I’ve been thinking a lot about what it must be like in the general population, for people to learn about the impacts that concussion can have on your life – cognitive ability, physical experience, moods and attention… the works. I know when I first learned about TBI and what it can do to a person, it completely freaked me out. It explained a lot, but at the same time, it really worried me and I went into a bit of an obsession about finding out what was all wrong with me… and how I might fix it.
I would imagine that there are plenty of folks out there who are going through the same thing — only with concussion. Concussion is a tricky thing, because not everyone has the same experience. The vast majority of folks see a resolution of their issues in a matter of weeks or months, but there is a significant percentage who don’t have that happen for them.
Not knowing which group you belong to… well, that can be pretty nerve-wracking.
Even more nerve-wracking, is wondering if over the long term, all the injuries you’ve sustained are going to have you ending up like those football players who donated their brains — with CTE proteins mucking up the connections, the brain shrinking, and the whole shootin’ match going to hell.
There’s no way to tell, literally, what can or will happen. Could be, I get taken out by something else long before any degeneration sets in. Then again, maybe I’ll end up drooling in a corner of some state facility, forgotten and on my own. I’m not sure I could ever let myself get to that state, frankly. What would be the point of that?
Better to live as fully as possible, in hopes that the sheer act of living large is beneficial in and of itself. That must be worth something.
I do think there’s something to that. The brain is plastic. It responds to input and it grows and changes in response to our experiences. The more experiences I have, the better my brain will benefit, I figure. And that’s my goal — to keep my health going, to keep my body in good shape, and to keep living positively and pro-actively for as long as I’m allowed.
None of us are given any guarantees in this life. We have to make the best of things.
And that’s what I’m going to do.
There is life after concussion. Oh, yes. There is plenty of life after concussion.