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The Power of Two: Creating a Partnership in Healing

14 Aug

We are stronger together.

I know that sounds a little trite, over-used, and a bit corny. None-the-less, there is no question that healing after a brain injury / stroke is smoother with help.

Possibilities open up because help provides:

  • Two perspectives to understand what is unfolding in front of you both.
  • Two heads to figure out where the path leads.
  • Two sets of eyes to see obstacles before they trip you up.
  • Two hearts to find the laughter and love to move through the day focused on quality.
  • Two sets of intention to make today the best possible day.


Think about this: Navigating the recovery path is challenging enough with a fully functioning brain – one that is firing on all cylinders.

When that thinking goes off course or it is difficult to pay attention to all the details, that path gets more challenging that it simply should be.

Two perspectives, two heads, two sets of eyes, two hearts, and two intentions – stronger together….

Powerful healing comes when a survivor and their caregiver join together as a team.

Powerful healing comes from a place of mutual support, deepened understanding, and a shared path.

Powerful healing comes when someone has your back.

And that powerful healing goes both ways.

This piece originally appeared on

Real Power Comes Gently… From Balance

26 Jan

I don’t start many sentences with “I believe”. It feels like an irrevocable moral contract of some kind – something never to be taken lightly. Right now, I have a couple of those rattling around.

I believe in energy and the body’s power to gently guide that energy to get results.

Let me explain.


We live our lives in these things made mostly of water, fueled by chemical and electrical activity – that’s energy. With all things that run on energy, the right mix of elements – all those key components to fire the mechanism properly—is pretty important for optimum functioning. If our goal is to maintain a mixture that supports living in a particular way, tracking those balances, as if watching a monitor, is necessary. Not too much and not too little but always fluid and flexible.

I believe that we can reset those balances by doing course corrections, big and small, along the way.

Note the studies examining BNDF – a little protein that we know is released during exercise. This little protein has the power to tap into DNA and make something happen. BNDF actually unlocks a rule programmed in DNA, found specifically on chromosome 11, and triggers a particular sequence of events that tells the body to create new cells – researchers believe that that sequence triggers the creation of new neurons.

Think about that for a second.

Every time I step on the elliptical or go out for a vigorous walk I am telling my body that I want more neurons… I want to grow. That is not just energy but that is power.

That is one protein and one tiny set of instructions in our DNA but one that can be seen in the lab – today.

Not science fiction.

Not voodoo or mysticism.

One protien that we have the power to activate personally every single day.

Just imagine the possibilities as this branch of research deepens and scientist continue to unlock the mysteries of the relationship between our behaviors and our bodies.

Goose bumps, right?

choose lined with gold

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