It´s all about who you know...well...they´re not lying.
The difference between me and a non-sport related concussion, is that within my life years of elite training I have encountered all sorts of highly capable people within different fields of sport.
I met with a mother of a child who was training karate in Denmark. The child’s mother was studying medicine and helped me a lot during the first few weeks after my last concussion. Through her I consoled a neurologist that concluded that it would take more than just a few weeks for me to recover (this was just 1 week after my last concussion).
After realising that this might be the end of my sports career I talked to my trainer, about what my options might be. He would take contact with a heart surgeon which he knew who worked in a town a few miles from where I lived. Through that heart surgeon I came in contact with his colleague, a specialist at the hospitals department of neurology.
He concluded that: "If you continue practicing your sport, you might continue being a successful athlete, but your brain will receive injuries from which you can never recover"
Many people think my choice was hard. It was the easiest choice of my entire life. When you´re inside that type of pain and agony, your choice is simple.
At my very last training camp with the Swedish national team, which I only attended to tell everyone that I had to quit and to say goodbye, I talked to one of the Physiotherapists about my injury. He told me that he knew someone who we´re big within that field of medicine. He mentioned Yelverton Tegner, a doctor who has written an extraordinary number of articles and have helped hundreds of athletes suffering from concussions, mostly inside the world of ice-hockey. I have, to this very day, still contact with him from time to time, mostly during my very worsts periods of concussion related symptoms.
Looking ourselves in the mirror
Through my teammate and one of my best friends I got in contact with a former ice-hockey player which also suffered from his last ice-hockey related concussion. He was just a few years older than me and the first time we talked to each other over the phone we talked for over an hour. It was almost scary how similar our experiences had been. Our reactions, our thoughts, the changes of our own life that we had to make due to our injury, almost sadly similar. This would also be a contact that I would keep in touch with to discuss and seek comfort with. And would you know...this ice-hockey player had ALSO been in contact with Yelverton Tegner...small world...
Even more contacts
Back in Sweden I received support and help from “Malmö Idrottsakademi”, which supports elite athletes with training, physiotherapy, phycologists, nutritionist and so on. I had used all of these departments, but it was through my phycologist that I received even greater help than before, not only through mental support and coping with my injury, but also a new contact:
An elite athlete within triathlon. The person had received a brain damage after an accident and have had help from certain kinds of specialist who have helped her with her injury. We talked a lot the first time I called her up, for 25 minutes non-stop, we talked about each others injuries, the similarities, the differences. Do not be surprised. She hooked me up with, yet again, a new contact.
A specialist, that she knew could help we out with a certain treatment called "Craniosacral therapy", and which had helped her a lot when she was recovering from her own injury.
Right now, I´m standing in the fog, willing to try anything. I will soon receive my treatment, about once a week, and then we´ll see.
My conclusion. I am happy to have had so many friends, so many contacts and also, a tiny amount of luck to receive such good treatment from most people. Others who injure their brains are not always that lucky to have such a wide world of contacts as me, and for that, I´m grateful.