It's Better to Recover Fully than Push It
Taking the Toughness Out of It
I tried to take charge of my recovery. I had my mom write down all my symptoms and keep track of what I did that day. But in the first few weeks, this didn’t really matter because doing nothing made my symptoms worse and since I was already doing nothing, I couldn’t really do anything less.
So after two weeks of my symptoms not improving I became one of the 35% who don’t recover in the first two weeks.
EMBRACE LIFE'S DETOURS
Unfortunately, I now sit on the couch watching my former teammates play in the CFL instead of lining up against them. My decision to try to be tough and play through concussions put an
abrupt and unexpected end to my football career.
Up until 2012 I never let the fact that I was the little guy on the field make me feel small. That
feeling was reserved for people who couldn’t take a hit, couldn’t bounce back up and couldn’t
deal with the pain and physical nature of contact sports. I worked too hard to put myself in a
position to succeed to ever feel small. At least that was true until 202012 when I suffered several
severe concussions that made me realize just how small I could feel.
RECONCEPTUALIZING LOSS: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE
Embrace. Life’s. Detours.
Repeat this phrase three times.
Write it down.
Make it your mantra.
MY CONCUSSION STORY: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Twenty-one years after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury, head injury surrounds Claire Smith’s once again. This time however, it’s a choice; she can use her own experiences to help other survivors, as well as their families, caregivers, and friends.
FOR MY BROTHER MICHAEL: A STORY OF HOPE
On May 27th, Ottawa local Brent Sullivan will run the Scotiabank Ottawa Half Marathon. But unlike many of the other participants, Brent will be running for a cause beyond his own fitness, pleasure, or competitive spirit. Instead, Brent is running as an ambassador for the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada to help raise funds for concussion outreach, education, and awareness.
MY BATTLE WITH POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME
Katie is a seasoned marathoner - 5 so far with two more planned over the next few months. But this year the Ottawa Marathon will be a lot more personal for Katie. This year she is running with her brother in mind. Katie’s brother Michael recently sustained his second concussion and is now on the road to recovery, uncertain of just how long his recovery will be this time around.
NOGGINS TO NOGGINS: MACKENZIE'S YEAR WITH PCS
My name is Michael Corneau. I am 18 years old and I currently suffer from Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). I am an avid hockey fan, a supporter, and a former player. I played competitive hockey for the majority of my career. I just loved the competition of driving around Eastern Ontario, the rivalries with certain teams, scoring that game-winning goal in the final seconds of the third period to put my team ahead, and doing it all with friends I’ve competed with my entire life.
I didn't realize how much I didn't like looking back on my concussion until I started writing this, but I want this to help people. I want people to understand what it's like to have a concussion, not just what it is. Maybe this will help someone understand what a teammate, a friend, or family member is going through. Maybe this will help someone that has a concussion know that they are not alone and that one day, they will beat this.