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
As I said this morning, my appointment with my neurologist was this afternoon. After sitting in the crowded waiting room, and waiting, quickly writing and posting another blog post, and waiting a little bit more, they called my name to go see him. When my doctor came in, after saying all the hellos, I quickly … Continue reading And my neurologist said…
Today I have an appointment with my neurologist, and I've been thinking all day how happy he's gonna be when I tell him that next week I'll be 12 months seizure free. Of course, by all day I mean since I woke up less than an hour ago. I know that after he asks how … Continue reading Big news for my neurologist
I knew this day was coming, but I’ve had other things on my mind lately and I almost missed it, but it’s a big deal, at least to me. Today I celebrate the one-year anniversary of Unstoppable Maria. It has been a year of testing myself, to see if I can keep it up, and … Continue reading Happy 1st birthday Unstoppable Maria
Now I understand better what happened. I know I hit my head, but I didn't really understand what happened and why it was called a Traumatic Brain Injury. I thought it meant that it was so scary that I would be, or should be traumatized. But apart from being extra careful when crossing the street, … Continue reading A better understanding of TBI
"Traumatic Brain Injury later in life increases Parkinson's risk". After reading this title for an article, I immediately thought a Parkinson's disease was one of the effects of a TBI, and I was going to go yell at somebody for never telling me that. That scared me, even though I didn't have the TBI later … Continue reading Parkinson’s and TBI
You have been seizure free for eleven months. You feel like you will never have another seizure. But then you get dizzy. You get up, and you feel something in your head, like a little headache. But you just had lunch so you’re not hungry. You just had diet coke so you should be awake. … Continue reading Be proud of yourself and take it easy
As promised last month, here is my poster for 11 months seizure free. As I say every month, I can't believe I've made it this long seizure free. Reaching a year will make me feel more accomplished than anything else I've done this past year. Just 1 more month!!!!!
Today, March 8 is International Women's day. I read that today is a celebration of women's achievements. While I would have celebrated all my achievements anyway if it was any other day, it is great that it turned out to be International Women's Day. It seems very appropriate that these two great achievements would both … Continue reading Working, seizure free woman
Experts: Music Therapy Has Dramatic Effect On Brain Injury Patients As I've mentioned before, I received music therapy in the rehab center I attended here in Puerto Rico, and I can say that what this article says is true. This not only helped me, but other patients who suffered strokes, and Parkinson's, as well as other … Continue reading Sing and dance in therapy
Today has been a great day. I had another job interview, which had now started to make me nervous as they hadn't gone very well in the past. I felt they went well, but I never got called back, and I was afraid the same thing would happen today, but it didn't. At todays interview … Continue reading I got a job!!!!!
During my recovery, and after, I heard the word aphasia used by doctors and my family, a lot. I never knew what they meant by this, just that it was something caused by the accident. I now know that this is damage to the brain causing language to be impaired. This is why I was slower … Continue reading My aphasia