“I’ve already been to hell!”

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/

and

https://www.facebook.com/livingwithheadinjury/

Tests revealed something was wrong. Scary words filled a report with my name on it: Memory, low average. Executive functioning, low average. Verbal fluency, reduced ability. Impairment. Below expectation. Below average.

They were all ways of saying I was brain damaged.

At work, I got taken off the air. The thing I was great at was gone.

“Kim’s work is characterised by misuse of vocabulary, unclear grammar, difficulties with logic and structure, lack of sentence cohesion,” is something mentioned in a later report.

report and picture (below) from https://www.facebook.com/livingwithheadinjury/

https://www.facebook.com/journowriter/

and

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dear-israel-folau-ve-already-been-hell

 

I spent my late 20s and early 30s learning how to talk and write again. It spanned years.

I had tests using what looked like children’s picture books, and failed.

One of the puzzles Kim Baker Wilson was given while re-learning to speak and write.

I had to learn to say 10 vegetables, or 10 things starting with ‘s’, and failed.

I had to say what the similarities and differences are between a dishwasher and an oven, a glove and a sock, or a mirror and a window.

My injury is well-known in media circles. But it’s not something I’ve talked about publicly.

I’m talking about it because while a lot has been written about freedom of speech and about sport and role models, there’s still a lot that needs to be said.

I’ve been told I can never ski, snowboard, and it’d be best not to cycle.

Years later I’ve been caught out not knowing or being able to place someone if they’ve come up to me on the street, when I actually know them very well.

And if I’m tired and run down, I’ll sometimes mispronounce a simple word. I used to say the wrong word altogether, and say something about champagne instead of shampoo.

 

https://www.facebook.com/journowriter/

https://www.facebook.com/livingwithheadinjury/

and

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dear-israel-folau-ve-already-been-hell

 

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

 

HELPING PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS OF WHAT IS OFTEN TERMED “THE SILENT EPIDEMIC” (AND/OR “THE HIDDEN HANDICAP”)

“Simply informing, encouraging and helping bring positive change in the lives of those affected by brain injury”

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PPS
“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do…best.”

“INFORM, EDUCATE, INSPIRE”

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SHARE, INFORM, IMPACT, UPLIFT, IGNITE, ENCOURAGE and (perhaps even) INSPIRE

“There us NO SUCH THING as a person who had a 100% recovery from a serious head (brain) injury. The brain was damaged and like all organ systems there is residual impairment.”

Featured picture: Groote Schuur Hospital on the lower slopes of Devils Peak, Cape Town, where I received excellent care from the wonderful doctors and nurses in Ward J7 so many years ago.

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“I have no recollection of the day (17th April 1965) that changed my life fifty years ago!…”

The first line

 

from my brand new book “Smashed/Crashed up”: Learning by Accident started a few minutes ago…

 

or perhaps I should rename to Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together??

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by “Frank Spencer” (author)???

Frank

picture from

https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

“There us NO SUCH THING as a person who had a 100% recovery from a serious head (brain) injury. The brain was damaged and like all organ systems there is 

residual impairment.”

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

“You’re not disabled (limited) by your disabilities, you are able (enabled) by your abilities.”

from

Some interesting links, which may be helpful to you in the “struggles” of life…

“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
A writer’s dreams
“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”

picture from

and

Crashed/Smashed Up: Learning by Accident

Just got this title for a brand new book… “out of the blue”.

Better start writing,  then, eh, craig!

Get crack’n/weav’n, then craig, as my dear mom often used to say to me…

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
PPS
The title for a subsequent book
Putting the Puzzle Together??
 see
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PPS

Best wishes from the First City to see the light each new day

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Michael Schumacher’s traumatic brain injury explained

Michael Schumacher’s traumatic brain injury explained

Also see

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/michael-schumacher-still-fighting-two-years-after-catastrophic-brain-injury-1526692

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picture from

https://journalistandwriter.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/michael-schumacher-manager-hopes-driver-will-one-day-be-back-with-us/

and

https://raceinthezone.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/that-pleasure-i/

“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

PPS

Keep fighting, Michael

Our thoughts and prayers are still with you

 

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5 Things Every TBI Survivor Wants You to Understand

