Once and future rockstar

Recovery is possible. The irony is, while so many people told me to “expect less” after my TBI in 2004, when I really buckled down and did the work of recovering, I eventually realized I could actually expect *more* from my life, TBI/concussion or no.

Peak Performance Concussion Recovery

audience at rock concertOnce upon a time I was a rockstar. Rock. Star. I was a self-made, self taught genius programmer who helped build one of the world’s leading financial services websites from the ground up. I saw the opportunity in webwork in 1996, when I noticed the first URL advertised during the Super Bowl, and I realized – if people are paying big money to advertise their website, somebody is going to have to maintain all those websites. Building a site is one thing, maintaining is another, and I knew from personal experience just how complex and time-consuming doing that maintenance can be.

So, I jumped on the opportunity, taught myself to code before there were any classes or certificates in coding, got myself a job building out a “proof of economic concept” website for one of the financial leaders on the planet, and I gradually worked my way up to being…

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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.

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