I have been dealing with the quarantine pretty well. I don’t really mind, as I’ve said before. I have been exercising, working a little bit, cooking and I’ve done all of this without being rushed. But I started to feel a little anxiety last week when I noticed I was falling asleep later every night. … Continue reading Quarantine sleep anxiety
We are just ending our second week of isolation in Puerto Rico on Monday and were told last night by the governor that we will be in isolation for two more weeks, until April 12. She also announced that the rules will be more strict during these next two weeks with the curfew starting earlier, … Continue reading Brain Injury and social distancing
For some unknown reason my back started hurting last Sunday. I thought it was odd since I didn't remember hurting it but I thought it would be gone in a few days. More than a week later, the pain doesn't seem to be going anywhere and I still don't know why it started. It's not … Continue reading Where did my back go?
It's Christmas! It's finally here, the happiest tone of the year! There's lights, music, parties, family, friends, and food, a lot of food. But there is also pressure to be at all the parties, to host some of them, to make or bring food, to give presents, to talk to everyone at the party and … Continue reading How to survive and enjoy the holiday season
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
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
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
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…
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
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
This morning I woke up earlier than usual, even though I had a long day at work because today I had an appointment with my neurologist. It was just a routine checkup, to let him know how everything is going and of course I was very proud to tell him that, if everything keeps going … Continue reading Almost there!
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
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”
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?
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