The first time I saw a brain injury awareness video was during Brain Injury Awareness Month. I thought it was wonderful. Every year, different ones came out, and they were all wonderful . I dreamed of one day making my own with beautiful graphics with brain Injury facts set to music and I’d be singing again. You see, after my brain injury in 2010, I lost my ability to sing. I wrote it it in this blog. It was just seven months that I reblogged my sadness over not being able to sing; https://www.google.com/amp/s/janicetindle.com/2016/05/21/ah-to-sing-to-dream-by-janice-tindle/amp/
So, to have the two come together at the start of this year was truly a happy moment. It happened quite by accident. One day, while in the waiting room of a doctors office, I heard on the radio one of my favorite songs, The Lennon- McCartney song ” The Long And Winding Road.” I hadn’t heard it in a very long time and I had forgotten just how beautiful it was. That night, I looked it up on you tube and started to sing along. To my great surprise and delight, I was not displeased at how I sounded! Not great, but not bad either! What makes this so amazing is that a short time before this night, I was being assessed very throughly in because of a suspected stroke.
You see, I woke up one morning with a frightening pain in on the left side of my head and a severe pain throughout. I sat up and started to speak to tell my husband that I thought it was trigeminal nerve pain, but, all that came out was a bunch of gibberish. Was it migraine or stroke? Well, after not one, ( in which it happened again) but two trips to two different hospitals, I was told that I probably had had a couple of mini-strokes.
I didn’t appear to suffer any great damage from the incidents, ( although I did find out I few things about my health that I didn’t know) but two wonderful things happened; my ability to sing again, and my vision actually improved enough that it warranted a new prescription! That is amazing! I found one other story online of a man whose vision got better after an actual stroke, so I guess it does happen!
Anyway, I recorded myself just for my own private viewing to see what I really sounded like and if I could improve at all. It came out satisfactory, so I then made a few notes on a pad and added them as I had seen others do and recorded it because I wanted to share my joy with my other brain injury/movement disorder/ TIA survivors to inspire them to never give up!
So without further ado, here’s my simple little video. I hope you like it. And thanks to John Lennon and Paul Mcartney for writing such a beautiful song. The song in the background is a karaoke and not the The Beatles record. I do not own the rights to the song. https://youtu.be/R6oAsc25s8Q