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Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child's Traumatic Brain Injury Paperback – January 4, 2010
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"I am someone who does not just believe in miracles, I depend on them. Miracles come in many forms. Some come at the speed of a lightning bolt... body healed... a life saved. But most miracles come about because of incredible hard work and determination, not only by the injured person fighting for his or her way back, but also by the often unsung heroes who do the world of the angels here on earth.
One of these angels is Dixie Fremont-Coskie, who has written UNTHINKABLE. The book not only tells the remarkable story of her son Paul's continuing recovery from a terrible cycling accident, she has also outlined her insights and experiences as a caregiver in the form of a practical handbook to help others who may face similar challenges. I highly recommend this book. As a woman who has had one of my own children triumph over a traumatic brain injury, I salute the author's courage, faith, and most of all love."
~ Patricia Neal, February 2010
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Unthinkable by Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie is an open book to a mom's heart. The author lets us in her most private thoughts; we feel her fear, her anger, and her interior struggle with God's will about life or death. Above all we learn valuable lessons we can store to bring out when our lives are shattered. The reader should never take life for granted after reading Unthinkable. The accident is not the story, the aftermath to it is. And what a story!
This amazing story of survival starts with Dixie's 13 year old son's traumatic brain injury (TBI) when he was involved in a car accident while riding his bike; he was not wearing a bike helmet. Feeling helpless and powerless, Paul's parents sit in shifts next to their comatose child. Their hearts are divided and shattered, as they try to keep their home life stable and have one parent around the clock at their son's bedside. Parents going through hardships and coping with the various emotions this brings will be able to relate to how Dixie felt. Parents, caregivers, friends and Health Care professionals, read this book and its valuable lessons of love, family, and perseverance will stay with you.
- Publisher : Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (January 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1932279377
- ISBN-13 : 978-1932279375
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.47 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #36,979 in Motivational Self-Help (Books)
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I must say I was not prepared for the last few chapters but needed to again reach through the pages to give everyone in this very brave, strong, faithful family a huge hug. I hope to do that by including this book in my Tote Bags of Comfort & Hope provided to all families in Florida experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury with a loved one through 23 participating Trauma Centers. [...]
Her "tips" after each chapter is going to be so welcome by people who are dealing with some of the same issues - as with most of us parents, when something happens to your child you crave information about what other people have experienced to help you deal with the situation. I have to believe that folks who have kids with severe injuries like Paul would be thrilled to have this book by their side to help them through the difficulties.
Dixie is obviously a very amazing person, as is her husband Steven, and all her children.
But most amazing is Paul - I can't get over his constant drive to beat the odds and to work hard to regain his life back - it's a trait that everyone should be very proud of and that we all wish for our children and ourselves!
Once you start this book, you can't put it down!
I recommend it to anyone dealing with brain injury or sick child. Especially if they are in the beginning of their situations. It has wonderfully, helpfull tips. Tips that come during a time when simple thought processes could be such a chaotic mess.