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A change?

This is a bit selfish of a departure from my usual posts, but I feel like I need to write something. I have been hesitant to write posts like this in the past, but it’s something that I hope will make me feel better. There is no need for any of my friends to be […]

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Chatting with Sally Francklyn

Once I read this article and watched the video, I had to contact Sally. Her brain injury and its symptoms seemed to be very similar to mine. To start, we were both 23 when we had our accidents and I know first-hand about how it feels for someone that age, used to living away from home, […]

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Goals and focus

I will start this post with a nod to Movember and its goals. You can donate to my Movember moustache here and help support research and promote awareness of important men’s health issues, like prostate cancer and mental illness.   I’ve had a beard since last Movember, but it took me a while to grow it […]

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Feeling good

I expected to feel kind of down around now, but oddly and fortunately enough, I’ve been in a good mood  for a while, even though, ostensibly, nothing has really changed. My good spirits are based on possibilities. Usually, when those possibilities fall apart, is when I start feeling a bit down. I’m more hopeful this […]

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The Crash Reel

I cannot urge you enough to watch this movie/documentary. The Crash Reel is about Kevin Pearce,  an aspiring U.S. Olympic snowboarder who crashed while training, 49 days before the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The film wasn’t available in Canada until very recently and I watched it for the first time last night. I’m so glad I […]

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Change is good

I got this title from a song by a great local band: The Pathological Lovers I will be going to Toronto soon to do two parts of a five part Pilates teacher training course. At the first course, I will learn how movement is produced at major joints, how to accurately recruit muscle, and about […]

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Change is good part deux

I’ve completed the first part of the Pilates teacher training. It was anatomy focused, so you knew what moves where, why it moves and how it (whether muscle or bone) helps to move or stabilize another area. It was really interesting and we did some exercises to demonstrate to ourselves what the muscles did and […]

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Just keep at it

Eleven years ago my balance and mobility were better than good. My health was better than good. Ten years and seven months ago, I was a long way away from feeling anything remotely close to good about my balance and my mobility, or about my health at all. That was a drastic turn, and it […]

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Recovery is in the Eye of the Beholder

In recent years, my “recovery” (more on why that word is in quotes later) seems to have gained steam and I’ve noticed more improvement, even though the accident that caused my brain injury occurred over ten years ago. I’m sure there are many physiological and neurological reasons why improvements would take this long, then again, […]

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So, now what?

This is less a post and than it is a request. When I write it’s about some thought I have that is related to my brain injury, or at least relatable to a brain injury. What I’m asking now is if people can send me questions they have about brain injury and recovery. I am […]

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