We face many challenges throughout our lives some planned and others a surprise,
it’s how we overcome those challenges that shapes the success we achieve in life.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the scariest challenges we will face in our life. Whether it was a sudden death comes out of nowhere or from childhood trauma or an accident or group trauma, these overwhelming life-changing experiences must be gentle cared for – NOT IGNORED to heal.
Treating TBI injury on every level, recovery is possible. Recovery is like building a house, start with a solid foundation – reduce the effects of the shock and trauma in the brain and body. Then individualize the foods that will nourish and build more neural connections to improve communication of the brain with the body and finally, the right roof – work to rewire the motor and emotional patterns that have slowed the recovery process.
I am no stranger to TBI’s after suffering an almost life-changing car accidents; I fought to overcome the challenges of that accident. Knowing the struggles, I would like to help you rebuild your “house” and supporting your families through the process. -Mary Wolken PhD trauma specialist
Research has shown that no matter how good our memory is. It isn’t strong enough to recall old events or trauma in full detail. So what are we actually remembering? More important when we think about or tell some one about what happened, the brain edits the original event slightly with each time it is retold.
Think about that for a minute.
Each time it’s remembered our brain and our emotional attachment to the event grows stronger connections between brain cells called neurons. These circuitry get embedded in our brain cells through repetition.
According to Karim Nader PhD, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal says “it maybe impossible for humans or any other animal to bring a memory to mind without altering it in some way”1.
So what we recall, plus or minus a slight change, our story is born. The “story” can create excuses for doing or not doing something. Pain or emotional overload can become the roots of a deeply hidden driver behind the pain story. Often times, the more often we think about the pain the story deepens so does the pain.
I met some SUPER teachers and staff including Ms Jennifer Ambrosio principal of Bonillas Basic Curriculum Magnet School in Tucson Unified School District and Sarah Niegocki special ed. teacher on Weds. March 9.
Thanks so much for letting me have such a heart felt fun experience sharing “Beyond Mindfulness” with the staff and you at our in service on March 9. Everyone joined in and I can hardly wait to return to share more fun ways to tune in, turn down the stress and encourage all of us to be more creative and successful in school and life. Thanks so much.
Would love to invite other Tucson Schools to host “Beyond Mindfulness” and explore the development of an ongoing program for next year. M.Wolken PhD
After sustaining a life changing injury in 2013, Martyn Ashton, mountain bike and Road Bike Party legend, is Back On Track.
Congratulations Martyn and his family! Overcoming the shock, pain and trauma is not easy, but you can do it. How -“Just do it!” Ask Martyn who in May 2015 with the help of his friends and great care as he recovered from the spinal cord injury that would stop most. Check out this video-Ride On and may you have a swift and complete recovery.
Martyn Ashton, international mountain bike trials legend, ex-World Champion and star of the Road Bike Party YouTube sensation, was injured during a trials demo held on Sunday September 1, 2013 at Silverstone’s Moto GP, England. During one of the stunts on the Animal WD40 Action Sports Tour, Martyn fell backwards off of a 10-foot high
bar and hit the ground with enough force to dislocate the t9 and T10 vertebrae in his spine. His injury is being characterized as “severe”.
If you want some helping in getting your mojo back and getting rid of the physical and emotional pain, Mary Wolken. PhD can help.