Experiencing a few car accidents throughout her life, Maureen is no stranger to sustaining and then recovering from a multitude of neck and back injuries. However, her accident in 2014 would lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with symptoms that couldn’t be healed with her usual treatments.

We sat down with Maureen to understand how and when she found her “why” to start and complete PoNS TreatmentTM and what she would say to other TBI patients who are considering a new form of treatment to address their balance deficits.

Recognize When it’s Time to Try Something New

Immediately after Maureen’s accident, it became apparent things were not normal. Because of her difficulty with balance, Maureen struggled to walk on her own.

Maureen worked closely with her rehab team and especially with her Occupational Therapist (OT) to improve her balance.

Knowing Maureen’s health history, her OT introduced her to an episode of “The Nature of Things,” which featured a study at the University of Wisconsin testing the PoNSTM device.  As an OT herself, Maureen was very excited by the opportunity PoNSTM presented for her recovery. Due to Maureen’s similar symptoms to those in the study, her OT found a similar study in Canada with Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic.

After reaching out to the clinic, Maureen became a research participant and started to see improvements in her symptoms. From this point forward, Maureen continued to advocate for herself, beginning PoNS TreatmentTM as soon as it was authorized in Canada.

A Strong Support System is Key

While Maureen was motivated to begin the 14 weeks of PoNS TreatmentTM, she acknowledges that beginning a new treatment was all the easier with support from her friends, family and clinician.

After first learning about PoNS TreatmentTM, Maureen was eager to share research papers, articles and videos on PoNSTM with her clinician, who was equally as excited about this treatment.

Having friends and family in her life acknowledge her improvements was another great motivator for Maureen. Each time someone commented on how she had progressed with PoNSTM, she knew she was doing the right thing for her wellbeing.

“Other people noticed me improving. I would get comments from family members or friends I hadn’t seen in a while and that was very motivating!”

Never Settle if You’re Not Happy

After her accident, Maureen recalls many people in her life telling her “this is the new you,” in response to her TBI symptoms.

Unable to reconcile with the idea she may never be able to walk without aid or engage in a host of activities again, Maureen was determined to prove everyone wrong. She knew she had to make a major change to be able to live the life she wanted.

While Maureen acknowledges it can be scary to begin a new form of treatment and get out of your comfort zone, it is worse to be stuck in a state where you are unhappy.

Remember Your Passions

From the very moment Maureen recognized her TBI symptoms would hold her back, she was determined to find a treatment that would allow her to engage in the activities she loves.

As an active person in the past, she used her desire to get back outdoors to keep her motivated.  Watching herself become more balanced and stronger with each session of PoNS TreatmentTM, Maureen knew she would one day return to her favourite activities.

Now that she has completed her 14 weeks, Maureen feels like she is able to participate in life again and can engage once more with her loved ones and her favourite pastimes. When Maureen was asked what advice, she would give to others considering PoNS TreatmentTM for their TBI symptoms, her response was simple, “Bite the bullet and do it.”

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Disclaimer: Individual patient results and experiences may vary.