Sharing some Information and Thoughts on Head and Brain Injury

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-zellmer/5-things-every-tbi-survivor-wants-you-to-understand_b_6800984.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-zellmer/5-things-every-tbi-survivor-wants-you-to-understand_b_6800984.html

and

http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Informing, educating, encouraging,, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
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dawn best
Picture above (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!
web sites:

http://www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

http://www.climbingmountainsandchasingdreams.wordpress.com

and www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

Shared by “the world’s absolutely worst photographer “

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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Visit http://www.braininjury101.org/ and http://www.shepherdtv.org

to view the entire video series.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

 

“Informing, educating, encouraging,, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
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Picture (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!
web sites:

http://www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

http://www.climbingmountainsandchasingdreams.wordpress.com

and www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

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“But You Look Good”: Hidden Disability after Brain Injury

But You Look Good: Hidden Disability after Brain Injury

TBI is extremely prevalent today and is also often known as “the hidden handicap” or “the silent epidemic”

My various articles in this field at

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/

may also be of interest

There’s also a good article by medical professionals (Warwick Medical School) at

Click to access 78.pdf

and some interesting articles (and helpful information) especially for parents of child patients  by Dr Carol Hawley at

https://www.google.co.nz/#q=warwick+medical+school+%2B+traumatic+brain+injury

 

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

PPS

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do…best!”

“I refuse (absolutely) to be limited and defined by what I can’t do, but what I can do…my very best.”

– me  as inspired by m after sharing a conversation about her  “Everest” (31st December 2015)

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from

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/what-does-it-feel-like-to-be-brain-damaged-7/

“You’re not disabled (limited) by your disabilities, you are able (enabled) by your abilities.”

from

My Experience Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury

(not my video)

“An individual of forceful personality , with a high tolerance of frustration, showing drive, determination and great resilience, will win through in the end more successfully than someone of less robust temperament.”

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“An individual of forceful personality , with a high tolerance of frustration, showing drive, determination and great resilience, will win through in the end more successfully than someone of less robust temperament.”

 

– Dr Frederick F Linge (writing in 1987 or thereabouts)

 

* Also add motivation (high), perseverance (huge) and patience * (great)

– me

 

* thanks for the “p’s”, m

from

https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/an-individual-of-forceful-personality-with-a-high-tolerance-of-frustration-showing-drive-determination-and-great-resilience-will-win-through-in-the-end-more-successfully-than-someone-of-less-ro/

https://traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/the-hidden-handicap-the-silent-epidemic-2/

and

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/frederick-r-linge/

PS

You may also like these articles at

https://traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/the-hidden-handicap-the-silent-epidemic-2/

and

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/cognitive-problems-after-traumatic-brain-injury/#comment-10900

 

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach (fulfil) their fullest potentials.”
PPS
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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“A writer’s dreams
Picture (great) by my friend, Jenny, whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!

 

Brainline.org

A great resource with excellent articles

http://www.brainline.org/landing_pages/TBI.html

and

http://www.brainline.org/index.html

Preventing, treating and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI)

PPS:

“I just wish all this helpful info was available , when we really needed it….in the days before the world wide web.”

from My Story ,  An Open Book (Book 3) , I’ll Do It My Way and Who Wants to be Normal anyway

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All available at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=craig+lock+%2B+head+brain+injury

and

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=craig+lock+%2B+my+story

 

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

 

dawn best

A writer’s dreams

HE WOULD NOT WAKE UP PROPERLY FOR 38 DAYS!

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He would not wake up properly for 38 days… or was it nearly 38 years perhaps

or (if EVER!!)??

https://stirlinganewbook.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/he-would-not-wake-up-properly-for-38-days/

and

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/a-short-extract-from-my-book-stirling-2/

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picture above from

http://www.amazon.com/Driver-Writer-Stirling-Always-Darkest-ebook/dp/B007OOKKCS/

http://www.amazon.com/Driver-Writer-Stirling-Always-Darkest-ebook/dp/B007OOKKCS

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from

http://www.amazon.com/Stirling-Story-Boys-Hope-Dream-ebook/dp/B00H1N6X1Y

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

 

brilliant DAWN and clouds

Picture above (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely  do NOT possess)!
web sites:

http://www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

and www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

Shared by “the world’s absolutely worst photographer”