After 25 years of caring for children, first as a nurse, then as a pediatrician, Carolyn Roy-Bornstein finds herself on the other side of the stretcher when her 17-year-old son Neil is hit by a teenage drunk driver while walking his girlfriend Trista home after a study date. Roy-Bornstein finds herself riding in the front seat of an ambulance transporting her son to the ICU in Boston, his brain is bleeding, and the world she so easily navigated in a white coat now must be traversed, understood, and dealt with as a mother, not a medical professional.
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These books are written specially for survivors of brain injury and their families. They provide insight into the challenges of rebuilding life after brain injury as well as tools and strategies for living a full life.
Who Am I Again integrates articles and resources to define terms related to Ms. Nachman’s injuries, and to show the reader that her situation in not necessarily as unique as the doctors made it out to be. What is clear in her story, which is unfortunately the story of many others, is that although doctors try, people who have experienced a MTBI cannot be defined by one textbook definition.
At first glance, you might be tempted to think this is a book about recovering from a traumatic life experience, but it is much more. A real-life tale with unexpected twists and chance meetings that will shock you and amaze you, it is the story of true triumph and victory of the human spirit.
Robin’s life changes within a split-second of a tragic accident. The ER finds no visible injuries or broken bones. Yet, confusion and memory loss begin to surface. She emerges from the trauma and finds the life she remembers no longer exists.
In a role reversal, this special-needs teacher finds herself a student of her own skills. How Robin discovers and accepts her limitations, and reconciles these life-changing losses, is a story of love, courage and inspiration.
Robin J. Bloom, is a graduate with a BS in Special Education, Elementary Education, and a MEd in Counseling. As a survivor of multiple brain injuries, she is an inspirational writer. Robin resides in Phoenix, Arizona and is working on her sequel, Wake Up: We’re Going Home, available in the fall of 2012.
“Bruce and Laura Allen have allowed us to journey with them in their remarkable, honest, painful, and miraculous story of faith, hope, and love. This is a must-read for anyone walking through extended physical suffering either as a patient, caregiver, or family member. You will laugh, cry, and rejoice-but most of all you will experience God.”
-Dr. Mark L. Walker
My book is a story of sibling life and sibling loss. It is a story of grief, love and hope. My story, in particular, weaves my relationship with my younger brother who is drastically altered after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. I have learned to live with courage through my own devastation as my brother’s guardian, caretaker, and sister.
Overcoming All Challenges is a book which describes in detail the chilling motorcycle accident and the countless terrible injuries sustained by the author Roger Daniel Rizzo. Among the innumerable injuries was severe, traumatic brain injury.
Overcoming All Challenges explains how the author was airlifted by police helicopter to the hospital, how he remained in the hospital for over six months, how he was in a coma for six weeks, and how he was a human vegetable for five and one-half months.
The book is not limited to only a description of the accident and brain injury which occurred in Roger Daniel Rizzo’s life. The book also summarizes with great specificity the challenges the author faced and overcame in his life which lead up to encountering his ultimate challenge, recovering from the myriad of injuries stemming from his horrific accident.
Not only are the “Rewiring” manuals the only paired set of guidebooks for recovery from brain injury available today, but they are the most comprehensive! And they’re survivor-written!
Well-received by health-care professionals, some examples of their praise include: “This is exactly what I’ve needed for my patients!” and “Perfect. I want a million copies” (Joanne Hein, speech-Language therapist); “During my career as a neuropsychologist I have often wished for books like “Brain Injury Rewiring” to provide my patients the answers they seek and the inspiration to continue their own journeys” (Christine Baser, Ph.D.).
Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement through Motivation – Jarvis Rehabilitation Method. The manual is a method to create internal motivation for improvement after a traumatic brain injury. These are specific strategies to maximize improvement in the Social, Cognitive, Physical, and Psychological Dimensions of engagement with life. Included are guiding principles and a specific plan for improvement. The Survivor records objectives, goals, and progress on Improvement Charts in each Dimension. Progress is measured and individualized for each survivor through monthly coaching sessions.
“Learning by Accident is an amazing love story, brain injury story, family story, and inspirational story all in one. The Rawlins’ difficult journey will leave you realizing that anything is possible if you have a strong family.”
- Jeff Ruskan, Chief Executive Officer
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia
“After more than 25 years working in brain injury as an Occupational Therapist, and as much as I know about its aftermath, Learning by Accident provided me with a much richer understanding of the emotional devastation it causes. This book will make you cry, laugh, give thanks, and believe in the power of love.”
Anne McDonnell, Executive Director,
The Brain Injury Association of Virginia