You and I have at least three traits in common. 1. We have been gifted with the most incredible computing device in the world: a brain. 2. We want our brain to operate at peak performance. 3. We want our brain to learn new things, grow, and set new levels of peak performance.
I accept that I am limited in some capacities, due to cancer and its treatment, but I also know I have a continuing ability to learn. Some things I will learn and remember, while other things I will learn and forget. There is also the possibility that I cannot find the time to learn some of the things I want to, or need to learn. I know I can count on my brain to form new circuits that compensate for some of the losses I experienced after brain surgery, chemo, and radiation treatments.
My experience with recovery from brain injury leads me to urge you to take daily practical steps to improve your own brain functioning. My recovery consisted of the following 10 steps. If you implement the steps properly, perhaps the steps will facilitate your recovery and help you enjoy life after brain injury:
1. Ask for help
2. Plan your recovery
3. Eat well
4. Exercise your mind and body
5. Take the right medicine, multivitamins, and supplements
7. Try new activities
8. Learn from every experience and encounter
9. Measure your progress
10. Repeat the process
You may not see me competing in the Olympics, balancing on a high wire, or developing a cure for hunger, disease, or poverty, but I am making a difference by volunteering, speaking, and writing. I enjoy life after brain injury and I believe that you can too.
What action has helped you make the most significant recovery? Would my list of 10 actions be different for survivors, their family members, or their caregivers?
Thanks to Frank Pray for guiding me during the creation of this post.