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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work Paperback – June 24, 2014

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Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein is a physician and writer with a grown son recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Lee Woodruff is a contributor to CBS This Morning and author whose husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, recovered from a traumatic brain injury incurred while embedded with the military in Iraq.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; 1 edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611599385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611599381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so impressed with the caliber of writing in this remarkable collection of stories, both by the TBI survivors and their family members or caregivers. It is a difficult subject to treat but the outcomes described in the stories gave hope and comfort to readers like myself. I am proud to have my own story "Sometimes the Little Fish Wins" included in the book.

Life hasn't always been easy, given my impaired memory resulting from my traumatic brain injury. But I've been fortunate enough to find ways to compensate for this lack over the years, even writing a book "HEALING THROUGH HUMOR: CHANGE YOUR FOCUS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!" to share my own struggles (everything from a traumatic brain injury from a head-on auto accident to breast cancer) and the remedies I found to assist my coping.

A helpful way for TBI survivors to begin their own path to recovery is to read the stories shared in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries." This book goes way beyond the message of "you're not alone." Who know the possibilities they'll discover for themselves along the way?
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This book in one sense is good because it does give descriptions (although very, very brief) of many different types of Traumatic Brain Injuries. I suffered mine a bit over two years ago, and just knowing of others who have had similar experiences is oddly comforting. That said, this book on the whole rarely goes beyond feel good, uplifting, "I'm OK..., no, I'm great" type of writing. Oh, and almost everyone ends their story by thanking God (or Jesus). Not to many tears here. Just hold His hand and He'll guide you through it.

Does anyone ever question why, if He exists and is so intent on helping us He didn't, say, sprinkle a little sand on the ice so that the person wouldn't ever have slipped and hit his head? No, no deep questions in this book. No deep thoughts. No unhappy endings. No crippling job losses and unemployment. No piles of unpaid medical bills. No calls from medical debt collectors, No divorce. No alienation from family and friends. No isolation. No despair. Instead, we mostly get a kinda creepy hug from the editors and writers. Maybe I'm mistaken to think that many (most?) of us TBI survivors face no such rosy futures. Maybe I'm the odd man out??

I think "Head Cases" is a much more realistic look at TBI in America. That said, however. this book is good in that you might come across a story of a TBI case similar to yours. And that does help, somewhat. And, if "uplifting" is what you seek, this book (not Head Cases) is for you.
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Being a TBI survivor, I wish I had had this book 3 years ago. I have been thru hell and back, but this book validates my feelings and struggles and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK not only to the TBI patient but the family members as well. It opens up a whole new and TRUEST world about BRAIN INJURY.
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I was so glad to find this book. My husband suffered a traumatic brain injury four and half years ago. I cried along with several of the stories, but it is a healing kind of crying. These are powerful stories and reading them has helped my husband and I to remember not to give up, and to keep trying every single day for recovery.
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I have a traumatic brain injury and I truly appreciate reading the selections in this book!
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Each recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury has, not only its unique path and timetable, but also many, many facets. There are different and specific needs at each level of recovery and this book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, serves up a heaping bowl full of positive evidence for the searching survivor.

At some point, most survivors reach a plateau where their immediate circle of support and understanding can only take them so far. Unable or, perhaps, unwilling to comprehend a changing future that boasts many positive opportunities and choices, it is a place where many abandon their hope and expectation for successful recovery from TBI.

Amy Newmark and Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein's collection of survivors' stories provides overwhelming evidence of hope where often none seems to linger. These people have fallen and risen again, many to greater heights than previously imagined.

Hats off to the wonderful people willing to share their stories and share their light. Congratulations to Ms. Newmark and Dr. Roy-Bornstein for crafting a vessel on which the light can travel to even the darkest corners of need.

Kara Swanson, author of the book, "I'll Carry the Fork! Recovering a Life After Brain Injury"
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I heard about this book from a friend. I was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome and I felt so alone. No one I knew had ever had post concussion syndrome or knew anything about it. My brain badly needed to recover and I was a mess emotionally, cognitively and physically. I ended up finding a support group where someone mentioned this book.

Being that I have severe Vision problems as a result of my concussion, I didn't know it it would be difficult for me to read this book. I was excited when it arrived. I read it slowly at the pace my eyes and brain could handle. Reading stories of people recovering and surviving TBI made me feel like I wasn't alone suffering from some crazy illness that people thought was in my head.

If you know someone that has a TBI its a great gift and also a good book for friends and family of those with TBI.
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