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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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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?
Now; 33 years later, I am physically recouped but the brain and executive function are still and always will be impaired but reading this book has helped me understand that I will have days that are good and days that are not so good. It has helped me to better understand my mood swings, anger, thought & learning processes, anxiety, depression & bipolar disorder.
I wish I had read this or had it to read 30 years ago as it would have greatly increased my understanding of TBI and the everyday challenges we, as survivors, face everyday.
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.
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.
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"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First person stories of faith and courage. Everyone could relate in some way. For TBI survivers, it is a must read.Published 20 days ago by linda
Reading what other people go through when you are suffering as well really helps lift your spirits & realize you're not alone.Published 1 month ago by Masooch
This book really opens up your eyes to the view from someone who survived a TBI. This book is perfect for a student with plans of working with TBI's, or someone who is interested... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KBear13
We have a family member with TBI who found this book very comforting. Nothing extraordinary in it and if you're familiar with the other Chicken Soup books, it's very similar.Published 11 months ago by Common Sense ViewPoint
Helpful to people with traumatic brain injury great for education and understandingPublished 12 months ago by cheryl aubuchon
A must-read for those who have gone through a brain injury. It's like having a support group of your very own when it's very hard to find one for medical issues such as this.Published 13 months ago by Sarah Hillmert