After 26 years of struggling with learning disabilities, Cole Cohen discovered she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon.
Cohen has reportedly struggled with day-to-day activities, such as basic math, reading an analog clock, and judging if a car is coming closer. Her learning difficulties were attributed to attention deficit disorder, though it wasn’t until 2007 at the age of 26 that the real problem was discovered.
An occupational therapist in Portland, Oregon suggested Cohen get an MRI scan, which when a neurologist found a hole in her brain.
In her new book "Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders," Cohen describes the process of her diagnosis.
“Dr. Volt is behind his desk; his computer monitor is turned toward us,” Cohen writes. “I don’t understand the image in front of me … I tell myself that this is a spot on the film, which it's way too large to actually be.”
Volt explained that the hole in the left side of her brain was not a mistake and that it was about the size of a lemon or a 10-year-old’s fist. He added that had the hole been in her frontal lobe, she would have been mentally handicapped. Doctors have no idea what caused the hole, according to Cohen.
Now, she knows to strengthen the impaired side of her brain. Cohen has begun putting computer folders on the left side of her desktop or sitting to the right of her professor. However, she still struggles with things like basic human interaction.
“I’ve actually looked at my watch to see how long to say hi to my roommate,” Cohen writes.
Sine the diagnosis, Cohen has said that she is no longer asked to do things she’s incapable of and that just knowing what the problem is has helped her struggle less.
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