In my first post, I pointed out that every 13 seconds there is a brain injury in the world. I went a step further and explained the difference between a head injury and the various forms of brain injury. Having sustained multiple brain injuries, and being the caregiver to family members who sustained brain injuries, as well as my professional background as a Neuropsychologist, Board Certified Health Psychologist and Board Certified Sports Psychologist, I am motivated to help as many people as possible regain their lives as I have. In this and future blog posts, I will be answering all your questions in regards to brain injuries and brain disorders, as well as overall brain health.
Though my story is not unique, what is unique is the fact that I have been able to resume the field I love, write three books, one of which is a novel about the inner connectedness of life, and write numerous articles and chapters in several books. Not too bad for someone who was told by every doctor in 1994 that she was permanently brain damaged and would never get better! I was not offered rehabilitation because the doctors in 1994 did not believe that after a period of time, the brain was able to repair itself. Since then, a lot has happened in the world of brain injury, including the knowledge of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to rebuild itself,
My first reaction when I was told of my awful fate was to go home and cry, but instead I was determined to regain my life. I knew in my gut that my brain could rebuild itself. Hence, slowly and surely I discovered methods and ways of getting better.
Some of the methods I discovered during my journey are conventional forms of medicine, while others include complementary and alternative methods. These methods are not limited to just concussion, which is one form of brain injury. Rather, the methods I will be addressing are applicable to any form of brain injury.
In upcoming postings, I will be explaining the various forms of brain injury, such as Stroke, Aneurysm, Concussion, Dsytonia, Myoclonic Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's Disease. The key point to remember here is the similarity of symptoms, regardless of the cause of injury to the brain. The various symptoms will be explained, as well as how specific, current methods can help with each particular symptom.
Throughout this journey, it is important to know that there is help and hope for regaining your life after injury to your brain. In the beginning of Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, I share this message with my readers: “The Human Spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. If there is a will, there is a Way!” My slogan “There is a Way!” captures what I truly believe and want to convey to others.
For more detailed information about my story, you can go to About Dr. Diane. It is an honor and pleasure to share information that can help you regain your life, or your loved one who has sustained a brain injury.