Lost and Found After Brain Injury

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Lost and Found

by Barbara Webster

I have just written a book: Lost & Found: a survivor’s guide for reconstructing life after brain injury; a strategy guide for brain injury survivors.

One of the biggest challenges I had writing in this book was keeping up with our ever-evolving increasingly technical world.  When I began putting together materials for the brain injury survivor support group I have facilitated for many years, which is how the book began to develop, very few people had computers at home, no one had a cell phone-never mind a “smart phone”, there were no GPS systems for our cars, we used music cassettes – not CD’s or I Pods, and renting a movie from the video store to play at home on your VCR was a treat for the weekend.  No one dreamed that one day we would be able to order movies directly from our television sets.  No one dreamed we would be able to preview, download or play music on our computers.  No one dreamed most of us would be carrying around a phone with us everywhere and we would be able to be in constant touch with almost anyone almost any time, without the phone even ringing if you are texting.  One more thing, we used to read books, real books with paper pages.

OK, now that I’ve convinced you that I am a dinosaur, and some days I feel like I am, I am very proud to tell you that I can now navigate most of these new fangled devices!  Not bad for a brain injury survivor who had to relearn how to do almost everything all over again and much of it on her own – but that is why I wrote the book, to help others.  Needless to say, there were numerous updates and re-writes before the book was ready to be published.

One area I have not mastered and resist changing over to is computer banking, automatic bill paying and using a debit card.  It feels like we are gradually being forced into using more and more automatic methods; coaxed by discounts, limited by options or charged additional fees for paper statements.  Maybe it will be easier for future brain injury survivors who were more familiar with technology before their injuries but this feels pretty scary to me.  It is hard enough to keep track of transactions with a paper trail, never mind without something concrete to refer to.  Adding to the stress and fear factor is the risk of making mistakes and the complication of trying to fix it – with a computer.

So how do we keep up?  What are your strategies for using some of the newer electronic devices?

For more information on Lost & Found click here!

2 responses to “Lost and Found After Brain Injury”

  1. Hey Barbara,
    Great job. You have worked hard and deserve a great deal of recognition for bring some sanity to the process of recovery from TBI. The years of experience you have both as a support group leader and a survivor yourself will add to your information and outlook. CONGRATULATIONS! I know how hard you have worked on this. You Go Girl

  2. Janet Cromer says:

    Hello Barbara,
    Congratulations on launching your insightful and valuable book into the world! The excerpts I’ve read are terrific, and your personal experience, along with that the support group members, gives each suggestion the “tried and true” stamp of approval.

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