I am a mother, wife, teacher, friend, trail runner, and former hockey player,mountain biker, and coach. I am currently on disability and leave from teaching.

In September of 2013, at the age of 47, I suffered a brain hemorrhage and subsequent stroke. My hemorrhage was caused by a cavernous malformation, or angioma, in my left thalamus. Cavernous angioma cells “are similar to those that line normal blood vessels, but the major difference is that in the cavernous malformation the cells are not tightly joined, making them weak and leaky” (Angioma Alliance Canada).

I had been meditating for four and a half years prior to the stroke and I had also taken an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course. I can’t begin to tell you how beneficial this practice has been to my recovery and the research demonstrates that beginning a practice of mindfulness post-stroke will assist your brain’s neuroplasticity and restoration.

I am new at all this tech “stuff”, but my goal is to create a blog that can service survivors of stroke and caregivers with information regarding mindfulness and the healing brain.



  1. Lisa Geres · November 24, 2014

    What does that word mean that is under the heading of ‘meditation and the brain’… It is obviously another language but I am curious to know what it means?


    • dhangle · November 24, 2014

      Hey Lisa! Thanks for asking. It is standard Tibetan for “Basic Goodness” which is a central belief in Buddhism; that we are all inherently whole, we were given everything at birth, there is no need to judge ourselves harshly. This means, therefore, that we must be able to embrace others, even our “enemies” as possessing basic goodness.


  2. Anonymous · November 27, 2014

    Thank-you my Zen friend.


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