Life With A Traumatic Brain Injury
On November 28th, 2011, Miranda's life was about to change.
On that fateful day, while kite skiing on the Great Slave Lake, Miranda was lifted high in the air and dropped on her head without a helmet. She was awakened some minutes later by her sled dog Kenzie, who was licking her face.
After seeking medical attention, it was determined she had suffered a significant concussion. In the days that followed, Miranda flew to Vancouver to record the bed tracks for her solo album with producer Bill Buckingham.
Only three weeks after her first concussion, Miranda was getting out of a hot tub, fainted, and hit her head on an inconveniently placed rock. Two days later, as she was preparing her bike for a road trip, she discovered she could not stand up and experienced difficulty speaking.
Miranda flew to her parents home in Ontario, but was eager to return to the North. On January 18th, while back in Yellowknife, Miranda sneezed and hit her head on a metal shelf. She was then hospitalized for a time, but not being one to sit idle in a hospital bed, Currie, left the hospital after a week.
On March 31st, 2012, Miranda played a show at the famous Snow Castle in Yellowknife. As she left the stage, her body went into what some might explain as a conscious seizure. After another two week hospital stay, Currie, began to accept that there was really something wrong and began the arduous task of recovery.
Miranda's recovery involved many doctors, physiotherapists, neurologists and alternative medicine practitioners, as she regained her ability to walk, talk and play music. Miranda lost her ability to play fiddle for about six months. Physiotherapists began by letting her play for only 30 seconds, up to 6 times a day, for two weeks. She eventually worked up to a 30 minute set.
Miranda slept a lot during this time, often for 18 hours a day. Sound was irritating, reading made her nauseas, and talking was tiresome. During her waking hours, Miranda would make up stories in her head to entertain herself. This is how her children's storybook Anna and the Bear was born. It was released on October 26th, 2013.
In January of 2014, Miranda was healthy enough to return to Vancouver to finish recording her solo album. "Up In The Air" will be released on June 19th, 2014 at Yellowknife's Northern Arts and Culture Centre (NACC).
Though Miranda still experiences many challenges as a result of her traumatic brain injury, she firmly believes that "...any goal can be accomplished with focus and perseverance, one step at a time. It is important to believe in yourself and surround yourself with good people."
Miranda partnered with Gaia Clinic a functional medicine clinic in Canmore, AB, that provides cutting edge science in brain mapping and scanning. Her visit to the clinic proved to be life-changing! Click here to read more about her visit to Gaia Clinic on her blog.