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5 Things You Need to Know...

1. I am not a good writer. I would like to apologize for any spelling and grammatical errors. My editor is on holidays indefinitely and I have a brain injury. Enjoy! 2. My concussion occurred on February 19th, 2017. I wish I had a good story. I slipped or fainted, hit my chin on a heat register (based on the location of the blood splatter), and knocked myself out. I don't remember much from the day; only that it changed my life forever.  3. Post-concussion syndrome is terrible.  Webmd defines post-concussion syndrome "PCS" as "a medical problem that persists for a period of time after a head injury [usually a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury "mTBI")] has occurred. This period of time can range from weeks to months."   I'll admit that I knew very little about concussions before this injury, and I am still fascinated that one hit to the head could affect me emotionally, physically, mentally, and cognitively.  When you think
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