Cora is one of the first “Instagram” friends I made and founder of Beads for Brains. We bonded over our experience with concussions and Post-Concussion S
Cora makes beautiful beaded bracelets as a way to help her cope and to raise awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome. Follow her on Instagram and see her beautiful work. Her feed is full of positive vibes.
Here is her own story in her own words!
Beads for Brains
“Hi! I’m a Cora, from Toronto, Canada and the face behind Beads For Brains. In May I suffered a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), I have been struggling with Post-Concussion Syndrome since. I experience daily headaches, extreme
I like to say that recently I have been “returning to lifestyle”, slowly returning to work, school, sport, social activity. It’s been a challenge for me to push myself to do things, but not enough to exacerbate my symptoms – living in a “threshold” is a lot easier said than done! I wish I that I had known more about recovery time and patience. My personal journey has been a lot slower than I had ever anticipated, but I’m thankful for my team of health care providers and support system.
I choose not to let this define me, my goals and aspirations, and my wellbeing. Despite all the challenges of my highly misunderstood “invisible illness,” I am grateful for the perspective this injury has given me. I have learned so much about the brain, about my body, about perseverance.
I started beading as my therapy. It was a quiet place for me to get “outside of my head” and participate in an activity that both my body and mind could tolerate. It holds a non-judgmental and therapeutic outlet for me to be creative, network, and give back to the brain injury community.
I donate a percentage of my monthly profits to brain health initiatives and neurological research. Please help me spread love, awareness and join my movement!”