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Brain, Heal Thyself: A Caregiver's New Approach to Recovery from Stroke, Aneurism, and Traumatic Brain Injury Paperback – May 30, 2006


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; 1 edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571744762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571744760
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.... Siles used her knowledge of AA's 12-step program and subconscious communication and visualization techniques (for) her friend's recovery .... Recommended. -- Library Journal Review, June 15, 2006<br /><br />A holistic rehabilitation plan, drawing on experience as practitioner of A.A.'s 12-Step program and personal knowledge of subconscious communication techniques. -- Woman's Radio<br /><br />Provides an excellent, well-written description of her frustrations...but takes one step further by making recommendations for nonstandard methods. --American Psychological Association

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Amazon's computers erroneously state that the author cites 6 books such as Merry Christmas, The Grand Canyon, etc. in Brain, Heal Thyself. None of these books are cited, nor do they have anything to do with the content of Brain, Heal Thyself, which is about caregiving a brain trauma survivor. Signed, The Author

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

EUREKA! MEMORIES AND MOTIVATIONS and BRAIN, HEAL THYSELF are based on Madonna Siles's experience as the caregiver of her best friend, Eve, the survivor of a near-fatal brain aneurysm (a level 5 cerebral hemorrhage). Eve's "insured" recovery spanned six months in ICU, a nursing home, another hospital, a month in a rehabilitation hospital and three months of intensive out-patient physical, speech, cognitive, psychological and occupational therapies. After all that, Eve was still the shell of a functioning human being.

Desperate to help her friend, Siles developed a holistic, home rehabilitation plan based on the belief that Eve's subconscious mind would do whatever it takes to help Eve survive.

As the days passed into months, Siles realized that if she didn't start practicing relaxation and stress control for herself, she would be of little help to Eve.

In developing her "home rehabilitation program-for-two", Siles drew from her experience as a practitioner of the 12-step program, her knowledge of subconscious communication techniques, and her experience with motivational techniques gleaned from a career as an advertising communicator. She learned about the subconscious mind's amazing powers, and the various methods to invoke its help in the healing process, while working as a public relations consultant for Lawrence J. Beuret, M.D.

Siles is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in caregiver life coaching. She devotes her free time to artistically expressing the natural beauty of Door County, Wisconsin, a tourist destination nestled between the sparkling waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with a B.S. in Communications. Her web site is: Eurekamaster.com; e-mail: mms (at) eurekamaster.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Shivley on June 24, 2006
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Anyone looking for inspiration dealing with a chronic illness or a brain injury...heck, anyone looking for just a darn good "read"... will find Siles' memoir of best friend Eve's aneurysm recovery fascinating and downright remarkable. Siles' direct, humorous, and brutally honest style draws the reader in from the first sentence. You'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement with her assessments of often contradictory medical thinking and cheering Eve on as she, under Siles' practical guidance, begins her remarkable recovery. If you doubt that belief in a higher power, a positive attitude, and dogged perserverance don't effect recovery, you're wrong. They're just as important as medical science and Siles and Eve prove it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Bailey on June 22, 2006
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For anyone thrust without warning or experience into the role of caregiver for someone recovering from a brain injury or stroke, this book is a must-read. Ms. Siles easy style of writing brings you to tears with her down to earth honesty yet can also make you laugh as she describes the impishness of Eve as she begins her recovery. It gives hope to those who have been told their love one is destined to be a vegetable the rest of his/her life. Ms. Siles and Eve prove doctors don't always know best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Hanafin Elliott on April 6, 2006
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Ms. Siles has written one of the most inspiring books I've had the pleasure to read! Her story of a friend's recovery from brain injury, from a non-medical point of view, is fascinating, and will bring great hope to other care-givers and victims alike.

The most compelling aspect of this book is its honesty. It should be "required reading" for all doctors and patients who face stroke, aneurism, and brain injury.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Angie on July 12, 2007
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I am a caregiver for someone recovering from a stroke - so I read the second part of the book first, where Madonna takes Eve home and begins her common sense and using-everything-she-ever-learned-in-life approach to helping her friend recover. Every occupational therapist in America should be required to read this book. It's a great book, an easy read, by a wonderful, creative, funny, honest human being. Madonna will cause you to start thinking creatively about how you can help your loved one in your daily interactions with them. A must read for anyone helping someone recover emotionally and/or cognitively, because relating to them as if they are still a competent human being is vital for rebuilding their confidence to keep trying, and by continued trying they recover.(that's a bit of knowledge that our medical community has failed to pick up on)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eve Kasper on July 22, 2008
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I do not remember the excrutiating pain I was apparently in when I had my brain aneurysm. Nor do I recall my months of recovery in hospitals and the nursing home. But I am very grateful that my friend and caregiver never gave up on using her emotion-based approach to brain rehab. I typed the manuscript for Brain, Heal Thyself. I also proofread it. I believe all caregivers and stroke patients (who can read) SHOULD read Brain, Heal Thyself. This caregiving method saved my life. I give this book seven stars!
Eve
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Happy on July 10, 2009
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This is a good book about the before, during and after of a drama like brain injuries. The author explains how lonely is the care-taker and how overwhelming is the task. I am in a similare situation as my husband had a stroke at the young age of 46 and I found support and understanding through the pages of this book.
All the aspects are approached like the difficulties, the fears, the financial aspects etc.... a well as the hope, the happiness related to each achievement, the ups and downs and the faith into a future, different from the past but still worth fighting for life.
A must read
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NEH on April 16, 2008
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This book was interesting, but not particularly helpful in terms of information. I sincerely hope the caregiver has stopped smoking since this is one of the number one causes of stroke and I can't imagine smoking around a stroke victim. The degree of care provided to the stroke victim by the author is interesing as it certainly did not impress me as what would be provided by someone in a true caretaker role--no mention of attending PT sessions, meeting with physicians, etc. Also no real information on what was helpful and what wasn't in terms of care. There's a big deal made about the link between the author's experience in advertising and her ability to motivate/inspire the victim, but this was not evident to me at all in the actual text of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Mattingly on July 31, 2009
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Every stroke, aneurysm, traumatic brain injury is different which is one reason it is so tough to deal with recovery, especially with the "at home stage". My husband suffered a massive stroke with evolved to a crainectomy so I have gone thru years of being a caretaker.

what I loved this book is that so many of the suthor's situations and emotions were so "spot on". From being totally overwhelmed in the beginning that one is primarily reacting vs being pro active in dealing with the days after "the event", to learning how to take one day at a time or celebrating one small improvement, to evolving/figuring out a home treatment plan. The hard parts are coming up with ideas for home rehab because the survivor and caretaker are left on their own, and most important, for the caretaker not to get lost in the process.

It was well worth reading.
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