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Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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
About the Author
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!”
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We might look the same on the outside, but inside is a very different story!!
Her struggle is like so many other people's struggle with a brain injury, but what I liked about this book is that it was told from the perspective of the patient. She gave me so much insight into what is going on inside my husband's head, what he's feeling and thinking. I now understand him so much better than I did before.
I laughed in a lot of places because Ross tells her story with such humor. And I cried in a few places because I knew where her pain and the unanswered questions were coming from.
Even if you don't know anyone with a brain injury, I highly recommend this book. Its a quick, well-written read. If you do know someone with a brain injury then I consider this book a must-read.
I usually try to remember to be grateful for where I am and what I've got. Just now I am at a point where it isn't that easy though and I often find myself feeling miserable and sorry for myself. What a perfect time to come across this book! Maria has reminded me to be thankful for the wonderful people I have in my life and to allow the heart-warming thought that I have actually brought them into my life and kept them close myself.
I am far from such an extreme turning point as she had to tackle. Still, her words have struck a chord in me and given me a bit of a boost to take on my own challenges. And seeing I only tripped over this gem because I had to re-establish all folders and contents of around 600 books) on a new device - and not without complaining loudly, I might add - this proves once more true the old word of wisdom: things happen for a reason. In this case, me reading Maria's story at the right time to give me that kick in the butt.
Thank you Maria, for sharing this part of your life and for encouraging people to accept things they can't change and to rise to the challenge when they can.