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About brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who had falls and car accidents and sports-related injuries in 1972, 1973, 1982-83, 1995, and most lately 2004. 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 for 35 of my 43 years. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained that injury at age 8… 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.

Gearing up for the new neuropsych – and beyond

This coming Friday, I have an in-person meeting with the new neuropsych my own NP has recommended. I did some research on them online, and they look like a very interesting and sympathetic person who genuinely cares about their patients/clients. … Continue reading

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Welcome back, simple life

So, I had my excitement on Twitter for a few months. And now I’ve had enough of the shouting. So, I’ve turned off “publicize” on this blog, which tweets notifications about my posts automatically. I’ll leave it up to the … Continue reading

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Good, better… even better

How amazing is this – I have a four-day weekend. And this is following a week when I worked the first two days at home. That made all the difference. Not having to commute, not having to deal with the … Continue reading

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What’s in a word? Finding out how we talk about #TBI and #concussion

I’ve been doing a lot of reading, lately, about the “Miserable Minority” – the roughly 10-15% of the concussed population who do not recover fully within 3 months of their injury. I managed to get hold of a copy of … Continue reading

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Letting the losses be losses

I woke up 3 hours too early this morning. And I couldn’t get back to sleep. My head got racing with the problems that the sleep-deprived part of me thinks it can handle better when my system is stressed. Ha. … Continue reading

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The roots of our fascism

This is a tricky time of year / life for me, what with the political stuff going on. I have to watch my energy to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed and bent out of shape. When that happens, I … Continue reading

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After #concussion and #TBI – WHY must so many suffer?

There’s a reason I used a picture of Neuschwanstein on my post yesterday about “Castle Munchausen”. First, the medicine and science around brain injuries is like a massive fortress built by the modern version of royalty — a select group … Continue reading

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#PCS after #concussion? #TBI? Welcome to the #MiserableMinority

I’ve had better days. I worked from home, yesterday, due to a combination of bad weather and having no compelling reason to drag myself to the office. I had hoped to get into the office today, but after a couple … Continue reading

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Lasting #concussion symptoms? #PCS? Welcome to Castle Munchausen

Munchausen syndrome is a psychiatric factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention, sympathy, or reassurance to themselves. It is also known as hospital addiction syndrome, thick chart syndrome, or hospital hopper syndrome. Lately, … Continue reading

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What’s a neuropsychologist good for after #TBI?

An interesting thing happened on Twitter last night. I was checking tweets to take my mind off the back and leg pain I’ve been having, when I came across a mention  from @AllConcussion about how neuropsychologists have a  not-so-stellar history … Continue reading

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