I had my first debilitating migraine when I was 17. Since then, I’ve averaged about 100 migraines per year.
My life has been a journey of victory and defeat, despair and hope, faith and doubt. As a complex neurological patient, I lived in a medical purgatory. I saw the best of traditional practitioners to no avail. I explored innovative, alternative healthcare models that also fell short.
Ultimately, I became a doctor because I couldn’t find a good one. Every day I wake up, I am both the patient and the doctor, the believer and the doubter. Being a functional neurologist has shown me that the healing we once thought was impossible is actually possible.
Neuroplasticity tells us that we are capable of change. If we understand the function of the brain, we can improve our way of life. My wife once told me that I had to anchor my life to a deeper truth. The deeper truth I anchor to is that my pain cultivates my faith, and my faith creates the possibility of a healthier future.
As a clinician, I desire nothing more than to ease the pain of those I encounter, educate the families I serve, and connect the dots between unanswered questions and solutions. In my years of practice, after seeing patients improve speech, mobility, and brain function once thought impossible, I know that we have good reason for hope. www.thriveneuro.com
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