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!

19 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

  9. Kari Patterson says:

    Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and being willing to share your story. I found comfort in your words. I suffered a blow to the head at tumbling/gymnastics practice 13 weeks ago. My nausea was gone after about 6 weeks, but I still suffer from daily headaches, sensitivity to noise and light, and dizziness after too much stimulation. I know that 13 weeks is nothing compared to your time frame, but too me it has been pure torture. I unfortunately haven’t taken time off from school, despite doctor’s recommendations. I am valedictorian, student council president, senior class president, and National Honor Society treasurer, so I have way to many responsibilities to uphold. I think they this may be delaying my recovery. Being out of sports has been awful. I play soccer all year round and I’m a dancer. How did you stay positive? At this point, I have missed out on so many important things, I am so mad and frustrated all the time and it has effected my relationships with friends and family. I don’t think they get what is going through my mind all of the time.

    Sorry to be such a downer. I just really needed to vent! I am glad you are doing better and I hope you continue to heal and recover!

    • Dear Ms. Patterson:

      My heart goes out to you.

      It is great to hear all of the wonderful activities that you are involved in. I, however, am sorry to hear about your situation. I hesitate to comment any further than my note on September 16, 2013 above. Feel free to have you parents or primary physician contact, when I can be of service.

      I wish you a safe, speedy, complete recovery.

      Dr. Raymond J. Petras

  10. Haley says:

    Thank you for posting this! It’s so nice to read something that isn’t scientifically morbid! Breath of fresh air healing from someone who actually understands it. I’m 18, I played competitive soccer as a goalkeeper for 6 years before having to stop from numerous concussions over the past two and a half years. It’s to the point that I have symptoms daily, ranging from headaches, migraines, sensitivity to light and noise, dizziness,…almost all of your stereotypical concussion/PCS symptoms. It’s torture being away from sports, outings, and school among other things and I’ve seen just about every local doctor they can throw at me.

    In regards to some of the otherwise suggested therapies and strategies suggested above, I’ve tried things such as electrode therapy (not as harsh as it sounds–electrodes on wrists and ankles send small electric current too small to physically feel to numb pain/symptom signals), massage therapy, physio, cognitive training, cranio-sacral therapy, prescription drugs (Amitryptyline)…the list goes on.

    For anybody wondering the therapy I found most effective was the cranio-sacral therapy, it was nice and gentle, generally relaxed me and reduced my headaches and cleared up the typical “fog” PCS people experience.

    That’s my shpeel, sorry for the rant :$

  11. Alex says:

    Hi, my name is Alex. I am a high school student researching about sports concussions for an english essay. I found your blog very helpful for my paper. It helped me get a better understanding about the damage that can be done after multiple concussions. I believe that we need to create a safer environment for all players in every sport because it affects people off the field; not just on the field. I have referred to the Seeing Stars Foundation to help donate more money towards preventing and raising awareness for concussions for all ages and levels. I hope everyone continues to heal and progress in recovery. I just wanted to thank you for the blog and helpful information that you presented me for my paper.

    Thank you,


  12. Kaysee says:

    my name is Kaysee
    I was wondering what are some ways that have helped you heal faster?

  13. Peggy Kalis says:

    My name is Peggy Kalis and I experienced a concussion from a car accident 2 years ago. After wanting to die for about a year …I finally realized I needed to live as if I were healed already . I have found a wonderful practitioner, Dr. Muldoon, chiropractic neurologist, who has changed my life in a matter of weeks! Allopathic was no help for 1 1/2 years…I want so much to help others who have this struggle. I am so proud of what you are doing ..please tell me what you think?
    Peggy Kalis

    • Hi Peggy,
      I have found chiropractic neurology to be extremely helpful in various ways. I have had regular adjustments for my back and neck, nutritional counseling, and of course, brain based therapeutic activities. All have helped immensely, and I highly recommend to keep it up if it is working for you! So glad you are on the right track!
      Good luck!

  14. Rob says:

    Try this it really works. My wife got a concussion working a track meet, she started taking EHT daily, now she has fully recovered and has no symptoms. She has partnered up and is now selling EHT to concussion sufferers. http://torimcconnell2015.nowsender.com/e/vd?nhjmev

  15. Bella Lohmiller says:

    Hi Madeline,
    My name is Bella Lohmiller and a year and a half ago I experienced a concussion in a soccer accident. My head had hit the ground so hard that it caused me to receive a concussion and a fractured neck. Even when I play soccer now, my head is a lot more sensitive whether a ball or person is hitting hit. I am currently doing a project on how a concussion headband can help you limit the risk of receiving another concussion after you have already received one. I have done a lot of research and I came to the conclusion that it is a matter of opinion rather than a necessity. I am trying to get peoples opinions on the concussion headband. What do you think?
    -Bella Lohmiller

  16. Jackie Wandstrat says:

    I received a concussion during a lacrosse game last year and since i had never had one before i was very confused on how to handle it, I wish i would of known about this website during the time of my concussion I think it would of helped a lot!

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