What motivated me to quit a good-paying job during a tanking economy without a salary? Because after 27 months of searching for a diagnosis, I discovered that encephalitis was the culprit for destroying my short-term memory overnight. It explained why problem solving and concentrating became so difficult.
Encephalitis is a brain injury with long-term residuals quite similar to stroke. Yet this “rare” illness is not always thought of as a diagnosis in its critical stage, so patients who aren’t severe enough to be hospitalized fend for themselves as they struggle to recover.
When I was diagnosed, I was inspired to take action, so I published my journey in a book called “Brain Wreck.” As a patient advocate, here are a few tips for navigating the medical system in the U.S. Hang with me and I’ll post new ones along the way … and hopefully you’ll want to take the “Brain Wreck” journey.