Books about Brain Injury

As soon as David had his brain injury, his world changed. So did mine.

 

I needed to learn everything I could about what traumatic brain injury (TBI) meant, and how it would affect our lives. I scoured the Internet for information about brain injury. There wasn't much available in 2005. I searched for books to read. I wanted to know how others dealt with brain injury. There were only a few books published at that time, but I read what I could. Here are some of my early reads.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was written by Elle Magazine editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby. Bauby suffered a stroke and was completely paralyzed except for his left eye. He wrote his book by blinking his eye.

Where Is the Mango Princess?: A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy Crimmins is a personal account of how Crimmins and her husband faced life-challenges after her husband had a brain injury from a speedboat accident.

I'll Carry the Fork: Recovering a Life after Brain Injury by Kara L. Swanson. Kara says after her car accident, which caused her brain injury, "It was like being thrust into a foreign country with no map, no way to speak the language, no directions home."

In recent years, more information about brain injury is available. That is directly related to the troops returning home with brain injuries from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Also, because of the spotlight on brain injury research being conducted on the brains of deceased NFL players, brain injury is becoming an everyday topic.

I read as many books as I can about brain injury, and I'd like to share them with you. Check out the book list below. Of course, this is not a complete list, but I have read all of these books. You can search on Google for more.  

After the Cheering Stops

by Cyndy Feasel

In An Instant

by Lee & Bob Woodruff

Gabby

by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly

27 Miles: The Tank's Journey Home

by Lisabeth Mackall

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