Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My AWESOME Neuromentor!

Since my last post and many crazy neurological tests later, I had a very powerful and unique experience. Our fearless leaders, Kyle Martin and Sara Turner, introduced me to a woman named Diane Van Deren, who had a similar surgical procedure on her brain that I am currently being evaluated for. The procedure is called a temporal lobectomy, which means they remove the part of the brain where the seizures start (in hers and my case, the right temporal lobe).

Up until the day I met Diane, there was always a part of me that yearned to have someone to talk to who can REALLY relate to what I'm going through, both neurologically and emotionally. Someone who has experienced it. Don't get me wrong, I have had unbelievable support from friends and family as I continue the process, but there is something incredible about this connection.

First, let me tell you a bit about Diane. This woman is an international adventure phenom! Since her surgery 10 years ago, which has freed her completely of seizures and meds, Diane has conquered incredible outdoor pursuits. Check out these links to learn more about her:

To make a long story short, Diane is an inspiration to me. She represents what is possible, despite facing a serious reality such as brain surgery. Her first-hand experience with brain surgery, and support as I go through the evaluation process has been invaluable. We share a common passion of challenging ourselves in the outdoors, which makes the relationship even more unique and exciting. I look forward to sharing in outdoor adventures with her (after she returns from running the Great Wall of China in May!!).

At Outdoor Mindset, our hope is to provide a network that inspires these types of mentor connections among individuals who face similar situations, much like Diane and I have. Check us out! Your involvement will be instrumental in helping yourself and others live big, despite our f'ed up brains.

Over and out....

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful that the vision of Outdoor Mindset has already made a mentor connection. We look forward to meeting you & Diane. It is so awesome to see this vision become a reality! You are such an asset to the organization. The Martins