Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life

Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life

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by Maria Ross
     
 

Rebooting My Brain is the true story of what happens when you get yanked out of your life by a crisis―and have to get back on the ride all over again. With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her stubborn road back to health, her…  See more details below

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Rebooting My Brain is the true story of what happens when you get yanked out of your life by a crisis―and have to get back on the ride all over again. With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her stubborn road back to health, her resulting cognitive and emotional challenges forced her―sometimes kicking and screaming―to reframe her life, her work and her identity.

With humor and heart, Ross shares what it was like being blind for six weeks, how a TV crime drama and a brain-games website played key roles in her recovery, and why a handmade necklace helped her regain her sense of self.

Ross reveals the keys to her extraordinary comeback and how her perspective is forever changed, mostly for the better. Funny, touching and real, this book not only shares an inspirational story of transformation but enlightens readers about the surprising effects of brain injury... and explores the question, "How do our brains define who we are?"

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Book Review
I believe the book is valuable for several reasons. First, Ross is not a professional writer. She doesn't lie or fictionalize. Her experiences strike me as authentic, compared to many other memoirs. She truly writes with unabashed candor. She had an aneurysm and survived. This book tells us about the last two years of Ross's life after her brain injury. The post-aneurysm months were excruciating, but with tremendous spirit, we root for her. Do not ever take life for granted.
Book cover - Midwest Book Review
Tragedy can quickly turn to opportunity. “Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life” is a memoir from Maria Ross, as she reflects on how a sudden aneurysm gave her time to put her life together and realize what she really should be working towards, facing temporary blindness, the quirky ways she recovered. With a positive message that speaks loudly, “Rebooting My Brain” is a fine read that shouldn't be overlooked by anyone seeking recovery-oriented mem
Book cover - Nick O'Connell
“Rebooting My Brain is a deeply moving account of Maria Ross’s brain aneurysm and her struggle to come to terms with it. She has written a memoir full of humor, grace, and hope, making it clear such a devastating injury can be overcome and can even serve as a means of discovering what is truly important in this life.” –Nick O’Connell, author of On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature and founder of TheWritersWorkshop.net.
Book cover - Carol Cassella
"A captivating, deeply authentic memoir of a devastating illness and a heroic recovery. Maria Ross' memoir Rebooting My Brain is a testament to one woman's personal courage and a reminder that health is a tenuous treasure." –Carol Cassella, best-selling author of Oxygen and Healer
Book cover - Ingrid Ricks
“Maria Ross weaves a tale of inspiration, love and hope about an active woman reclaiming her life after an unexpected crisis. Her humorous and honest voice leaps off the page and makes you feel as if you’re talking to her over coffee, even when she’s describing medical procedures. This is a must-read for anyone who’s ever had the rug pulled out from under them, not just brain injury survivors and their families.” –Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy: A Gi

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984893904
Publisher:
Red Slice Press
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
380,588
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Maria Ross is a consultant, author, speaker and actress who believes that cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. She writes frequently about branding, marketing, entrepreneurship and—even great wine—for such outlets as San Francisco Downtown, IntoWine.com, Sharp Skirts, DiningOutSF, Entrepreneur.com, American Express Open Forum and Seattle Business. Maria is also a dynamic keynote speaker and has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and on MSNBC and KUOW Seattle. She is a lover of animals, red wine, travel, independent film, crime dramas, dry humor, football and Jeopardy. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband Paul and their black Lab mix, Eddie.

“Stories have fascinated me since I was a little girl. At six, I wrote the intricate tale of Smedley and his mouse family’s vacation to Disneyworld – and haven’t looked back since. When I started acting as a kid, telling different stories through various roles was like a giant game of make-believe – and still is for me when I act today. Stories told through poetry, film, theatre, advertising, art, dance and even food and wine never cease to enchant me. To me, stories make life worth living as they provoke, inspire – and just plain delight the pants off a captivated audience!”

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