On 3 July 2013 I was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm, which later turned out to be two. This blog is a journey into my brain as I deal to the aneurysms lurking there. Along the way I'm calling on the collective proverbial wisdom and sage advice of some recognised (and maybe a few not-so-recognised) writers for aphorisms which complement my journey.

This is not just a personal journey but also a journey of discovery for everyone who has, had, or knows someone with a cerebral aneurysm.


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. ~ Denis Waitley

This quote seems to be very much what we, after our brain aneurysm, need to focus on. Do we? I receive emails from a group called Women in Focus, who support mostly young women who are trying to get ahead in their own business lives. I'd joined this group some time before my brain aneurysm operation, so after that it didn't seem very real for me. But this week there is an article about The Power of Connections, which reported on a talk by Dr Fiona Kerr at their recent conference.

Dr Kerr is a systems and neural complexity specialist, and spoke about how connecting and collaborating grows our brain. According to the University of Adelaide, where she is working, she "is an advisor to governments in Asia, Europe and Australia on fostering creativity and innovation, neuroleadership and futurising, and is currently writing a book on the social neuroscience of managing". 

According to Wikipaedia, social neuroscience is "an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior, and to using biological concepts and methods to inform and refine theories of social processes and behavior."

While this talk to the Women in Focus was directed at them - young, moving women - I see it as directed at every person who needs - or needs their carer - to really think about how to re-activate their brain. This creativity and innovation is very important to those like us who had our brain aneurysm operated on. We can take a short time or a very long time to "recover" - we might just have a brain problem.

Dr Kerr went to a conference called "Wired for Wonder" in Sydney and Melbourne in August. If you can have a look at the events given at this conference, would it encourage you? It should! This, regardless of who it was directed at, is something that we need. For too long, people with brain problems after their brain aneurysms - and possibly after a stroke which joined the surgery - need some real way to work over it. My own opinion is that someone like Dr Kerr should be treating us just as the young business people.

Perhaps I might just write to her!

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