lot of cognitive problems, some that I didn't really recognize until I saw them on the image. I have … Continue reading Brain Injury Signs