Brain Injury Isn't Funny (But Humor Helps You Cope)

Brain Injury Isn't Funny (But Humor Helps You Cope)

William C. Jarvis, Ed.D

If anyone ever had a reason not to laugh, author Bill Jarvis would be first in line. While a college professor at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Jarvis was involved in a serious car collision. Diagnosed with a severe TBI and multiple fractures, he was in a coma for five weeks, followed by a hospital stay of 1 1/2 years. Bill picked up the pieces and has worked fervently to make his new life as rewarding and fullfilled as he possibly could - and he’s done quite well, considering what he’s been through.

After all of this, Bill has held onto one of his primary (and most critically important) qualities...his sense of humor! In his new book, Brain Injury Isn’t Funny, Bill takes a light-hearted approach to a serious subject, and lifts hopes (and eyebrows) for all who read it – whether they’re a TBI survivor or not.

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In his new book, Brain Injury Isn’t Funny, Bill’s humorous comments are written to coincide with each dimension of the rehabilitation process...a lifetime journey that no one should attempt to do alone, but now you can do it - along with Bill Jarvis! Smile and chuckle as you work your way through your recovery, or help someone else have a better day. Brain injury may not be funny, but humor can help you cope with it!

Bill Jarvis’ best advice may simply be this: “Look back by moving forward.”

ISBN# 978-1-931117-85-2
Pages 32
Year 2015


Bill Jarvis had a traumatic brain injury in 2000 from a car collision. As a result, he was in a coma for five weeks, experienced a brain stem twist, broke all fourteen ribs, and fractured C1-C4 vertebrae. He spent a total of one and a half years in hospitals in Indiana and New Jersey.

Prior to this injury, Bill was a college professor at Taylor University Fort Wayne. During rehabilitation he used his skills to “learn” to improve. He has taken this learning “on-the-road” to help others who are challenged.

He acquired a doctorate before his injury in Education from Rutgers State University in New Jersey and now resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has written a method, Improvement through Motivation for brain injury. Bill leads a TBI Support Group and speaks at conferences and conventions.


Publisher’s Note

Dedication and Acknowledgement

The Author


Fishing for Wellness

Physical Dimension

Social Dimension

Cognitive Dimension

Psychological Dimension

Look Back, Move Forward



Survivors of brain injury are too easily judged or described by how they move, act, speak, and think. Each person who has survived a brain injury still has the capacity for beauty, grace and strength. It is still there inside you.

In this booklet, Bill Jarvis shows how humor can help you not only survive but move forward with hope and zest for the life you are rebuilding. There is truth in that old saying, “Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.” ¬- Marilyn H. Lash


“This booklet made me smile many times. Clinicians have long used humor as a defense against the enormous emotional and physical pain they witness every day. Bill Jarvis reminds us that humor is also a precious gift for survivors and families that can help them traverse this long journey of brain injury”

Marilyn Lash, President

Lash & Associates Publication/Training

“Bill is at it again, finding reasons to believe when challenges are at their greatest. Humor is vital to recovery. Dr. Jarvis finds valuable ways to incorporate humor into the recovery process after brain injury. Take heart, you can make great strides by utilizing humor and hard work.”

Alan Neuenschwander

Traumatic Brain Injury Advocate

“Brain Injury Isn’t Funny but Humor Helps You Cope is a gentle reminder, from the author, who has actually ‘been there’ to keep one’s sense of humor, always. What a delightful approach to life, living, and rehabilitation.”

Jep Hostetler, Ph.D.

Author of “The Joy Factor”, Harold Press

“… it takes a positive approach to a negative situation. Read the book. It’s quick and easy for the ‘normals’, and put together and understandable for us survivors.”

Matt Duffin

Radio Host-Brain Injury Radio

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