I wrote and posted this article on Concussion Talk’s Patreon page last Friday, and here it is again. I think I made a mistake by pairing my conference post with a post about my attitude. However, I’m happy with what I wrote and I like the way I was able to frame the explanation of my thoughts. I hope it resonates with others who are having a difficult time understanding themselves after brain injury/concussion.
Many thanks to HeadCheck Health who allowed me to share their booth at #SPC2019 in Vancouver, B.C. on October 4th and 5th! Also, thank you very much Sport Physiotherapy Canada for hosting! I met a lot of people at that fantastic event, and many interested physiotherapists from around the world. Hopefully some future podcast guests!
I am very interested in talking to many different people on Concussion Talk Podcast, and I have an affinity for physiotherapists, as they have played such an important, essential part in my experience since my traumatic brain injury.
I hesitate to call my experience ‘recovery’, even though that’s the common expression that I have normally used. A brain injury as severe and life-altering as the one I experienced in 2003, is something that I experienced, something that is part of my life, not a temporary detour off a set route, but a continuation of the only road there is. It’s not the meaning of the term ‘recovery’ that I avoid necessarily, it’s the prefix ‘re’ to which I have developed an aversion. There is no regaining, or making up for lost time. There is no lost time. It’s time on the only path there is. Of course things could be different! Of course! Not better, but different. The science and technology in the areas of medicine, physical therapy, and neuroscience are advancing so rapidly and with such rigor that brain injuries the likes of mine will someday be and more quickly and thoroughly managed. But we’re not there yet. Patients, researchers, and doctors will work hard and improvements will be made. Improvements will build on improvements. These improvements will spark new questions that we can’t fathom now. Progress is being made. Progress will continue to be made.
Conferences such as SPC2019 and books like ‘Enlightenment Now’ by Steven Pinker give hope for the future; the future of health, brain injury, physical therapy, and more.
Thank you again to the hosts, and all of the exhibitors! I hope to see you again at future conferences and I hope you get a chance to check out my website, podcast, and social media!