Affects of My Last Concussion

I have been told I have a bit of an edge since my last concussion a couple of years ago. I get angry faster, I use curse words more readily and don’t have the filter in my private life. Publicly and when I am doing business I’m on my best behavior. This may make me a hypocrite but that is ok we all wear many masks. I am just making an attempt to take this one off and be honest about what concussions can do.

My last concussion happened while I was working for a marketing company as the job was meant for speed. I missed a step and I could feel my head hit the step as it hit each and every step down to the ground on my left side along with my left hand and ankle. All three parts of my body were a mess. Thank God for the home owner and his daughter who came out to see the commotion and assisted me with bandages and a towel to absorb the blood. The dad drove me to the hospital and I got immediate attention due to a head injury and concussion.

When I came back to consciousness at the bottom of the step. I remember saying I am sorry to the homeowner and his daughter several times. They said there is nothing to apologize for and they hope I would be ok. These were good people who didn’t know me from Adam yet they helped me out in my time of need and I will be forever grateful for that.

The symptoms for post concussion syndrome were intense for me this time. I was told to be off work for a month at least by the doctor. The headaches, sensitivity to bright light and being easily angered by little things that were nothing more than my symptoms still continuing. I have mentioned many time before in my blog that I am not a patient person. I felt horrible and useless and being away from family. I am grateful for my friends and church who were loving and kind to me at this time.

Their seems to be a lot of talk about concussions in the sporting world especially in hockey, football and wrestling. My heart goes out to these athletes and the affects of multiple concussions and how it can devastate a person and their families lives as these concussions can cause erratic behavior, depression, headaches, eye issue and suicide thoughts, attempts and at worst being successful in suicide and their family is left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

Just like some famous athletes I would like to have my brain tested Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or C.T.E. as it is known for short a brain disease to be looked at for research. I need to know I made a difference in helping someone beat the disease if I eventually get it like I have helped and encouraged my fellow man in life. How do I feel about the possibility of getting this disease, dementia or Alzheimer’s all possibilities can be scary but I  can educate myself, take care of my brain, body and leave the rest up to God. Their is a one in one chance I won’t make it out of this world alive so live life to the fullest.

Concussion is something that happened to me but I won’t be defeated by it. I have too many dreams to dream. Too many goals to achieve. Too many loved ones and friends to cheer on! So take care of yourselves my friends all that know someone with concussion history or yourself. There is life on the other side. Work through your emotions that have dealt with the denial, anger, bargaining of the injury and may you get to the other side and have acceptance and let go. Most of all do not be defined by your concussion or head injury be defined by the unique, talented person you are. To move beyond the greatest gift you can be given moving forward is love and understanding to go forward.

Now all I ask in return is you pay this message forward. Love on, befriend and encourage someone today.

Regards, Ty Stingel

October 11, 2013

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6 Neuro Surgeries, 4 Concussions- Ty Knows Life As A Victor!

Yes I had 6 brain surgeries by the age of 7. I have had 4 concussions in my life that I count. You may ask yourself how I can see myself as a victor. Well I never let my surgeries and concussions get me down for long. There was always a job to be done. Rehab from a surgery or accident that led to concussion. School homework, baseball drills, running track and just trying to achieve normal kid goals no matter how long it took. To say I am stubborn and humbly speaking an overachiever I will gladly accept those compliments but only for a moment because there is always something new to achieve.

Some of my goals as an adult have been achieved. I am well educated but never feel I have all the answers. I seek knowledge as my dad told me many years ago that I would make my way in this world with my brain, pen and paper. Little did he know that being an author, blogger and speaker would be in my future when I was a boy.

None my hopes. dreams, dreams and accomplishments would have ever come true without my faith in God, my family or friends that encouraged me. I must sound like a broken record but I am not a arrogant individual that thinks they live life on a island by themselves. My supporters were many and they have continued to stay with me on my journey through the good, bad and the ugly of life.

My new goals in life are to be the best I can be in the literary and eventually back in the motivational speaker’s community. Should I ever go back to university a Master’s Degree in Sociology would be a goal that would connect with my B.A. in Leadership Development. I even like writing about the journey of people and civilizations as I have studied in Mexico and grew to love the people ,there culture, music and language.

So brain injury is an obstacle and yes I do have my bad days and will probably take anti epileptic medication due to my surgeries for the rest of my life. These facts of my health are relevant and need to be treated with respect. However I am a role model to my nephews, the disability, brain injury communities and  in my profession as a writer.

I have had to go through the stages of grieving denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance and letting go to move forward and gain peace and freedom. This is my hope for all who read my blog. Whatever life has put in your path you can overcome and be victorious. You can be someone’s hero in your family, your community and in the world. There is greatness in all of us if we dig down deep and stand up and say I want to lead, be a role model and encourage the gifts in others lives.

By Ty Stingel