I got my brain back (the title and reason for this blog's existence). I never lost it, but it changed. A lot.
I've not nurtured this blog as I had intended when I created it almost five years ago. I created this blog because I was angry. Furious about the accusations received from my former employer while I was on medical leave after my brain injury, I responded the only way I knew how at the time - by writing. And by writing about my brain injury experience, I found healing and connection.
For a time, it was therapeutic.
Somewhere along the way, however, I realized my journey was about far more than brain injury. So I let this blog languish. My brain injury journey became a self-care, speaking up, setting boundaries, reclaiming my self esteem, battling with depression, and reinvention journey. During this time, I've also helplessly watched my own father's brain deteriorate through a rare form of dementia. This added to my obsession with brain health for not just aging baby boomers, but for all. It also provided me with wonderful bittersweet stories for my keynotes. Brains and brain health are still my passion. If you had asked me five years ago what I'd be doing for work, professionally speaking about brains would have never even entered my...brain.
But, here I am. Life is funny.
I believe stories have a short shelf life, but they can be powerful catalysts. My brain injury story is not as dramatic as many of the stories I've been fortunate to hear in my travels. It is not my identity. It is merely a platform for growth. It is about exploration of neuroplasticity, creativity, humor and helping others get "smarter" around these topics. Without a brain injury.
People seem hungry for this. So, the I Want My Brain Back blog is going to deliver.
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