When I first started this blog several months ago, I planned to write primarily on three topics:  life with ferrets, running, and spiritual exploration.  On April 25, 2011, my life changed.  I was involved in a roll over motor vehicle accident.    I came away with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); also referred to as “concussion.”   The road of recovery from a head injury is unlike any other experience in my life.   I invite you to read about my experience.  Each head injury is different and recovery will vary between survivors.   If you like ferrets, running, or spirituality- no fear.  They will appear often in the blog.

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  1. thank you for commenting on my blog and wishing me well for my upcoming surgery.

    I’m so sorry you are having to go through this change in your life. I know this is not what you expected for your life right now. (I say a lot…this is not the life I expected, so I’ll have to change my expectations!) sometimes I have to change them a lot..but I feel better now than I did a year ago…mentally that is.

    Accepting my illness, and realizing that doesn’t mean I have to give up…changed my life.

    I’ll be following your recovery.

    (I saw you mention meditation….it made me think of a book I’m reading that is helping me so much. How to Be Sick by Toni Bernhard. You may like it. She has a blog on Psychology Today called Turning Straw into Gold….she has the same type of thinking on there…the Buddhist way of handling illness.)

    good luck
    and thank you so much again!


  2. HI there Lydia. Thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂 It is very nice to meet you fellow TBI’er. I have found starting my blog to be one of the best ways to express myself & meet like minded people 🙂 I had my accident 2.5 years ago on 4th March, so I am a little ahead of you! 🙂 You are correct when you say progress is slow going. I am still finding my way around my new life, some days I feel like I have gone backwards & then others I feel on cloud 9. If I may, I shall continue on my journey around your blog. Many best wishes to you 🙂


  3. Hey Lydia,
    I found you through a comment you left on my blog.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. I’m also in recovery from a head injury, although very different. I made a suicide attempt last year & ended up in a very deep coma. As I collapsed from my attempt, I hit the back of my head on the mental of a bed. I stopped breathing & woke up some time later in ICU.

    I’ve found it’s so hard sometimes to control my temper, where it used to be not an issue at all. I have to wear glasses & my once photographic memory is poorer than it was. But I am very lucky – & in recovery from the depression which lead me to such a place.

    Looking forward to reading about your recovery xx


  4. Hello! I came to your blog via http://abumptothehead.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/beauty-comes-in-many-forms/#comment-196

    I am very happy to find other TBIers blogging now. When I first started mine four years ago there weren’t very many of us around. It’s neat for me to read others’ experiences and give the same support to others as I received.

    I am sorry you join the ranks of TBIers, but fortunately for us all, we don’t walk this path alone. Those further along the path shine light for those just joining. It really is something beautiful out of a tragedy and sure helps give me a sense of purpose as well as joy.

    I subscribed to your blog so am looking forward to learning more about you.

    Wishing you all the best today & always.

    Blessings, Love & Peace,


  5. I like your blog very much! I spent the last half hour reading some posts and enjoying your eclectic topics. You sound like a real fighter and I commend you for your strength. I do not run but many family member’s do so I understand the weight you put on how you are doing based on your run.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and making the suggestion I do something cardio. You are so right…I need to jump start my energy level!


    • Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I try to keep the blog upbeat and encouraging to anyone who stops by. But, it’s also realistic. When I’m having a bad time, I talk about it, too.

      It is eclectic. I find writing about life to be more encouraging than focusing on problems.

      Have fun with the cardio. Choose something you like. =)


  6. I stopped by your blog, I also have TBI and I am living in Denmark. Great blog, honest but hopeful posts! If you would like to check out my personal TBI blog its called shakennotdisturbed.com – I am on year 6 with a concussion, so I thought why not just start to write about it and live with it 🙂 I have translated most of my posts to a short English version. Feel better!


  7. Thanks for stopping in, Lydia. You’re much further down the road than I am. I’ve got a lot to learn. I like Riley. it would be awesome to have a big guy like that around but I’m fortunate enough to not need one at this time. I am glad that I have our little unintentional therapy dog. He’s about the size of Riley’s head. 😉


  8. Fellow TBI survivor here. It’s a drag. And a long, bumpy road to recovery. There’s a piece of my brain that will not come back, and when I learned that, I totally fell apart, because it’s a piece that’s essential for my work. Well, no sense crying over spilt milk…ummm, no. Plenty of tears. All the time.

    Sending you blessings for peace and clarity….


  9. I love how you are writing about your journey, it is amazing how a lot of us just hide that away. I must say, the one thing that caught my eye was the Spirituality, in which I practice in, which is probably why we both commented on my blog :p I hope to learn a lot from you and visa versa. I’m here if ya need a shoulder or ear


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