A captivating, deeply authentic memoir of a devastating illness and a heroic recovery. Maria Ross' memoir Rebooting My Brain is a testament to one woman's personal courage and a reminder that health is a tenuous treasure. --Carol Cassella, best-selling author of Oxygen and Healer
Maria Ross weaves a tale of inspiration, love and hope about an active woman reclaiming her life after an unexpected crisis. Her humorous and honest voice leaps off the page and makes you feel as if you re talking to her over coffee, even when she s describing medical procedures. This is a must-read for anyone who s ever had the rug pulled out from under them, not just brain injury survivors and their families. --Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy: A Girl s Story
Rebooting My Brain is a deeply moving account of Maria Ross s brain aneurysm and her struggle to come to terms with it. She has written a memoir full of humor, grace, and hope, making it clear such a devastating injury can be overcome and can even serve as a means of discovering what is truly important in this life. --Nick O Connell, author of On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature and founder of TheWritersWorkshop.net.
The vivacious memoir writer was a marketing and business-branding consultant before her brain exploded. Just like there are no atheists in the foxhole, we can say there are no folks who don't examine their lives after they almost lose it.
I believe the book is valuable for several reasons. First, Ross is not a professional writer. She doesn't lie or fictionalize. Her experiences strike me as authentic, compared to many other memoirs. She truly writes with unabashed candor. She had an aneurysm and survived. After the cerebral hemorrhage, she was blind for six weeks and suffered horrible physical pain. She lost her memory and vocabulary. She had eye surgeries, brain surgeries, personal therapies, MRIs, drugs, in-home care, group therapies; the whole business might have cost a million dollars without insurance. What if her husband had not worked at Microsoft, which had excellent benefits?
The post-aneurysm months were excruciating, but with tremendous spirit (perhaps that perky marketing optimism helps) we root for her. She's humorous and honest and even describes her myriad of medical procedures as if she's talking about her dog, who figures prominently in her recovery. Her reflections on the tenuous, and even frivolous, nature of health are touching. It's all random. And it doesn't matter who you are or what you believe.
A year and half after almost dying, she decided to write a book. This book tells us about the last two years of Ross's life after her brain injury and the trials and tribulations for her, her husband, Paul, and their friends. Do not ever take life for granted. Now she's 'back' to her life and even admits she's back on the 'hamster wheel', but perhaps with more philosophical reflection focusing on quality more than quantity.-- San Francisco Review
Maria Ross is a consultant, author, speaker and actress who believes that cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. She writes frequently about branding, marketing, entrepreneurship and—even great wine—for such outlets as San Francisco Downtown, IntoWine.com, Sharp Skirts, DiningOutSF, Entrepreneur.com, American Express Open Forum and Seattle Business. Maria is also a dynamic keynote speaker and has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and on MSNBC and KUOW Seattle. She is a lover of animals, red wine, travel, independent film, crime dramas, dry humor, football and Jeopardy. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband Paul and their black Lab mix, Eddie. “Stories have fascinated me since I was a little girl. At six, I wrote the intricate tale of Smedley and his mouse family’s vacation to Disneyworld – and haven’t looked back since. When I started acting as a kid, telling different stories through various roles was like a giant game of make-believe – and still is for me when I act today. Stories told through poetry, film, theatre, advertising, art, dance and even food and wine never cease to enchant me. To me, stories make life worth living as they provoke, inspire – and just plain delight the pants off a captivated audience!”
This book is excellent & highly recommended for anyone struggling with brain injury either as a survivor or a caregiver. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bryen Zimmerman
Just finished reading Maria's book, had my own ruptured aneurysm in '92. This resulted in surgical clipping of the aneurysm. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosemarie
Excellent. Very insightful, informative and educational for anyone that has gone through this event.Published 1 month ago by Anne ANDERSON
Excellent being able to see the patients perspective. Very quick read, I like I was part of the family.Published 2 months ago by Kimberly A Bare
What an inspiring story. This truly shows how motivation, determination and perseverance can drive you to overcome even the hardest obstacles life sends you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhea Weaver
I thought this book thinking it was exercises to improve the brain. Even though it is not, I read it all the way through. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rochelle Gordon
Very informative. My husband had this happen to him in 1972. I wish this kind of treatment was available then. He survived. We had very few resources back then. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kathleena
Great book covering Maria's crazy journey! What a great inspiration for anyone who has experienced a tragic event or accident.Published 6 months ago by Will B.