As I celebrate my third anniversary of sustaining multiple TBIs, I learned the biggest lesson for any TBI survivor. I learned to accept that recovery is a delicate balance between achieving enough acceptance to have a modicum of peace yet maintaining a quiet rebellion which keeps one reaching for more.
I have reached a place of acceptance and adjustment with the post TBI me, but I have not reached a homeostasis nor defeat.
The brain has an amazing ability to build new pathways, reconnect old ones, and recruit areas of the brain to take over the functions of damaged areas. So the good news is that I keep getting better. The bad news is, it often seems maddeningly slow.
The brain grows quickly but it seems slow because there is a lot more to grow when developing neural pathways. It is very different from simply healing a broken bone.
My recovery is a delicate balance of pushing myself to achieve more and being compassionate and gentle with myself around the slow process of brain recovery.
I have an abundance of patience. I am getting better daily whether I see it or not. I am now tackling a few new bucket list items. Learning how to read music as well as to play a musical instrument is accelerating the growth of new neural pathways. Neuroplasticity is my best friend. It fuels the quiet rebellion within me that keeps me thriving for more!
Nov 25, 2016
This is a month to be thankful and I wanted to thank all of you! Everyone who donates, supports, reads my posts, or encourages me to do better and continue to fight my battle. Thank you all for being my ANGELS!! I would not be able to continue my neuro-rehabilitation, that is not covered by insurance, without every single one of you. Words cannot express how truly thankful I am - but I hope you know sincerely how much your kindness means to me! I am forever grateful for your love and support.
Oct 12, 2016
I am living proof that our brains are not the static organs we once thought they were. Brains are actually dynamic and have the incredible potential for growing, rewiring, and healing. Bah-ha to...
Oct 03, 2016
Every day, I suit up and show up for my new Laura 2.0 life. I don’t always want to. But I do. It takes 10 times more energy to do 1/10th of the work. It takes outrageous courage to get up every...
Mar 05, 2016
Winter weather takes a toll on me. The cold weather triggers more dysfunctionalities and slows my progress. I remain hopeful since SPRING is around the corner and rehabilitation doors continue to...
Dec 31, 2015
Looking back over the past year I'm so amazed by the progress I've made and continue to make every day. I still have a long way to go in my recovery process, and sometimes it's easy to get...