- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452011796
- ISBN-13: 978-1452011790
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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Getting There... The Story Within The Life Becoming The Life Within The Story! Paperback – June 22, 2010
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Getting There...The story within the life becoming the life within the story is simply unique. After closed head Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI where cranium is not broken), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI fractures and dislocation to vertebrae C5 C6 C7 & T1), Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI), 63 days of non-responsive coma, the options for me by the surgeon were to be dead or a vegetable but I am here sharing and exchanging with you. I understand the rarity of my recovery from my fatal injury but my autobiography is more than a "simple" account of my injury.
I'm M.D. Birmingham and to be honest I haven't been able to do much leisure reading since Feb 11th, 2007. The year of 2007 after awakening (emerging & merging) from my 63 day non-responsive coma reading wasn't an ability that I was easily capable to do. It's not because I couldn't read and comprehend (as with illiteracy), or my earlier stages of hand dexterity deficits (no gross motor skills). It wasn't because of shortened attention span due to stimuli overload; it was my double vision (best generally explained as a side effect from my coma and injury nature of DAI). Whether it was a large magazine page or typically sized book, whenever I looked at the words on the page it was like staring at a "wordsearch." All the letters were jumbled on the page and it took much consistent effort to retrain my vision to follow the page line by line; along with my mind. Aside from books and pages with writing, typical exit signs and labels with writing (on doors, etc) that I encountered in my "world" (inpatient hospitalized stay) were seen either as a "wordsearch" or double. The double vision caused the same object to appear as you would see if you were to cross your eyes while reading this. One set of the writing is slightly off to the other side (left or right) and a bit lower than its "twin." I did overcome this challenge through the help of time and creating my own strategies to no longer see double but only one object (like 1year olds or younger, vision tests were obviously not possible). Needless to say, that was only one challenge I overcame to write my own autobiography titled Getting There... and yes I did type it entirely prior to submitting as a galley; along with this whole message.
About the Author
I am being myself always, an eternal optimist of the human spirit! I can claim and list many things I think I am, but in the end, I am only "what you see." No matter my credentials I can list for undergraduate and graduate GPA's during college or writing experiences ranging from formal (independent studies and thesis) to informal ("Facebook's" Eternal Optimism), you still determine what any of "it" means to you. How does one measure a person's worth without a perspective of the individual? How does one show that perspective's accuracy without actions? Then the following question is how to measure those actions, is it done quantitatively or qualitatively? All in all, we endure different challenges during our journey known as life. Our challenges cannot be compared against each other's because we differ in what we do and will tolerate. We have different "threshold levels," yet I am you and you are me, human. We share the same characteristics, but our displays of them are different. We all have love, happiness, hope, motivation, and drive to name a small few of the innate traits we share. I believe in "The eternal strife of a positive perspective despite all things, with continual effort to achieve it (E.O)."
M. D. Birmingham and his fiancé have one daughter, Isabella. Getting There... was written during Birmingham's rehabilitation process. This is his first book.
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