ABOUT ME

picmeAfter taking care of my brother as he wasted away and died from AIDs, the end of my 18 year marriage to my high school sweetheart in an ugly parting that made Divorce Court look civil, and years of wrong turns, things not working out, and being flat-out disappointed with life, I tried to kill myself in June of 2007, by swallowing over 90 pills, mostly brain drugs. Because I wasn’t found in time, the drugs went all the way through my system wreaking destruction.

After a week in a coma, I woke up with a global, acquired brain injury (ABI), technically labeled encephalopathy, to a very different world. Initially, I was seriously mentally impaired and couldn’t retrieve words, remember the day, my sons’ ages, or that I’d gotten divorced. Physically, I could barely speak, couldn’t coordinate the acts of breathing and swallowing anymore, and had no fine motor skills. My ex-husband sued me for custody of our two sons, won, and promptly moved out of state with them. And I thought things were bad before?

Alone, for the first time in my life, I had no one to put my limited energy into but myself. Getting down right pissed off, I told myself, “If I have to live, I’m NOT living like this!” Over the first year, I naturally healed somewhat and, in the following years, the more I recovered, the more I learned. The more I learned, the more I recovered.

Through years of daily work and such practices as neurofeedback, Brain State Technologies’ brainwave optimization, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, acupuncture, voice therapy, music therapy, cranial sacral massage, hypercapnia, visualization, meditation, cross lateral movement, yoga, cardiovascular exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more, I made a remarkable recovery. Although I still talk funny and have some slight manual dexterity issues, I’m better than ever, even with these.

The brain injury forced me to make radical changes in my lifestyle and mindset that I’d needed to make long before. Better late than never! Because the underlying belief systems and the perceptual foundation upon which I’d built my reality withered away along with brain cells, I got to start with a clean slate, so to speak.

By consciously working with and altering my thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, I transformed my world which in turn, changed my physical brain and its default mode of operation. Today, I live a brain healthy lifestyle incorporating mental health practices daily to maintain the balance and happiness I’ve found.

Our brains are neuroplastic, meaning that their structure and function are literally, physically shaped by that which we do repeatedly in our lives – behaviors, emotions, and even thoughts. This works both for you and against you. We have much more power to recover from a brain injury, improve our brain’s functioning, recover from depression, and create our own happiness and reality with the gray matter between our ears than ever thought possible.

Neuroplasticity is the super power we all are born with and possess until the day we die. On my blog and website, I share information about the tools I used to heal myself and my life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and related topics to inspire and encourage you to take control of and change your brain and life for the better. Promise!

I live in Greensboro, North Carolina with my five cats and oldest son, where you can find me reading, writing, gardening, and doing hot yoga.

I have written an intimate, entertaining memoir, Sex Suicide, and Serotonin,  in which I tell all the details.

Contact me: bestbrainpossible@gmail.com

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  5. I really enjoyed the information you shared, I wanted to tell you this as a retired law enforcement officer in Montana. I responded to suicides and suicide attempts and it was not until my own ATV crash without a helmet that I began to understand more about the human mind. I was in a coma for about one month and when I woke my world changed. I really wish a lot of this information was here years ago when I was trying to understand many things. BUT, it is here now and I continue to learn. Your steps through this discovery were for sure challenging and I am so glad you are feeling better. Hope you are having a good day Debbie…
    Sincerely / Ed Todd

    • Thank you for your comment and kind words, Ed. It’s funny how having something taken away – like the ability of our brains to function correctly – makes us appreciate it. I totally took it for granted before. Not anymore! A lot of the info on neuroplasticity was not readily available when I was recovering, but it was starting to be. I’m glad to help spread the word. All the best to you. 🙂

  6. Hi Debbie,

    Your website is most helpful, and your story very empowering. I’m a psychologist and shamanic wellness counselor with my own story of “impossible healing.” In addition to my work through Wholebeing Wellness Counseling, I’m the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit institute, Orenda Healing International. Part of our mission includes supporting the work of alternative healers, whom we feature in our online publication, Four Winds Journal. Let me invite you to visit the website, have a look at some of the archived editions of the Journal, and let me know if you’d like to be included in a future issue.

    Warm regards,
    Valentine

    • Thanks for so much for your kind words and the information and invitation. I’ll check it out. 🙂

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