If your body isn’t working, then your head must. Even though I was sure that MS didn’t affect me cognitively, it turned out it did. When doing neuropsychological testing before my treatment, I was disappointed, embarrassed and angry about my performance (or lack of….)
It turned out that these were specific MS-related areas, so it was no wonder I performed badly on them. No need to be embarrassed.
(Angry, on the other side…….)
Well, the interesting thing is that I improved from 20-65% on the cognitive parameters by doing stem cell transplant.
On the worrying side, I notice that I slightly fall back into degeneration if I don’t do my cognitive exercises. Use it or lose it!
These are my cognitive strategies
- Keep working. Whatever you are good at – keep doing it. Think, write, calculate, present, talk, read…. just do things with your head!
- You must constantly challenge your brain, or it will get lazy. Television does NOT count as challenge or training unless you watch TED. My present challenge is to do this site in English.
- Focus especially on Mathematics and Memory. M&M. It is so fast and so rewarding to get results from doing the easiest math-problems. I subscribe to www.lumosity.com Funny, slightly addictive, and it really gives you improvement.