Concussion is Brain Injury

Archived Storify on #HealingTheBrain Conference 24 May 2017

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Storify, bought out by Adobe, shut down operations, flinging my Storify and everyone else’s into the virtual trash bin. Fortunately, the internet has helpful coders who supplement the pathetic FAQ Adobe created, and I’ve recreated the Storify here below as an archive.

Storify Screenshot Healing the Brain Conference 24 May 2017

I attended the Healing The Brain conference on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 as a brain injury survivor and live tweeted it, both to share with the world and my way of taking notes. I came away pumped with a clearer way of seeing the brain and a renewed purpose for revising my book Concussion Is Brain Injury. Doidge spoke eloquently on why neuroplasticity can be harnessed to permanently treat brain injuries and Thompson on one effective way to do so. Brain maps prove people with brain injury/concussion have real problems and are not malingering! Read the tweets for all the deets!

https://twitter.com/ShireenJ/status/867482745102110720

https://twitter.com/ShireenJ/status/867441316992569345

https://twitter.com/ShireenJ/status/867414767882862592

Brain Power

Jan Wong and the Muzzling of Free Speech in Canada

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I caught the end of Jan Wong’s interview on Metro Morning on CBC Radio 1 Monday last week. Matt Galloway asked her why she wrote her book Out of the Blue. She answered with an experience I find so familiar.

People think we have freedom of speech in Canada, but lawyers routinely muzzle Canadians. Privacy legislations are used as a way to prevent people from telling the truth. Confidentiality agreements perpetuate anti-freedom of speech so we are left in ignorance about how things actually work.

I was not allowed to write or speak about my brain injury or my insurance battles. After pleading to keep a blog, I was given permission by my lawyer to do so only if I didn’t write about a whole host of things, including insurance law, health care, brain injury, me.

After all was wrapped up, it took me over a year, and only with the encouragement of a social worker, to write about my brain injury. I felt like a mole coming out into the light, blinking against it, and looking back to see if the darkness was still there, waiting to get me. I have not yet found the courage or figured out how to write about the insurance battles so many of us wage, that wearies thousands of us.

Wong must’ve been like me and managed to keep out the usual confidentiality portion of a settlement or found a way around it. After years of being silenced, she says it’s liberating to write her story. That is a lesson for me.