After my traumatic brain injury, I was left feeling lost and scared about what the future held for me. However, diving deeper into the science behind brain injuries gave me a sense of control over my recovery.
I learned that different parts of the brain can be affected by different types of injuries. For example, a frontal lobe injury can cause changes in personality and decision-making abilities, while a temporal lobe injury can affect memory and speech. Understanding which part of my brain was affected helped me understand the symptoms I was experiencing and what to expect during my recovery.
I also learned about neuroplasticity, which is the brain's ability to rewire itself in response to injury. This gave me hope that my brain could still function and adapt, albeit maybe in different ways, after my concussion. With the help of my physician, I added supplements to my diet, was strict with getting adequate rest, and followed a structured rehabilitation program to support my brain's healing process.
Overall, understanding the science behind my brain injury not only helped me feel more in control of my recovery but also gave me a greater appreciation for the incredible abilities of the brain and strengthened my spirituality as I felt supported in my healing journey.