MY WHOLE HEALTHY
COMMUNITY STORIES | 6.2.2016 | BY MAGGIE YOUNT
I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2007 when I was hit head-on by a drunk driver in my car. I fell into a coma that was initially a three on the Glasgow Coma Scale, and remained in that coma for ten days. I spent three months in the hospital, and after I was released I healed myself using food, mindfulness, and movement. I got married, finished my journalism degree, became a certified personal trainer, and am now a new mama to a baby boy. I also lead the "My Whole Healthy Revolution" to help people transform their trauma, own their health and healing, and achieve their Whole Healthy.
Using my experience to help others is very important to me, but being a good mom and a good example to my baby is the most important thing of all. Living life to the fullest and being who I choose to be, rather than letting what happened control my life, is also at the top of my list.
For me, moving forward is about self-awareness and acceptance. Seeing the differences in how my brain works, accepting my new normal, and tuning into my spirit and heart have all been important aspects. These things have helped me reconnect with my passions in life, and have made me aware enough of my healing progress to know what I still need to work on. I believe moving forward means striving to be better and to grow, whether we've been injured or not.
Yoga was THE thing that helped me achieve a higher level of healing early on in my recovery. It was profound, and I could feel my neural pathways (or so it seemed) reconnecting with a click, like puzzle pieces falling into place. I don't believe I'd be where I am without it. Yoga helped me heal my physical injuries, but it had the biggest effect on my brain’s healing. I can't recommend it enough.
We have an incredible and innate ability to heal ourselves. Practicing mindfulness can allow us to connect to exactly what our body is asking for, and bring relaxation and healing right away.