My New Brain
By Lori Williams
While in the US Army in Germany, Lori Williams sustained a severe traumatic brain injury that forced her medical retirement from the military. Not only did she have to adjust to the physical and cognitive changes caused by her injury, she also had to adjust to civilian life back in the states again. Her memoir takes the reader through her cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.
The chapter titles reveal her wit and sense of humor.
Chapter 1 Getting into a Pickle in a Pickle Suit “…absolutely everything about me changed that day; however, it would take me a long time to not only realize that but to remember it, too.”
Chapter 2 Cognitive Changes, describes herself as “A Little Dippy with That New Brain”
Chapter 3 Physical Changes or “Strange Gait” that led to her army discharge.
Chapter 4 delves into the Emotional Changes or How Does it Feeeeeeel to Get a New Brain? sharing shame, social cues and responses, depression, and social isolation versus solitude.
Chapter 5 “Mourning a Brain Change – What Do You Mean, This is Work?” covering the loss of a brain through the lenses of the four tasks of mourning.
Chapter 6 “Spiritual Recovery – it’ll Never Be Perfect, but it does Get Better” exploring layers and nuances leader to spiritual reconciliation and acceptance.
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