My name is Melanie Wienhoven.
I have become an expert on post-concussion syndrome recovery by accident (yes, literally!).
In the 6,5 years after my accident, I’ve gone from totally lost and depressed to completely recovered and driven by purpose.
Now, I’m here to share hope and to help you recover faster, so you can live the life that you love, ASAP!
How my concussion accident happened
A few weeks after landing a traineeship straight out of university, I was cycling back home from work in the warm evening sun. It was 2012 and I was 24. As I was cycling, I enjoyed the sunlight entering my eyes after a day in my corporate office building.
Suddenly, I realized something was wrong. I didn’t have time to analyze what it was (my head lamp breaking off and swinging in between the spokes of my front wheel, blocking it entirely). My instincts took over and I hit the breaks, but it was already too late. I was launched over the steer of my bike and landed on the rock-hard street.
I hit the pavement on hands and knees, and didn’t hit my head. My back, neck and head did make a whiplash movement as my brain smashed into my skull like pudding in a shaken jar.
I didn’t pass out, and I consciously experienced a lot of sensations in that moment.
A sharp pain pierced my skull. It was like nothing I have ever felt and have felt ever since. The taste of metal filled my mouth. A loud ringing sounded in my head.
And then I realized that I couldn’t see. My eyes were open right? I checked by blinking heavily. Yes, my eyes were open. I realized that the only thing I could see was a thick black. Strangely enough, my senses mixed and I experienced the black color as seeing something “thick” like custard.
As a man grabbed me off the street: I felt his hands and heard his voice, but couldn’t understand his words. It sounded like I was inside a fish bowl filled with water and he was out there. Golden dashes started to rain down into the thick black. My brain started to distinguish words. And finally, my sight slowly came back.
With trembling legs, I got back on my bike and cycled home. I went to bed without dinner and I slept for more than 14 hours until my alarm woke me up.
The next morning, everything just felt like a bad dream.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and I prepared for work. When I got outside to get my bike, my body froze. Fear, danger. I was raised to practice discipline, so I told myself that I would create a problem if I didn’t get on my bike right now.
So I shut off all thoughts and emotions and told myself to just do it. It didn’t work the first times I tried. Eventually, I managed to force myself to get on my bike. It was the worst bike ride ever.
There were moments when I jumped off the bike, unable to move any further. There were moments when I braced for impact because I saw something moving in the corner of my eye. I shivered. I panicked. It took me more than an hour to get to work – instead of 20 minutes.
I was exhausted before the day had started.
Nothing was going to change if I didn’t change.
I decided I wasn’t going to give up on my life, my dreams, my recovery
And this is how a new era of challenges started.
I spent years…
Analyzing all the literature I could find
Studying the brain
Digging deep into the science of concussions
Studying all the experts in the field
Diving deep into cutting edge research
Finding doctors that weren’t afraid to deviate from protocol
Reshaping the lessons I learned in the clinic
Testing different diets
And aside from the innumerable hours of studying and researching, I engaged in a lot of experimentation.
I tried a ton of things. I experimented on myself to find out what worked and what didn’t.
And then I combined all I’d learned.
Everything that I sudied and all experimentations taught me something.
I started working on a method, combining and refining everything I had found.
For years, I built on this method that I eventually cured myself with from post-concussion syndrome.
There are no words to describe the amount of effort that went into it.
E-ve-ry-thing I learned shaped the method that I created for you to use as well. And this is what you’ll find inside the Cure My Concussion course.
I want all my work, everything I had to learn and discover, to help you, too.
I want it to be easier for you than it was for me. And what’s more, I don’t want you to feel alone in the midst of it all.
You are not alone
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