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badge2These 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.

Rewiring for Loved Ones and Survivors

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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.).

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Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement through Motivation

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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.

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Learning by Accident after Brain Injury

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“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

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Life with Gusto after Brain Injury

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Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury chronicles the seven year journey Janet shared with her husband after a cardiac arrest left Alan with a severe anoxic brain injury. Janet details their process of composting a new identity, marriage, and life with meaning and gusto.

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Realistic Hope

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Written by a TBI survivor and coach, the book cautions against expectations of a “return to normal” in favor of a more realistic hope: start where you are and strive to be a little better every day.

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Surviving Head Trauma

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My skull was crushed. I was dead. When I came back to life, reality became a psychedelic dream inside billions of bolts of lightening happening everywhere at the same time. This unimaginable constant sound inside my head still trumpets like a symphonic horn section gone mad forever. Only those who hear the sound understand this mysterious reality medically called Tinnitus (defined as: a continual noise in the ear, e.g., a ringing or roaring, usually caused by damage to the hair cells of the inner ear).

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Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph

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A mother’s narrative of perseverance following her son’s traumatic brain injury, Unthinkable is a book filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Each chapter includes insights and tips for families and caregivers on coping, managing stress, and surviving the trauma of brain injury.

Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie is a mother of eight, writer, public speaker, fundraiser, and advocate for children and persons with disabilities. Dixie Coskie and her son Paul speak at schools, camps, trauma centers, hospitals and rehab hospitals talking about the consequences and the reality of traumatic brain injury and childhood cancer.

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After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story

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This workbook guides survivors of brain injury and blast injury through the powerful healing experience of telling their own stories with simple journaling techniques. By writing short journal entries, survivors explore the challenges, losses, changes, emotions, adjustments, stresses, and milestones as they rebuild their lives.

After her husband, Ken Willingham, sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2003, she created a journaling workshop for people with brain injury and began co-facilitating it with Susan B. Schuster. Those workshops were the basis for After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story.

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My New Brain

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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.

Making the transition to becoming a civilian again involved mourning the loss of her identity as a soldier. Her experience will resonate with service members and veterans today who have been injured.

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