Cavin is a neurotrauma medical advocate and the author of How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair. He is also a speaker and the host of the Adventures in Brain Injury Podcast.
After falling from a rooftop water tower in 2011, an MRI revealed that he had sustained a type of brain injury called a severe diffuse axonal injury (DAI).
Over 90% of patients with this kind of injury never regain consciousness.
Most of those who do wake up will often remain in a persistent vegetative state.
His recovery journey began after waking from a 12-day coma… before serious complications arose with the need to induce a second coma. In the months following, Cavin continued to work through brain fog, memory loss, and coordination issues with the entire left side of his body. His left hand was also completely flexed inward and his left foot was completely flexed pointing downward.
Cavin did not eat, walk, or talk for months.
He did not know if he’d ever recover enough to lead a “normal life,” but he vowed that if he did get better, he pay his fortune forward. He would dedicate his life to improving neuro-rehabilitation, hospital nutrition, and the general practice of medicine.
As he implemented several treatments, exercises, and therapies, he began to reclaim the mental clarity he had before his injury.
He used this regained clarity to study even more about how he could recover his brain function. And he began to contact practitioners all over the world to better understand how he could optimize his recovery.
Cavin has navigated the winding roads of recovery, and has been researching the brain like his life depends on it… because it does!
He now drives, rides bikes, camps, climbs, plays guitar, sings, and even practices martial arts!
In Cavin’s own words,
I love my life! I know where I was and how I got from point A to B… even though I felt like I was flying blind a lot of the time. I wish I would have had someone to show me the way, and that is why I am so passionate about this work.
In line with his original vow, he is sharing what he’s learned, offering a light in the dark tunnel of recovery for survivors and their loved ones.
Through his book, podcast, and especially his work with private clients, Cavin educates and empowers survivor’s, loved ones, practitioners, and caregivers to go beyond the standard of care.
Cavin partners with his clients to bring about the best outcome for their families.
His neurotrauma medical advocacy is informed by the knowledge gained through his experience, and a network of practitioners and experts who have become colleagues throughout his own recovery.