Monthly Archives: February 2009

Mind-brain-body-stress connections

I’ve been reading Robert Scaer’s book The Body Bears the Burden, about how the brain and the body interact in times of stress and trauma. It is absolutely fascinating reading, and I’m surprised it’s not a best-seller. It really clears … Continue reading

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Head injuries make a big difference

I’ve been looking around a lot, lately, at all sorts of different materials — in books as well as online — about how the brain and the body interact with each other. The gray mass inside our heads is getting … Continue reading

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The best cure for self-pity

Just when I’m starting to really succumb to the poor-me’s, I get an excellent reminder of what I really have going for me. It’s true, being a multiple MTBI survivor hasn’t made my life any easier, and I do have … Continue reading

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Add Your Name to the Open Letter to the President

I just found this over at the Sgt. Sam Nichols TBI recovery blog: Over the past year and a half, my daughter Erin has spent 8 to 14 hours a day in various military hospitals at the bedside of her … Continue reading

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I may need to find another job…

This is really bumming me out. It just sucks. In another few weeks, I may be looking for another job, uprooting myself from the place I’ve been at for the past eight months, and transitioning into another company, position, and … Continue reading

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Growing up with TBI – The Confabulation Kid

Looking back on my life and comparing notes with others, I realize more and more how much my experience has been impacted by the TBI’s I experienced. I was a pretty wild child — hard to handle and harder to … Continue reading

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One Potato, Two Potato… A Tale of a Temper Flare

It was such a small thing. It was no big deal. So, I dropped the potato on the floor. So it slipped out of my hand and got away from me. I didn’t really need to flip out and slam … Continue reading

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Snap! Anatomy of a TBI temper flare

If you’re a TBI survivor, you may be very familiar with the flares of temper that can sneak up on us unawares. It is very disconcerting, if you’re a pretty even-keel sort of person, or if you really don’t want … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the importance of a gender-free TBI blog

I’ve had different people who read this blog take guesses at whether I’m male or female. Some folks deduce that I’m male, perhaps because of the types of injuries I talk about — sports concussions sustained during soccer and football … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the importance of a gender-free TBI blog

I’ve had different people who read this blog take guesses at whether I’m male or female. Some folks deduce that I’m male, perhaps because of the types of injuries I talk about — sports concussions sustained during soccer and football … Continue reading

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