I began by writing a few words, then a few sentences, and then, whole paragraphs. The more I wrote, the better I felt. I wanted, no — I needed to explain what it felt like inside the lonely head of a person with a brain injury and how the world looked.
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These books are written specially for and by survivors of brain injury and families. They provide insight into the challenges of rebuilding life after brain injury as well as tools and strategies for living a full life.
Honey I Smell the Flowers were the last words Ruth Ann Bartels spoke to her husband as they were traveling to warmer climates for their winter vacation. That was just before she got the phone call that her daughter Michelle had been badly injured in a car crash and was in an ambulance. The book title chosen by Bartels reflects the journey of this mother – and so many other families – to find hope and beauty again after witnessing the devastation that brain trauma can cause.
A new manual TBI Hope by Denise Boggs and Debbie A. Leonhardt, M.A. addresses the often neglected aspect of emotional recovery for families, caregivers and survivors. This step-by-step manual gives families essential tools to help them transition into their new life when caring for a family member who had a traumatic brain injury. The process of emotional healing is often overlooked in the medical treatment of TBI but it is essential for families and survivors to rebuild their lives and relationships in the journey of brain injury.
Michael Ciafone has written two books on living with a traumatic brain injury. Silent Cries and Traveling Forward will take you on his journey of faith, hope, and perseverance as he finds meaning in his life once more and travels forward.
Delanie Stephenson survived a stroke at age 33 and then had to rebuild her life. Her memoir, The Calm Beyond the Storm, Delanie describes those first harried days in the ICU to the tedious physical therapy as she slowly began to crawl her way back to recovery. Not only did Delanie walk and talk again; she emerged from her ordeal even stronger and decided that she would never again take life for granted.
Social isolation is a huge problem after brain injury. Set like “The Dating Game,” three characters with brain injury attempt to friend each other following the rules of a host who doesn’t get it. Filled with dark comedy, the film opens a dialogue about some very painful parts of reality. This DVD by Cheryl Green is funny, endearing, painful, and insightful – it’s about living with brain injury.
This short film by Cheryl Green infuses humor into daily struggles of life after traumatic brain injury. Cooking with Brain Injury shows how the ordinary task of cooking can become a challenging puzzle for the survivor of a brain injury. True events are shown in style of a network TV cooking show where the cooks are stymied by a piece of salmon and their own unpredictable obstacles.
Becoming-The-Healer.jpgBecoming the Healer: The Miracle of Brain Injury is a book to be read by everyone, not just for understanding the brain injured person. No matter where you are in your life, reading or listening to this story will renew in you hope, faith, and the belief that miracles still happen today and can happen for you too. You will be inspired with great ideas, encouraging you to step out in faith, to let go of your fears, and to make the necessary changes to step into your own miracles.
This was the case with Deborah Schlag who never imagined herself to be given the gift of healing. Now, having experienced a brain injury and the miracles of healing that have brought her full circle in that process she shares to help you do the same.
The autobiography of Brain Injury Survivor and five time cross country charity bicyclist Mike Heikes. Mike formed “Helmets For Kids”, giving away thousands of free helmets across the country. His book tells how he found “purpose” in being a brain injury survivor by preventing others from having brain injuries like his.
Kim worked as a financial consultant for twenty five years, until her brain injury took her out of the industry. Kim’s life changed forever 1995, when she was stricken with a ruptured brain aneurysm. It eventually took being called to write her book, and subsequently becoming the Wednesday host, on Brain Injury Radio, to finally understand the process she has gone through. She kept a journal during her recovery, which she then filed away for seventeen years. In that time, she had never met another brain injury survivor, never been made aware of any support, conducting her recovery in isolation. Since then she has become a multi-published photographer, writer, author and radio host. Kim and husband Gary share their home with four dogs, and a Sun Conure.