So I broke my clavicle last month. How? Was I juggling fire on a unicycle while practicing acro yoga? I might as well have been. The bottom line is that I was trying to challenge my abilities with the goal of further rehabilitating, but I was doing so in a dangerous way. You see, I […]
In this segment from my keynote speech at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association conference 2014, I briefly touch on mechanisms of plasticity and repairing neurons through a combination of synergistic therapy and brain building nutrition–including an analogy from my original blog post: Building Bridges – Regenerating Neuronal connections. From the post:
I had the opportunity to be interviewed by my old vision therapist for his blog: VT Works! Take a look! This post appears as part of a series called Sit Down – candid conversations with real people detailing their journeys and experiences with Vision Therapy. A Sit Down – with Cavin Balaster For the […]
Earlier this week, I was interviewed by a funny, charismatic, and witty brain injury survivor who, after sustaining a brain injury on her bike in 2010, started making comedy films about life with brain injury. This is the first episode of a podcast that I have ever done! Her and I both agree that having a sense of humor surrounding […]
*Learn more at www.feedabrain.com Through the process of my rehabilitation I have encountered a plethora of different ailments and therapies. I feel that it is most important to illustrate the therapies that I am still using for some of these ailments. As there are many different ailments, I will focus cogently on double vision. I […]
Yoga is hard! At least it is for me. It was already difficult for me to articulate physically what most people take for granted, therefore yoga posed an incredible challenge for my inadequate balance. The instructor (or guide) tells everyone in each class to take as many breaks as desired at any point throughout the […]
I began walking daily; and even short walks down my street would get me winded almost instantaneously. My whole body was very weak, especially my lungs. What little lung capacity I had would vanish and soon the panting would begin. So then, I would focus on breathing in a controlled and steady meter, and continue […]
Because I was uninsured and waiting to be accepted by CRS (Comprehensive Rehabilitative Services), we had to weigh the therapies that I couldn’t afford to loose ground in and pay out of pocket to continue my rehabilitation. After I began Vision Therapy, the next move in my triage of care was Aquatic Physical Therapy at […]
So I was in Texas now. The weather was just fine, and I was miserable in my own skin. Why? Because I had a brain and body that didn’t work together. That being said, I was also grateful and hopeful for a chance to recover. Now that we were in Texas, my mom and I […]
On July 18th, 2011 (1 year ago) I walked outside for the first time since the accident. I used a walker on the front ramp of Mount Sinai. Here’s a video of that along with a response to this video sent by my mom. This email was written to my mom by my aunt Debbie, who […]
On the 4th of July, 2011, I was taken outside in a wheelchair with my mother and some friends. It was a very nice day. I practiced propelling myself moving the foot rests of my wheelchair out of the way and scooting myself forward. I was in an uphill battle with atrophy. I needed to […]
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” -Rose Kennedy (Mother of John F Kennedy, died at age 104) So it is about time. It’s about time […]
Cavin’s brain injury journey is astounding. His experiences and accomplishments since returning from the brink of death are incredible!
Dr. Leonard PressPress Vision
Cavin takes you on a captivating journey of challenging experiences that leads to an amazingly successful recovery. Cavin is a remarkable person who conveys a remarkable message in each of his talented motivational speeches.
Chip Howe, M.A.Mary lee Foundation
Cavin is wonderfully articulate and takes you through his long rehabilitation journey which involves expert medical care, intense family support, and several ingenious therapy procedures.
Susan R. Barry, Ph.DFixing My Gaze
I’ve never heard a more superb and comprehensive combination of humor, courage, and integration of knowledge on how a patient with traumatic brain injury has put his life back together.
Dr. Curtis R. BaxstromNeuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association