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Posted February 11, 2014
Years after the near-fatal accident that left her with traumatic brain injury, Angela Tucker continued to experience painful and debilitating double vision. A neuro-optomitrist prescribed a special pair of glasses for her that reduced the problem. Bill Ramsey, who co-authored Me Now, tried the glasses and found that they gave him double vision. So he knew what Angela saw and felt himself.
That’s one of the strengths of this remarkable book. It tells several stories simultaneously, one being the personal story of Angela Tucker, her accident, injury, and hard-fought tentative recovery. Another story in the book is a thoughtful and thorough account of Traumatic Brain Injury (TMI) in our society, for example, by returning injured soldiers, how treatment is made generally, and how our society helps (or sadly doesn’t help) TBI victims. Finally there is yet another story, another lesson, which is how those of us who haven’t experienced TBI, but face other adversity, can learn to overcome those challenges. Bill Ramsey writes about that at the end of the book with his four things “from her I have learned.” These are sound and sober words of advise, which follow what Philo of Alexandria (circa 20 BCE – 50 ACE) taught: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
The book was very well planned from another aspect. The type is large (approximately 12 or 13 points in size, compared to the New York Times at 9 points or the Wall Street Journal at 8 points), the font – in the Helvetica family – is simple and easy to see, and there is generous spacing between the lines. The book is designed to be read by people who might have TBI. In every way, this book is a well thought out, well written, and smartly published.