Do you or someone you know suffer from a brain injury?
Below is an article from the Ontario Brain Injury Association entitled “Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone”. I will be presenting at the OBIA conference in Niagara Falls during their three-day conference on November 1, 2 and 3rd. The conference theme is “Making a Difference” and my presentation is entitled “Making a Difference with Horses”.
As you know, I have experienced a traumatic brain injury after my horseback riding accident with the following diagnosis by Dr. Saudia Ahmaad as completely disabled after Neuro Psychological testing was completed for me. I have had remarkable healing and I credit much of this to my horses for their quiet assuring presence and the miracle of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change – that occurs in their presence.
I believe that there are several people who have sustained a concussion and are not officially diagnosed and yet find themselves with hypersensitivity to noise, lights and crowds, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and many other side effects. Even a “minor” impact can result in many of these symptoms.
Many people who have had mild or moderate concussions become the “silent sufferer’s” and return to their daily routines and work with little assistance for the challenges they experience.
As a way to speak for them I share my keynote address “Bounce Back Resilient When Life Buck’s You Off” with many of the techniques I have used to:
- stay present to the moment
- improve focus
- destress quickly
- gain agility with change
- reframe setbacks
- improve decision making
- develop confidence
- develop peace of mind
- develop a sense of hope
- feel successful
Of course, these techniques are not just useful to those who have suffered a concussion but to so many people who rush against time, have to balance multiple roles and wear many hats, keep pace with technology, juggle responsibilities with interruptions and numerous distractions and stay motivated, happy and productive. Geez – sounds like just about everyone I know!
Please let me know if you are part of a group or an organization that would benefit from the ability to “Bounce Back Resilient When Life Buck’s You Off”. I’d love to come speak to your organization to share what the horses have taught me about being resilient when life goes a little bit sideways and you experience challenges, setbacks and change. Email me at Sharon@sharoncampbellrayment.com to let me know.
All the best and remember to live in the “Rhythm of Life” and connect to the greatness that lies within for your utmost success and vitality!
Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone
TORONTO, June 1, 2017 ‐ More than one million people in Canada are living with a brain injury, and that number increases daily. In Ontario almost 45,000 people will sustain a brain injury this year.
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, brain injury associations across the country are putting a face to this epidemic through posters, events, and social media, #IamTheFaceofBrainInjury and #BIAM17.
Hailey Harms is one of those faces. When Hailey was 16 years old, her competitive skating career was cut short after she sustained numerous concussions. Doctors told her she would never be able to skate again. The risk of a more serious brain injury and severe consequences was just too great. Hailey’s hopes and dreams for a skating career were crushed.
When asked what she would like the public to know about brain injury, 19 year old Hailey stated, “That it can happen to absolutely anybody, your neighbour, your mother, your daughter. All ages. Anyone.”
Brain injury came close to Hailey again, when her high school friend, Evan, sustained a severe brain injury through a motor vehicle collison. When Hailey escorted Evan to his 2014 high school graduation, he was heading to university to study engineering. Three years have passed and he is working very hard to regain his ability to talk and walk. He dreams of returning to university and engineering, but his future is unclear.
Two talented young people from the same community. Two brain injuries. Different causes. Different experiences. Different outcomes.
“Brain injuries can range from mild to catastrophic, but all brain injuries can have lasting effects,” said Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director of OBIA. Lives are changed in an instant. Hopes and dreams are often put on the back burner as is the case with Hailey and Evan.
Brain injury is 15 times more common than spinal cord injury, 30 times more common than breast cancer and 400 times more common than HIV aids. Brain injury is also the NUMBER ONE cause of death and disability WORLDWIDE among children, youth and those under age 44.