Having a Voice
We named our health research center Gravitas because your brain is the most critical organ in your body. Your health, your talent, your ideas, your memories, your relationships, and your profession is supported by the most amazing, complex, and miraculous part of your anatomy.
While any doctor you see checks your blood pressure, even though they aren’t a cardiologist, no doctor checks to make sure that your brain isn’t being hurt by the health conditions they are treating you for, the medications they use to treat them, or considering brain injury or disease you have when they treat you for something else. And, for the same reason doctors who aren’t a cardiologist treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all doctors need to protect your brain because there are over 200 million people with a brain health condition and 40,000 Neurologists and Psychiatrists to treat them.
Oncologists know that people being treated with chemotherapy or radiation are at high risk of developing short-term dementia. Or, we hope its short term - doctors don’t assess or measure it. Traumatic brain injury causes more chronic conditions, as well as brain.
Here’s where your voice counts. We are doing the hard part to change treatment policy and get doctors paid for their time to include brain health in their practice. We want to supplement this with your input about your treatment preferences so we can align you and your doctor. Take the time to answer the questions in I Am Heard Today. Okay, we’re short on whiz bang technology until we get more donations, but help us out.
Being Yourself and Feeling Good About It
This whole crazy or stupid stigma has to go. When you think about brain health as a part of physical health, it's just a part of being human. Talking about brain health with your doctor, getting the treatment you need, and having a clear, capable head on your shoulders gives you more confidence and vitality than you can imagine.
Spending Less Money and Time on Health Services
When you are already sick, brain health problems are not only common, they are expensive. Things like depression or anxiety start slow - maybe aching joints, back pain, fatigue, or worry. That turns into more doctors' visits, tests, and copays. Head injury like stroke or a Traumatic Brain Injury can bring on a host of physical conditions and bad reactions from medications. The cognitive problems from those, or the effects of chemotherapy or radiation, can make you feel like you're going nuts. More doctor visits, often to new doctors, so more tests and more copays.