Welcome to our blog! I originally started this blog in November 2010 just prior to having a major brain surgery to remove a large bleeding cavernous angioma from a deep part of my brain. You can best understand the gravity of our experience by reading the first several entries.(Nov 2010-Dec 2010) I wrote the first one and my sweet, adoring husband, John, wrote the next several (while I was too sick to do much of anything) that documented surgery, immediate recovery, and our reaction to the surgery complication (stroke)that was revealed 2 days after surgery. This recovery process has been difficult but we are making it. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement we have received and we would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping us along this difficult journey. Also, if you have any questions about my personal experience, please leave them as a comment or contact me directly at thankfulforeveryday@yahoo.com and I will respond although I am not a doctor and this is not a replacement for medical care or advise. Please ask a real professional, or probably several. :) I hope to be able to help at least one person along the challenging road of brain surgery and recovery.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Brain injury recovery video

Another great video on recovery. Alison Shapiro also wrote an inspirational recovery book, Healing into Possibility. Even at this point in my recovery (almost a year and a half), I am still hoping to see improvements. I just keep reminding myself that it's about belief, and will. This type of video reinforces how much control we have in making our brains change to work for us. Thanks to Patti G. for sending this my way. :)


  1. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  2. Dear Elizabeth, I have read your entire blog and really appreciate your insight. My wife is at the beginning of her journey and we would like to hear why you made the decision to have the surgery in the first place. Please contact me at


    Thank you, John

    1. Welcome, John. Does your wife have an angioma? I will do a post on how I came to the decision to have surgery. It was a very complicated and personal decision that involoved countless risks and a giant leap of faith. I'm so glad it was the right decision for me and my family.

  3. Acupuncture treatment can really be something that can help to recover from brain injury. Because it is able to help people to get feeling better. I like your tips and advice very much.