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Author page: Anthony Aquan-Assee

LOVE Heals

The majority of people would agree that LOVE is a very important healing energy.  Unfortunately, a doctor’s therapeutic bag of tricks often does not recognize the healing powers of LOVE and it is largely ignored in scientific research on treating and healing brain injuries.  How is it that some catastrophically injured patients are able to…

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Stop comparing yourself

Everyone has a a very unique brain.  We shouldn't compare ourselves to others when everybody is so different. We have over 100 billion neurons in our brain and these are all interconnected in so many different ways for all of us. We also have very different life experiences, different backgrounds, different families, different perspectives…

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Leave Room for the Magic

A Trauma or a personal crisis will show itself differently for different people. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that will restore your “normal” and make everything “all good” again. I have learned that when I open my heart and leave room for the Magic, it often appears. FYI - Music has created Magic…

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I am NOT my Brain

I am NOT my Brain.  My brain is a tool that I use to interact with my environment.  Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury forced me to learn how to use my brain and NOT have my Brain use ME.  When I can silence my brain with meditation, I am able to get into a space between…

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Volunteering is Priceless

Many people, like myself, were brought to St. Michael's Hospital as a patient via their helipad.  After my my motorcycle accident, I was unable to return to my job as a school Teacher. I had several years of retraining and relearning before I could return to this job. So, I started volunteering in the Neuro-Trauma…

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Grief seen as a blessing

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out, “It tastes sweet, does it not?”  “You’ve caught me,” grief answered, “and you’ve ruined my business, how can I sell sorrow when you know it’s a blessing?” “The falls of our life provide us with the energy to propel ourselves to a higher…

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Living a Kintsugi Life

It has taken me many years to learn that in my life, it is the imperfect stuff that can make things perfectly, imperfect. Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury has been extremely difficult and I am blessed to realize that my life is perfectly, imperfect.  I have learned to incorporate many compensatory strategies into my…

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