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A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury [NOOK Book]

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A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident, with a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma.
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A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury

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Overview

A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident, with a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma.
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Editorial Reviews

Back Cover - Kathleen Adams, LPC
Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life. Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem an altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them.
Back Cover - Alice C. Nixon, MSW, LCSW
A Life Interrupted is a must read for anyone who has experienced loss, illness, crisis, or traumas -- physical or emotional. This heart rendering account of one person's journey from chaos to serenity leads to the discovery that "Traumas are about transformation." Mathewson takes you from the path of shock and confusion onto one of hope and possibilities. I loved every word.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016208183
  • Publisher: Pearlsong Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 600,274
  • File size: 208 KB

Meet the Author

Louise Mathewson holds a master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry, Mochila Review, Boulder County Kid and Sasee magazines, and the anthologies Mentor's Bouquet, Cup of Comfort Vol. 1 and Borderlines '08.

In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though she struggled at first, she resumed writing as soon as she was able. Today she lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she continues to write and recover.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    As someone who had a serious brain injury, I could so relate to

    As someone who had a serious brain injury, I could so relate to the sentiments expressed in these poems.  Following the natural progression of healing physically, emotionally, and mentally post injury, the poems start out expressing the bewilderment, shock, and grief arriving with a brain injury and evolve to communicate hesitant acceptance and hope.  Finally, the last poems convey a new understanding of reality, energy, and appreciation of life.  I wish I had had access to this book when I was in the midst of my rehabilitation.  These moving poems will provide relief and inspiration for those with a brain injury and insight into their confusing world for those around them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    As a former rehabilitation nurse working with patients with trau

    As a former rehabilitation nurse working with patients with traumatic brain injuries, I found A Life Interrupted extremely valuable. I wish a book such as this had been available at that time. This book provides a deeply moving view into the world that so many of my patients experienced. Ms. Mathewson's poetry is powerful, deeply moving and engaging. I would highly recommend this book on many levels, including a "must-read" for health care professionals in the fields of neurology and rehabilitation, as well as those with friends and loved ones who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

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