Research tells us that it’s very possible to halt or reverse MCI. So the science is there.
But what I want to understand is how real people take that science and bring it into the real world and make it work for the them.
So I’ve been working on a book that, and I’m looking to publish it soon, as in, before the end of the year.
And the crux of the book is not that it can be done. We know it can be done.
The crux of the book is — how? How do people actually do it? How can you do it?
And it turns out the first thing you have to do is the hardest. But if you do it, and you get it right, the rest of it becomes gets easier, and you can succeed. That’s what I want to talk about today.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing, of GoCogno.com, the website for people with mild cognitive impairment.
I see people who are halting or reversing cognitive loss, and I want to know, how are they getting these results when other people aren’t? What’s working for them? And they’ve been glad to tell me.
The answers aren’t simple. They aren’t something I can tell you in a 5-minute video. That’s why I’m writing a book.
But I can tell you this. When I look at the people who I have seen halt or reverse their MCI, they did the hardest thing first. But once they did that, they were on their way to success and they succeeded. And they did it in the most unremarkable ways.
Not one of them reached into the sky and brought down a bolt of lightning. There is not one single thing they did that I would describe as dramatic or monumental.
They are just ordinary, everyday people who said, “Dammit, I want my brain back. My cognition is worth defending, and I’m going to defend it.”
And they set about making small, simple changes in their life, and sustained the effort long enough to let those changes work for them.
So yeah, once you make that decision to defend your cognition, there is still a lot of work to do. And it’s usually not one thing. It’s a lot of things that you have to piece together, in the way that works for you.
Because you are the only person who has your version of MCI. What worked for someone else won’t work for you. You have to have your own, individualized plan of action.
The meat of my book is showing you how to do that. How to put together your own personalized approach, based on your unique vulnerabilities. I can show you that. And a good doctor can help you do that. And there are a ton of great resources that I can point you to.
But for any of that to work, there’s something you have to bring to it on your own. A determination to defend your cognition and a willingness to stick with it for as long as it takes.
I saw a quote from Amelia Earhart, and it reminds me of every single person I have ever seen halt or reverse their MCI. She said: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.”
Start with that, and there are people who can help you get the rest of the way. I want to be one of them, and very soon, I will start sharing portions of the book, even before its published. So watch for that. Coming soon. I think you’ll find it helpful.
Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll see you again next week. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind.
(P.S. — I’ve begun a waiting list for people who are interested in the book. If you want to be on the list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll alert you when the book is published.)