“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

My other blogs in this area

https://headinjurytbi.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/first-blog-post/

 

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

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

 

 

REPORT on an anonymous patient

https://brainheadinjury.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/report-on-an-anonymous-patient/

 

 

from  Jackie’s blog (an associate and fellow TBI survivor). Hope this piece (with rather personal medical info) from her close friend and a neurologist ) may be of interest and help others suffering from TBI

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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+new+life+craig+lock

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

 

SHARE, INFORM, UPLIFT, IGNITE, ENCOURAGE and (perhaps even) INSPIRE
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“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they (may) lead.”
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“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)???

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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.”

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

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and

Managing Cognitive Effects of TBI

https://www.traumaticbraininjuryatoz.org/The-Caregivers-Journey/Session-Two/Managing-Cognitive-Effects-of-TBI

 

https://www.traumaticbraininjuryatoz.org/Moderate-to-Severe-TBI/Long-Term-Effects-of-Moderate-to-Severe-TBI/Life-Challenges

from

https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

For more videos (excellent) on the extremely complex subject# from https://www.traumaticbraininjuryatoz.org see

https://www.google.co.nz/#q=traumatic+brain+injury+%2B+cognitive+effects&tbm=vid

# Also known as “The Silent Epidemic and/or “The Hidden Handicap”

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

“Informing, educating, encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even)  inspiring”
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“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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A writer’s dreams
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and

My various books on this subject (Head/Brain Injury)

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

Featured picture : “Keep dreaming, sonny boy!”  #

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

 

http://goo.gl/vTpjk (and/or http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock)

 

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE (paperbacks)

 

and http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

 

 

“When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “

 

“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…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

 

 

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!

from

http://www.jennysphotographicjourney.wordpress.com

http://www.onetaleoftwocities.wordpress.com

http://www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

 

http://www.shatteredbrokendreams.wordpress.com

 

http://www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

and

http://www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

# PPS

“All our dreams can come true…if we have the desire (burning), determination, courage, passion, persistence and patience* to pursue them (and it’s often through the very dark places where they may lead)…long enough.”
* the three “pees”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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“When a part of the brain is damaged after a trauma, the (your) brain rewires what it can’t repair…”

When a part of the brain is damaged after a traumathe (your) brain rewires what it can’t repair. 

Just like the rest of the human body, you can get better...

but it will take practice,  patience (‘heaps’) and time in (re)learning and re-programming these new neural pathways.”

 

from

http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com

http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

and as “inspired” from  Stephen’s Story at

http://www.thinknz.org.nz/personal_stories.html

 

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.”

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

Shared by “the world’s absolutely worst photographer ”

“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)