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.