I’m clawing my way back from a brain injury, so please be patient – The Globe and Mail

I was 35 years old when the inoperable arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in my brain was first diagnosed.

After years of headaches and cervical pain (which I later found out were small cerebral hemorrhages), and after years of being told by doctors that I suffered from stress headaches, migraines and poor coping skills, the undiagnosed vascular grenade in my head finally blew.

I lost the feeling and movement on the left side of my body, and the vision in my left eye doubled – I saw two of everything. I lost my balance and my co-ordination. It was a hard thing for a previously healthy young woman – a mother, nurse, wife and go-getter – to deal with.

Time, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, a lot of sweat and tears … those losses all came back – maybe not as good as they had once been, but they came back.

That was 18 years ago. A lot has happened since then.

Over the years, as I experienced repeat bleeding, endured radiation and battled brain swelling, I lost and rebuilt many many things.

I lost my career (I was a military nursing officer), my husband to divorce, my confidence – and more than just a little bit of who I was.

Read more at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/first-person/article-im-clawing-my-way-back-from-a-brain-injury-please-be-patient/

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