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Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry on "Being Me Again" Retired Soccer Star Briana Scurry on "Being Me Again"

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[Briana Scurry] To be me again—that is my aspiration. I—at some of the darker areas that I experienced, I thought back about the 1999 World Cup Final, 90,000 people—that stage— and I thought about myself in that goal. And I thought about how I handled that situation. And one of the saddest things for me was— for me, the depression got so bad, I couldn't imagine how I even did that. Because at that point, I was so distracted, and couldn't concentrate and couldn't focus and I couldn't even imagine being in a goal, playing, with all these things happening at the same time— and people zig-zagging—how could I concentrate on the ball? And how did I do that? And I—I'm sitting there and I'm like, if I went out there right now and tried to do that—I don't know if I could do it. But it—but it was sad, because I was like, I know that was me—I did that. So if I did it once, I could do it again. But I thought—that level of focus that I had, the ability to shut out the entire crowd, to focus on that one girl, and to focus on that ball— and I knew—I knew no matter where she kicked it, I was going to get it. And I'm like—how did I know that? That was just how my brain worked, right—that was just how my mind worked. But it wasn't doing that anymore, and I'm like—how can I get back to that? And that's—that's where I want to get back to. The Briana Scurry that could tune out 90,000 people, focus on the single ball and know where it was going. That's what I'm trying to become again, and I'm going to keep going until I get there.

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"The Briana Scurry who could tune out 90,000 people during the World Cup and focus on a single ball and know I could keep it out of the goal ... that is who I want to be again."

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Produced by Christian Lindstrom, Justin Rhodes, and Victoria Tilney McDonough, BrainLine.

Briana ScurryBriana Scurry is widely thought of as one of the world’s best female soccer goalkeepers. After being named starting goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team in 1994, she helped lead the team in two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2004), a World Cup  championship (1999), and she had 173 international appearances — a record among female soccer players.

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Brianna, Different life but same story. I took me three years after TBI and surgery to leave aside the old me. I can't express how sad it was. Like you I was intensely driven and had been at the top of my game. My life is different now, I could not have expected how different. The unexpected is not bad, just different. I could wish I had not 'wasted' three years in denial. But I'm not unhappy with my life know. Peace and love, from one survivor to another.

Feb 6th, 2014 10:18am

Briana Scurry - Thank you for speaking so clearly about the concept of focus.  I was born with Inattentive ADHD including auditory processing disorder (Organic Brain Syndrome due to a birth head injury).  It wasn't until about age 21 that I discovered a medicine caffeine (NoDoz - St. Louis, Mo type only) helped me focus a little;  six years later I discovered an even more effective medicine than NoDoz (Tirend - special formula);  also, I became aware that an anti-motion medicine (Bonine) worked a little for me.  NoDoz, Tirend, and Bonine for me work for about four hours to temporarily improve sensory processing in me in major ways (not a cure, only real, temporary improvement).  This does not mean those medicines will work for you at all.  They might or might not work a little.  I have written two educational books about my experience.  Both contain introductions by Anita Uhl Brothers, M.D.  I live in Blue Springs, Missouri.  Email me if you want to talk. There is lot more about the above FDA approved medicines which is highly relevant - quite important (as to why they work).  My age is 67.  Charles Thomas Wild.  Thank you.

Jan 31st, 2014 8:38am


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