Hello Angela! What is your background?
I'm surprisingly highly educated for a patient. My education is also in the area of my injury.
I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Special Education. When my accident happened, I had just started as a child behavior therapist for Sierra Co Mental Health in CA. Prior I had been the program manager of the Stockton, CA UCP Early Intervention program. At that place I worked with babies who had brain bleeds. I knew my prognosis, and it wasn't good.
Among your published papers, which one is your favorite?
About Me: Angela Ronson Part 1: Not a Vegetable at All, but a White Crow, by Dr Melvin Morse. This is the first in a series of articles he did on me. There are links to the others here:.
I did: What Kind of Vegetable Am I? in Stroke Connection Magazine, July/Aug 2009. This is the 1st part of 'What Kind of Vegetable Am I?' ... which is a published on-line support for rare neurological issues.
I also maintain 2 blogs: Know How which is for persons with and those helping persons with brain injury.
The Thoughtful Vegetable. These are thoughts, ideas, and any info not useful to a brain injured patient. Info useful to the doctor may be in here.
Actually, music plays a big part in all this. I participated in The Healing Arts Program (music) at El Camino Hospital. If you learn more about me you'll find that my grandmother was a piano teacher. I play piano, guitar, and trumpet. I took years of piano lessons. My current interest in music here.
What drives you in your day-to-day life?
What got me started was basically being told I can't do anything. I have an "I'll show them" attitude. Also, I saw the others who had no clue what was going on. Not only were they told they can't do anything, but they didn't know why.
What is the most exciting part of your life?
That would be the comments I get from others. The best comments from people are the ones that say I taught them something, or a brain injury isn't the end of the world.
The least exciting?
The least exciting would be my personal care.
Sci.Ple: Name a scientist whose research inspires you
This one I had to think about. It's not a particular scientist that inspires me. It's not a person, but the concept-to be inquisitive and learn. And then, it's never giving up. A scientist like this was Thomas Edison. There's a lot more, but he is the famous one and people would know about the scientific drive he had after a 100+ tries.
What are the next frontiers in neuroscience?
"The next frontier in neuroscience" is duplicating what happened in me in others who are not expected to live.