Rewiring for Loved Ones and Survivors


Rewiring for Loved Ones and Survivors

By Carolyn E. Dolen

Rewiring-for-Loved-OnesNot 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.).

Nathan Zasler, MD, CEO and Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, says, ” … a must-read manual for person with brain injury…Ms. Dolen not only gives readers the tools to move forward productively, but just as importantly, [fills] them with feelings of empowerment and hope.”

Husband of 2003 stroke survivor, Neal Schleimer says,” This is THE book I wish I had when my wife was first injured. If you’re a loved one… buy this volume RIGHT NOW. Believe me, you need it.”

“Brain Injury Rewiring for Survivors: A Lifeline to New Connections After Brain Injury” and “Brain Injury Rewiring For Loved Ones…” are inspirational guidebooks that empower readers to transform lives damaged by brain injury.

Using reader-friendly language, Ms. Dolen engages readers by interweaving her decades-long personal journey throughout these manuals and offers reflective quotations and sorely-needed humor as she shows how to recover from brain injury.

Rewiring throws-out a lifeline to both survivors and caregivers that enables survivors to make New Connections to themselves and to others so they can successfully reenter their communities and resume productive activity after Brain Injury.

Strategies are revealed to rewire each human “operating system”: spiritual, cognitive, emotional, nutritional, physical, social, and vocational. Both traditional and non-traditional (complementary-alternative) medical approaches to healing are unveiled to enlighten readers to the many “circuits” on the pathway to wellness.

By refusing to embrace the concept “can’t,” Ms. Dolen shares how she grapples with challenges as she dares other survivors to “Just Do It!” too. From the unique perspective of a 30+ year survivor, readers learn how to overcome obstacles in both internal and external environments–whether over, under, around, or through–to heal hearts, minds, and bodies.

Survivors agree: “This injury…is like sailing the ocean in a thick fog during a storm…full of fear…All you are looking for is that lighthouse to guide you through the awful storm. The “Rewiring” books are that light…for all survivors and anyone connected with their recoveries.” (Susan Hale-Abrams, PI, QM, TBI Survivor).

Rewiring proves that recovery is possible–with a spark and some hot wires!

About the Author

Ever the Viking warrior, Carolyn E. Dolen clearly defied the prognosis of “suicide or psych ward” following her brain injury from a 1976 auto accident in a Minnesota snowstorm.  Befitting her feisty personality, within twenty years of her trauma she earned two master’s degrees with high honors and cycled (self-contained) from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in four days and San Diego to Cabo San Lucas in 13 days, in addition to learning to board and kayak-surf—all with a lot of help and only a few ER visits! Now she defies the concept of “aging” by competing in triathlons and seeking new adventures.

Rewiring chronicles her continued feisty defiance in this expansion of her award-winning thesis about brain injury recovery. Carolyn’s climb up the mountain required rehabilitation in virtually all areas of life, including mental, emotional, physical, vocational, and social domains. As current friends can attest, she’s still working on this last area!

Carolyn’s other work has appeared in print over 100 times, in both authored and edited pieces. Previous publications include a short story, “A Christmas Communion of Chocolate” (Grit: American Life and Traditions, November 1997), and a series of children’s holiday readings (published in several educational journals from 1996-1999), that include two cover features in Today’s Catholic Teacher in 1998.  Additionally, she co-authored two national skin-care newsletters, edited several health/fitness pieces, and wrote newsletter columns for Christ Presbyterian Church of Rancho La Costa and the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. In addition to presenting at a national ataxia conference, Carolyn chaired the 1991 San Diego Disability Awareness Week Network (DAWN) activities that received commendation letters and extensive media coverage.

Professionally, she’s taught language arts, math, special education, physical education and health in the Midwest and California to students who range in age from three to forty-three. Currently, Carolyn coaches a stroke survivor at the YMCA and substitutes for teachers of a variety of adult education courses for Ventura Unified School District.

Besides spreading the word about Rewiring, current goals for this Baby-Boomer author-athlete include improving her surfing skills and earning an age group slot on Team USA for sprint triathlons.  To balance body, mind, and spirit, Carolyn bicycles, runs, swims, weight-trains, practices yoga, competes in various races, sings with the Master Chorale of Ventura County, greets visitors at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and volunteers at numerous athletic and performing arts events.  Obviously, this rewired survivor doesn’t “do” idleness!

You, too, can thrive –“Just Do It!”

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One response to “Rewiring for Loved Ones and Survivors”

  1. Bill Danforth says:

    As the parent of a schizophrenic young woman, I see so many parallels in Carolyn’s accounts that are very helpful in learning the effects of a brain injury whether it be traumatic or more subtlety in the form of a disease. There is so much good advice here and all of it written in a very readable form that can instantly be related to the author’s personal accounts. The latter create an almost instant insight into the author’s travails and her brave and persistent battle to overcome her injuries. Thank you, Carolyn.

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