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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I couldn't put this book down. From the very beginning I knew &q

    I couldn't put this book down. From the very beginning I knew "Surviving Amnesia," written from 2 different perspectives, was something special. Adam and his mother lead us on a perilous journey, from his horrific accident, through the medical and legal systems, the beginning signs of hope, to the stubborn, well earned steps to recovery (struggles still exist, but the fighting spirit is fierce). Straight, simple, deeply honest writing about their experiences as the caregiver/advocate and survivor. I didn't know that the mind and body could recover from such trauma, but for these 2 people, that was never a question. Truly inspiring. Bravo! This would make an amazing movie.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Maureen and Adam Burns' jointly-written account of their experie

    Maureen and Adam Burns' jointly-written account of their experience recovering from Adam's traumatic brain injury, is one of the most affecting memoirs I've ever read. The narrative alternates between caregiver/advocate/Mother-with-a-captial-A Maureen, battling a host of medical professionals in order to secure the best care for her son, and Adam's struggle to re-orient vast swaths of his consciousness after the accident. If you want proof of just how resilient the human mind, body, and will can be when pressed to unbelievable limits, read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    "Surviving Amnesia" is a detailed yet immediate look a

    "Surviving Amnesia" is a detailed yet immediate look at how mother and son gradually cope with the sudden and catastrophic mutation of their existence. Both Adam and Maureen's writing is delivered without any unnecessary verbal garnish, yet their recollections create vivid perceptions that provoke a powerful sense of empathy within the reader. Maureen's struggle with outside opposition and Adam's struggle with internal devastation are seamlessly intertwined and juxtaposed. The duality of their conflict and the honesty with which the authors present themselves leaves one feeling a sense of gratitude for human endurance. All in all "Surviving Amnesia" is a highly satisfying read and warrants emotion from the reader without soliciting it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    From the first page of this moving and compelling story I was ta

    From the first page of this moving and compelling story I was taken on the journey into the world of two people whose reality was turned upside down almost in an instant.
    In one story line a Mother is desperately trying to safe her son's life. She is fighting alone against cold, bureaucratic system and speeding time. The other story is the world of a young man, her son and what happened after a car accident took his memory away leaving behind nothing but pain, forcing him to live in an alien, unfamiliar reality of a mind ravaged by amnesia.
    This beautiful collaboration between Maureen, "the sculptress of possible dreams from impossible days" (as her son calls her) and Adam gives testament to how powerful mother's love can be. For me though the most fascinating part of this book is Adam's brilliant account of what happens to one's reality after traumatic brain injury. He writes ..."The TBI brain moves out of flux with the flow of time and can't get back". 
    Loosing the ability to read, write or concentrate on anything, personality change, loneliness, addiction to painkillers, opportunistic people disguising themselves as friends. It's all here. He is brutally honest with the reader. 
    This unique memoir is beautifully written and inspiring. Revealing and informative for a reader interested in biology and mystery of human brain. A must read for anyone with TBI and their loved ones.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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