A new focus for this blog

I’ve been keeping this blog for about a year and a half, posting pretty frequently, and getting a lot of visitors — over 35,000 readers, total.

Lately, I’ve been dealing with some sticky medical issues that have baffled and confounded me for years, and that I haven’t yet been able to solve, medically. I had a pretty amazing turn of events yesterday, when someone finally said, “It doesn’t sound like _________. That just isn’t consistent with what I’ve seen.  It sounds a lot more like ____________.”

In the space of an hour, I went from possibly having a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that people had been thinking I had, to probably having a less serious and not-life-threatening condition that people had wondered about, but nobody had followed-up on. This, at last, because a highly qualified, personally invested professional actually took the time to talk to me and listen to me for more than 20 minutes… and had taken the time to actually get to know me and my life history (not just my medical records), and used their head, rather than some generic algorithm that is designed for multiple scenarios.

The process has actually been longer than the hour we spent yesterday. We’ve actually been in contact for about a year. And that’s how long it took for me to develop a relationship with a care provider and health advisor who could actually help me.

This is good. It took forever, but it’s worth the wait.

Now I can get on with learning about this other thing I’ve got going on with me.

That being said, I’m going to be shifting the focus of this blog away from myself. A lot of people have visited and read and commented, and I appreciate the feedback. But life is waiting for me to live it, and I just don’t have the time, anymore, to keep up with posting here. I haven’t been all that keen about the quality of my posts, anyway…

The thing about social media is that you have to be consistently social, and if you’re not, you might as well not even bother. So I’m saving us all the trouble of humoring my inconsistencies, and I’m stepping way.

Who knows what the future will bring for this blog? I have learned a lot, but it’s time to shift my focus towards other things. Like living my life. And doing more writing that’s got more depth and substance to it. It could be that I come back, now and then. But then again, I may not.

Only time will tell…

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

2 thoughts on “A new focus for this blog”

  1. BB,

    Sorry to hear you won’t be posting anymore – your posts very much helped me to (begin to) understand my own problem. Sorry, I haven’t been commenting lately – been distracted etc.

    We have an amazing amount in common – multiple injuries over a long period, background in broadcasting (The Canadian industry tanked a few years ago and I fell back into my old default, construction), and now I’m following you into coding. Sometimes, I was amazed at how closely the posts fit my own life, almost as if I could have written them myself, with a little better self-understanding.

    But a blog is time-consuming and yet one more way to work for free which our society seems to be providing more and more.

    One thing: you seem to have deleted many posts, which is a shame, as I was looking for some information from one of your previous posts. I hope this isn’t permanent as they were a great source of reference, both in the posts and the comments. I was looking for a comment m made about people who’d suffered multiple, often undiagnosed injuries, which fit my own condition perfectly. Other posts you had made were very helpful and good to go back and read – it helps a great deal to have one’s experience reflected back, as I”m sure you know.

    I just downloaded ‘Give Back Orlando’ and started leafing through it so hopefully it will help.

    Anyway, all the best in whatever you’re doing next. I hope you’ll post here from time to time – I think posting infrequently has value as well. Frankly, who can keep up with posting every day?

    Best,

    Cos (Tim)

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  2. Hey Cos –

    I actually haven’t decided yet whether or not to stop posting. I’m just really reconsidering my blogging and where I want to go with it. I’m considering widening my work beyond the TBI realm.

    I also have not deleted my posts. I am just changing them to be password-protected. If you’d like a password, just shoot me a message, and I’ll be in touch.

    Thanks for your support!

    BB

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