Manuscript for Concussion Is Brain Injury II Submitted to Editor

I made my deadline! I submitted my manuscript for Concussion Is Brain Injury update to my editor. She’s now doing a developmental/structural edit — looking at the big picture, content, storytelling. Grammar and spelling edits come in the final copyediting round in June/July. The last week to meet my deadline was deadly. I’ve not worked […]

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TTC CEO Byford: No Stop Request Buttons for Seniors or Disabled on Bombardier Streetcars

I’m recovering from eye surgery while still in my decades-long brain injury recovery. I have a CNIB orientation mobility trainer teaching me how to navigate the streets and TTC with my new vision. It’s harder than you’d think. The TTC is making it traumatic. I don’t exaggerate. Independence is fundamental to a purposeful existence, necessary […]

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CCAC Support for Finishing Concussion Is Brain Injury Update

I met last month with the CCAC Clinical Director (I think that’s his title) and my new CCAC care co-ordinator, the one for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) for the entire huge city of Toronto. I’m gonna get help! After my eye surgery, all my plans for updating my book Concussion Is Brain Injury flew out […]

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Returning to the Subway after Eye Surgery

After an extended Christmas-and-Cogmed break, I’m back to orientation mobility training with my CNIB guy and weekly practice stints with my Vision Mate. My eye surgeon saw me for the last time last week and explained I had to keep exercising my peripheral vision (seeing everything all at once) and eye tracking (moving eyes from […]

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Cogmed Rehab of Brain Injury Working Memory Over!

Cogmed is over. I’m both really glad and kind of sad, for it’s been five weeks of something different that also makes me feel like I’m regenerating my brain in real time, not the usual let’s wait a couple or more months or years (or decades with traditional rest and strategies) and see if this […]

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Seventeen Years with a Brain Injury

A Twitter of a crash anniversary blog post this year. Mocha in one hand, croissant flaking all over me, and iPhone in the other, for over an hour, I tweeted: 17 years. Creeping up to 20. Hard to believe this time 17 years ago, I had less than 3 hours to live without a #braininjury […]

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Return to Reading the Novel

Reading. A. Novel. Except for the graphic wordless novel I read last Spring, I haven’t read a novel in 3 years. Yeah, that’s a shitload of time taken from me by changed and unknown identity; grief; loss; lack of consistent, continual professional help devoted to my reading; and lack of social support to encourage me […]

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Happy Gamma Fights Brain Injury and PTSD

The substitute brain trainer I had last week meant I could persuade her to do extra gamma brainwave training. My next appointment wasn’t for a month, and I was looking for the de-stressing effect of gamma brainwaves. I had no idea the surprise gamma would give me! First surprise came right after: the stairs at […]

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Walking Progress Update 5 Months Post-Eye Surgery in a Life with Brain Injury

Almost three weeks ago, we came to the next phase in my return to independence: riding the bus alone. Eep! “A round trip,” my CNIB orientation and mobility trainer replied, “you don’t have to get off — all you have to do is sit and not throw up!” Um, OK. My CNIB (Canadian National Institute […]

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