B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1974
M.A. Somatic movement Studies, Lesley University
Are you living with some form or degree of brain injury? Are you experiencing brain fog? Are you totally brain tired? Do you know someone who has any of these issues?
Everyone, young to old, will have a brain issue at some point during their life. Join the Club! You are not alone. Whether the brain issues are personal or impact people in your life, no one will go through life unscathed. We are surrounded by people dealing with these issues, whether acknowledged or not.
Nancy Haller writes with a unique perspective and clear vantage point of experience in all of these categories. She understands living with brain issues. She has been living with a brain injury that occurred during a surgery over a decade ago. It was two years before she was diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome and evaluated for her other areas of neurological difficulty.
When her daughters left for college, Nancy entered Lesley University to complete a MA in Somatic Movement Studies. Nancy began to observe being brain tired and the phenomenon of people who are brain tired surrounding her, from her college student daughters to the exhausted public she encountered. Assessment of brain fog in the lives of her mother, her young adult daughters and herself became evident. Brain fog from anesthesia, hormonal or chemical imbalance affects everyone at some point in their lives and for most it is evident more than once as aging occurs.
Whether personally affected or knowing someone who is having brain issues is common. We live, work and play with people who are experiencing difficulty. Acknowledging and accepting the assistance through this uncharted territory is difficult. Being cared for and being a care taker shifts regularly in Nancy’s life. It was a shock to find herself in the role of being taken care of by her daughters.
Nancy brings her personal observations and simple strategies for People with Brains. This book is an opportunity to begin the conversation personally and with those around you. Finding resources is an ongoing process. She attributes her training in the Feldenkrais Method® as one of her resources in her ability to cope, make necessary lifestyle changes, and heal.
Nancy shares 31 simple “30 to 60 second Moments of Awareness” designed to help you begin training your brain.
Nancy Haller, MA, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
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Publication excerptBegin The Conversation
Are you living with some form of brain injury: concussion, stroke, TIA, dementia, Alzheimer’s, TBI (traumatic brain injury), or a level of brain damage?
Are you experiencing brain fog; raging hormonal imbalance, aging brain, drugs, alcohol, environmental toxicity or chronic pain?
Are you totally brain tired; feeling like you are exhausted, totally overloaded, overwhelmed, over stressed and over it?
Do you know someone who is experiencing any of these issues to some degree?
This book is for YOU!
Feel free to read this book a page or a chapter at a time.
Read it as you are comfortable. Put it down when you need a break. Pick it up when you are ready to receive more information.
Included are many vignettes and strategies for People With Brains.
One of the 31 30-60 second "moments of awareness" to explore.
19. Building a Brain White Board or Screen
Sitting, Standing, Lying 30 Seconds
Take a moment, close your eyes. Look at the space in front of your eyes. Think of it as an empty screen or white board.
Think of a picture of something and place it on the board. Write the word that describes the picture on the board. Erase the picture and leave the word.
Find time to put words on the board. Do math problems on the board. Place pictures on the board. Take them away and put new pictures on the board.
I have used this board when I stumble on something in my conversation. I see the word that I am having difficulty pronouncing and then I am able to read the word.
Take time when there is a space for quiet.
Bring up one word, one picture, or one sound at a time and put them on the board. Take only one image and make it real, colorful, and accurate. Be able to erase the picture and leave the screen.
Take time to activate the screen and leave it alone. Find ways to make it useful in your daily routine.
Use it as needed when there is a blank stare and the words or ideas are difficult to pull forward.
Use the screen when you have time to activate the possibilities.
Take time to rest often during this activity.
How did Evergreen help you in your career?
I began Evergreen as a member of the first year student body and completed my BA in 1974 as one of the first graduating students. Being able to create an independent educational experience carried my life forward for decades. As my life moved forward I completed a Feldenkrais training in 1997 and have been practicing in the Seattle area since. Both of these experiences brought learning how to integrate knowledge with practical lifestyle patterns into daily living. There are synergistic moments that culminate into the path of our lives bringing us to the place where we are presently living. In 2000 I had a surgery that resulted in a brain injury and foreign accent syndrome.
Evergreen provided me with a foundation of independent learning principles that have assisted in my ability to face the challenges of working with a personal brain trauma, strive to complete a MA in somatic movement studies and author a book for people in the healing process. Tenacity is necessary to meeting the daily life presented to people. Evergreen assisted in bringing forward the skills and abilities for the evaluations and assessments necessary to create the world in which I live. Thank you Evergreen and the incredible programs available.