A question please - What does the word - neuroplasticity - mean to you?

I am interested in responses from persons with mild brain concussions themselves (first person accounts) who can give their interpretation of the word - neuroplasticity.  

At this time, I am not interested in responses from business persons who use the term neuroplasticity in their businesses to try to make customers feel better or are forces behind the broadcast of a message that the answer, for sure, is:  neuroplasticity.

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Reality

First person accounts

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Hype (public relations)

Buzz words

Second person accounts (hearsay)

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Hi, Charles. You asked what the word neuroplasticity means to me, and "hope" was the first thing that came to mind. Just knowing that the brain can heal, adapt and rewire itself is utterly hopeful and amazing. Knowing just that much about neuroplasticity has helped me get through a lot of frustration and despair, and helped me hold onto the belief that more is possible in time. In a way it is empowering, too. Every time I do something I know is good for my brain, I feel good knowing that I am helping myself to have a better brain and a better quality of life today and down the road. Neuroplasticity is awesome and I thank God for it often these days! - Kathie :-)
Hi, Charles,

I became facinated with the concept after coming out of my 2 month long comma. I could not cross my left leg over my right knee so I set that as my neuroplasticity proof goal. I focused all my activity and thinking on cross my leg. I even visualised doing it last thing before going to sleep and of course first thing when I awoke. And guess what happened after a few weeks of determine focus I managed to cross my leg much to the surprise of my brain experts who lead me to believe nothing was going to change.
So Charles go for it.

Hi, Charles and Kathie,

Mona here.  Kathie, I didn't disappear; am just on overload.  I think your description of neuroplasticity's role in TBI lives is, as usual, insightful and could speak for me, too.

Charles, I totally agree with Kathie:  GO FOR IT!  There is no theoretical limit to the changes we can make in our brains.  It does, however, as Kathie expressed, get very frustrating when so many things need "improvement" for us to function the way we want and the ways we used to.

Sorry I've been so inactive.  (If Glen sees this, please accept my apology for being out of touch.  I think of you and Kathie often.)

Thanks for letting me insert my two cents.

Mona

(aka Armeni Mona -- Mona is actually my first name) - Santa Fe, NM

Awesome response Kathie! It to me is improvement. This improvement is milestones for us survivors. It's like your computer (brain) has a system failure/ glitch and day by day you are cleaning up the computer- re-booting- putting virus protection hard wear in it (vits, meds, etc) to get it to run properly to where it used to be. Some can be restored but not all. I had two concussions 20 days apart- my two yrs post TBI past yesterday. I'm still re-programming my computer and have improvements still! Some deficits and struggles sometimes daily but God is good and I continue to improve. This neuroplasicity improvement was a good indication there was "Hope" like Kathie said that I could get back to where I was before TBI. I learned so much too from all this. Thank you for your question

I am another miracle survivor with a left frontal lobe injury. Neuroplasticity has enabled me to become as whole as possible in a short five years. I was researching how it was all possible AFTER I learned to read again. The part that amazed me the most was all of the milestones I achieved coming from an infantile state of being. I was rated with a very severe injury and was in a coma for a while that included dying a couple of times. My family had me removed from support and made my funeral arrangements,but I came back to prove everybody wrong once again.

During the course of my recovery,I have made provisions to compensate for my short term memory loss and have taught my brain to use my long term memory to enhance my way of living. I also use a type of toolbox to help me with memory that involves a smartphone and email messages to myself that can be accessed from anywhere I can get online. The camera function serves as another support method I use for remembering items and where I found them when out in the world.

Since my recovery began,I have rebuilt complicated machinery,got back behind the wheel of a car again and assembled plans for a very long and productive life.

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