Source: washingtontimes.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 10/2/2017 –
A few months ago, NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp left his home in Florida to drive to the office of a close friend for lunch — a trip he’d made a thousand times. But this time, he pulled the car over to the side of the road, unable to remember how to get there.
“I went home, just turned around and went back home. I don’t know where I was going, or what I was doing, it must not have been worth it,” Mr. Sapp said in an interview with The Washington Times.
Today, he looks back on that day and laughs, bringing levity to a troubling topic: Repeated impacts imperil football players to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder that can cause memory loss, mood swings, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Mr. Sapp, 44, said he has learned to deal with memory loss by writing himself reminders in his cell phone about what he needs to do on any given day.
“Little things like that I used to take for granted. I had a memory like an elephant,” he said. “Nah, Nah, the elephant has left the room.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Sapp will be a keynote speaker at the second annual Cohen Veterans Care Summit, a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., featuring leading researchers in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.