Thank you for your support and participation on my Facebook page, The Brain Fairy – Living with Brain Injury and on my website www.thebrainfairy.com As of this month it has been two years that I have been doing this. It has helped me in my journey of recovery. I feel that I cannot say, or that any of us can say, a journey to recovery. To me, that means recovery is a final destination. I think that after a brain injury there is no end point in recovery. It keeps going. We can’t stop working to make progress in improving or maintaining the improved functionality of our brain especially as we also start experiencing the effects of aging.
We also can’t stop raising awareness of brain injury whether it’s due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, anoxia or whatever the cause. I did not understand the impacts of a brain injury before it happened to me even after seeing it happen to people I know. I think there’s been much more awareness in recent years due to the soldiers returning from the Middle East wars and the NFL players suffering from brain injuries. But there’s still a long way to go in educating people about what a brain injury does to you.
About 3 years ago I was talking to my husband about some problems I had that day and I said “I guess the brain fairy just wasn’t helping me that day”. That’s where the name of my website came from. How our brain works and how it repairs itself is still a mystery. Medical professionals can do much to help in recovery but there is still a mystifying process that brings our brain back to a better place after a brain injury. For me, the “brain fairy” has been that elusive thing that has caused the problems and healing associated with my brain injury. I do not understand how it works but slowly things have worked better in this mysterious world of my brain.
When I started the The Brain Fairy I was dabbling to challenge my brain but hoped that someone would visit and get some benefit from the information available on the site and from the posts I wrote in my blog. My goal was first to get maybe 50 views a month on my site but I am happy that so many more people visited than I expected. As of a couple of evenings ago, I have reached 30,000 views for the 2 years in existence.
So thank you all for your interest and support. You have helped me make my brain get better. Two years ago, I needed perfect silence and needed to be well rested to write anything I posted or to do any of the maintenance work on the website. Yesterday evening after a busy day of doing other things, I wrote this, and I was listening to music at the same time. I couldn’t have done that 2 years ago. I have gotten so much better in this time in so many ways.
Keep visiting me and I’ll keep visiting you to share our experiences and important things to know about the brain.
Linda W. Arms (a.k.a. Mina Kitty)
Web site and blog – www.thebrainfairy.com
Email me at: MinaK@thebrainfairy.com