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Welcome to Concussion Life – Join the Concussion Community!

Connect with others who have been affected by concussion. Together we will find common spaces by sharing our journeys of healing, stories, struggles and accomplishments.  Join the forum discussion where you will find a safe space to ask your questions and contribute your insights. Help us to create a greater awareness of the patient’s and the supporter’s perspective. These are all valuable pieces in the puzzle of concussions. The Concussion Community needs this information to help further our understanding of this invisible injury.

Regardless of how our injuries are sustained, we have a common journey of healing after a concussion.  Concussions are Traumatic Brain Injuries. Concussions are invisible. We look normal, we look uninjured, and we look like we don’t struggle.  Every brain is unique, every injury is different and every path of healing will be its own.  Join us and together we will heal, inspire one another, connect, share and support.  Together we are not alone and together we have strength!

It’s time to start, join the Concussion Life discussion! What’s your story?

Someday your pain will become the source of your strength. Face it. Brave it. You will make it.

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A little progress each day, week or month will add up to big results, that in time you will see.

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It takes a community to heal someone with a concussion.

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Our Stories

Our Story

Turning Point

Every once in a while the fog starts to disperse, the pressure decreases, and the mental fatigue improves.  I call these “optimistic days.”  Unfortunately, a day later or maybe only a few hours later, the darkness returns like a burlap [...]

Supporting yourself and Concussion Life

My name is Keith Yeates, and I’m really pleased to be asked to contribute to the Concussion Life website. I direct the University of Calgary’s Integrated Concussion Research Program, or ICRP, which is a campus-wide initiative that cuts [...]

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Our Story

There is help out there

No journey or path of healing will be identical. Sorting out what will aid your healing can be overwhelming. Here are some effective resources that have been helpful to those who have suffered a concussion(s).

Guest Speaker / Spotlight

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Supporting yourself and Concussion Life

My name is Keith Yeates, and I’m really pleased to be asked to contribute to the Concussion Life website. I direct the University of Calgary’s Integrated Concussion Research Program, or ICRP, which is a campus-wide initiative that cuts across multiple faculties and research institutes. Our vision is to be an internationally-recognized centre that drives evidence-based care and improves outcomes for individuals with concussion. I invite you to learn more about the ICRP at our website, icrp.ucalgary.ca. One very important goal of the ICRP is community and patient engagement, and the development of the Concussion Life website is an [...]

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My Story

November 9, 2014 my world changed in a second. As I was getting out of my vehicle, about to open the door for my kiddos, that’s when it happened. I was standing on an icy, inclined driveway and with a single step I slipped on the ice, falling backwards with acceleration and hit the back of my head on cement.

My husband helped me up, I listened to my children cry and walked in our home. Instantly, I had a pounding headache and was unable to rotate my head side to side. Away in an ambulance I went, with a cervical collar on and was handled by the medical staff with spinal precautions as they were unsure if anything was broken or fractured. My head and my cervical spine were x-rayed and later cleared (no fracture/no break). I was experiencing nausea, dizziness, difficulty standing on two feet, headache, light sensitivity, pain from the top of my head going to my lower back and I was tired. I was later released with the diagnosis of a concussion and a whiplash injury. I received an information sheet about concussions, lists of activities to avoid and to seek medical care for any change(s) in my side effects.

My journey began and a journey that I am still on to this day.

My side effects are my struggles. My side effects are debilitating. My side effects halted my life to a complete stop and I have been rebuilding my life since then. This is a journey I never planned for in my life. My world has changed.

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