Louise Mathewson - Author & Poet

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Life with a Traumatic Brain Injury:

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A Painful Memory of Rehab

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Photo Credit: Louise Mathewson


A couple days after I came out of a coma, I was transferred by ambulance to a rehab center. The Occupational Therapist (O.T.) responsible for teaching me daily care routines, took me to the shower. She told me that I would be taking my first shower. I wondered how this would work. I could har...

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Fall-ing Down A Rabbit Hole

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s fall, and once again, I feel like I’m falling down a rabbit hole into the dark. This is the season of cooler temps in Florida. So I can get outside much more in the middle of the day. That should be good. However, I still feel like I’m entering a dark hole. Maybe it's my moody injured brain, maybe it's age, maybe...maybe...maybe....


In Chicago, (where I grew up) this is the season of warm, lively, feel-good colors. We moved from Minneapolis two years ...

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A Walk to the Beach in Darkness

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I woke up with one of those icky moods that perhaps only a person with a brain injury and PTSD knows - dark, meaningless, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, didn't want to hear a male voice, (I live with my husband, so that’s a problem, right there), I just wanted to be alone. I thought about going to yoga, but the appliance repair man was on his way and my husband was in a meeting in his home office, so I was tied to the inside.

 


After the repairman l...

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Ancient Wisdom

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Photo Credit: Louise Mathewson


I opened my “Ennea Thought of the Day” and found a pleasant surprise today! In case you are interested, https://www.enneagraminstitute.com" target="_blank">Enneagram is a system of spiritual psychology based on an anc...

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What I Didn't Lose After a Brain Injury

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I lost a sense of safety in the world, trust in life, executive skills, cognitive skills, balance, ability to write prose, short term and some long term memory after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). I thought I lost me.


Then one day I was sitting at Barnes and Noble, while my iPod delivered the music of “Creative Mind” by Jeffrey Thompson to my brain. That music always improved my mood. Beside me was my notebook, and a Starbucks coffee, with 2 pumps of chocolate...

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A Blessing of My Brain Injury

Posted on June 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

At the end of May, along with the rest of the world, I learned of Beau Biden's death at age 46, from brain cancer.  I was devastated.  As a parent myself of one who will turn 45 this summer, my heart broke for Beau's father, Joe Biden.  It's been a month now, but I can't forget when I see him. 


At first, shock made me keep repeating the headline as I tried to get my mind around what it meant for Beau's children, wife, father and family members.  And ...

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Loving Kindness Meditation for Survivors of Brain Injury

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (2)

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness month I wrote a Loving Kindness Meditation for survivors and their families. I hope you find inspiration, joy and hope in reading it.  A suggestion: copy and post it so you can say it for yourself every day or at least a couple days every week.


 Photo Credit: Louise Mathewson 


Loving Kindness Meditation

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Christmas Memory Humor and TBI

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


In mid-September as I prepared for a 7 week trip to Australia and New Zealand, I realized my husband and I were going to be out of the country during the usual planning time for our family Christmas. Typically, we exchange names among the six of us - our two adult children and their spouses and my husband and me. Our two wonderful grandsons are not included in the exchange, so they make out well! My daughter-in-law usually does the draw, and mails us each a name in October. S...

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3 Hard Things about Brain Injury

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)


I was asked in an interview, “What is the hardest thing about a brain injury?”  “An excellent question,” I said.  In eleven years, no one has ever asked me that, at least, as far as I can remember.  In fact, I look and sound so good, most people think I am perfectly normal.  

 

My answer was that people don't see how hard some things are for me, like m...

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Blessings for Those with Brain Injuries

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness month, I offer this poem to care-givers, professionals, and those with Brain Injuries for what those with Brain Injuries have added to life to make our world a better place. (Go to my website's Home page to hear me read the poem aloud.)


Blessings For Survivors of Brain Injuries

 

Blessings for offering another version of life,

not Hollywood’s.

 

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