Healing Heads

A teenager's journey through concussion recovery



Hello, and welcome to my blog, Healing Heads. My name is Madeline Uretsky, and on October 13, 2011, I suffered a serious concussion while playing in my high school soccer game. I’ve decided to start this blog so that other teens suffering with concussions can find some help, support and hope. Concussions can be a very lonely and isolating injury, and recovery can be a long and difficult process. I’ve been navigating this process for well over a year now, and I am continually learning so much about my brain, and how to take care of it. There have been so many things that have helped me in different ways, including support from other teens with concussions and various types of treatments, and I’d like to share my knowledge in the hopes that it will help others.

I have written many blogs for various websites since suffering my concussion, so I’m going to repost them with their original titles here on my Healing Heads blog, as a way for me to keep track of them and have them all in one place. From time to time, things may seem out of order, and you may see the same topics discussed in different blogs, so I apologize in advance for the repetition of information.

My first thought when choosing the layout for this blog was to be careful to select muted colors with a pattern that is not busy, as bold, bright colors and busy patterns can exacerbate headaches. If you have, or have had, a concussion, you know how visual stimulation can play an important role in making headaches worse.

I have many blog entries, and I am constantly adding more, so please go to the menus on the right-hand side of the page, and click on my posts, or go to the archives and search by month, and you will be able to find more posts. You can also enter your email address under the “follow blog via email”, and my posts will automatically appear in your email whenever a new one is entered.

Also, please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section, as I know how difficult it is to live with a concussion/brain injury, and I am happy to help in any way I can.

I hope that you find some useful information and support from my blog. Thank you for stopping by!

9 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Granita says:

    My name is Granita and I just visited “Healing Heads”. I want to thank you for the time and interest you have taken to share your information and make it available for others. I look forward to stopping by and reading more of your information.
    I am always interested in learning more about these things from people with your experience.
    Once again – Thank-You!

  2. Judy says:

    I think your blog is awesome and I think you are awesome as well.

  3. Sr. Cathy Fleming, SND says:

    You never cease to amaze me.
    Sr. Cathy

  4. Rachel says:

    Hello! My name is Rachel, and I still suffer daily from the effects of a severe concussion I sustained over 5 years ago when I was 12 (It was my 4th head injury), and it’s been a very long and challenging road. I really appreciate your starting this blog and attempting to reach out to others in similar positions-as over the years I have not at all been in contact with any other TBI victims. For a long time I’ve had an interest in connecting with those who have been through concussions themselves, but my ability to socialize/get out of the house has been greatly affected due to the nature of my symptoms. I live with a lot of dizziness, nausea, and visual dysfunction, which makes car rides very tough-so I mostly only go out for my chiropractic treatments. Too much time at the computer/movement in general is triggering, and I can only dream of reading books! Although our situations are not exact, I do relate to a lot of what you are going through. Once again, thank you for the effort you put into this, and when my vision allows I certainly plan to keep following this site.
    And, if you have any interest in talking further at all, you can feel free to email me!

  5. Peggy says:

    Thanks for putting this blog out, I sent it to my daughter who is 6 years pcs. Has ur exact symptoms. I hope she will respond as well. Please take time to read her blog at headpainsuffering.wordpress

    • I am so sorry your daughter is going through this injury; I hope she continues to recover! I just read and followed her blog too. Thank you for that suggestion, I found it helpful as well. It is always great to see people willing to talk about their injury and what they go through because it does help others.

  6. Dear Ms. Uretsky:

    Recently, I listened to your interview on http://www.beyondthecheers.com and read an article on your condition. I am sorry to hear that your concussion symptoms are lingering. By the way, you and your mother did a great job in the interview.

    There may be hope. I have developed a safe technique that has quickly eliminated headaches, nausea and dizziness from concussions while improving cognitive functioning (concentration).

    I have information on my website and blog entries on concussions/brain injuries. Here is the link to one such entry. It will give you an idea of what may be possible.

    If there is interest, please feel free to contact me (drpetras@reliefforyou.com, 1.888.447.1429).

    Best wishes for your recovery,
    Dr. Raymond J. Petras

  7. amy m says:

    Hello Madeline,
    I am a massage therapist and I just want to say it’s never too late to try skilled massage. If you can find someone in your area who can do any of the following therapies I think you have a chance to recover some of your normal life.
    Cranio-sacral therapy

    I am always taken aback when an old injury shows signs of improvement even after just one massage. It’s worth a shot!

    and I think some aromatherapy options exist as well, by what I’ve seen online.

  8. Bella says:

    Hi Madeline,
    I am 15 years old I suffered my hit 2 years ago and suffer from daily headaches, and just surgery to attempt to end all of this. I just started my blog that includes my story and I would really appreciate if any of you checked it out to also gain some fellowship in my journey. Thank you -Bella http://bellasheadache.blogspot.com

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