What Day Is It? A Family's Journey Through Traumatic Brain Injury

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On June 3, 1989, Rebekah Vandergriff's life changed forever when her car was struck, resulting in a catastrophic accident. In one summer, she went from the runway of a fashion show to a wheelchair in the recovery unit of a hospital. "What Day Is It?" is

her triumphant story of recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Not expected to recover, she has accomplished the long journey from having to learn how to walk and talk again, to achieving a Master's degree and raising a family. ...

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Overview

On June 3, 1989, Rebekah Vandergriff's life changed forever when her car was struck, resulting in a catastrophic accident. In one summer, she went from the runway of a fashion show to a wheelchair in the recovery unit of a hospital. "What Day Is It?" is

her triumphant story of recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Not expected to recover, she has accomplished the long journey from having to learn how to walk and talk again, to achieving a Master's degree and raising a family. Rebekah's story is one of encouragement that shows what persons with disabilities can do when they don't accept our limitations.

Rebekah's life became an unending series of adventures as upon her release, she took her doctor's words to heart that "life would be her therapy now." Straight out of the hospital, we travel with her and her family on a vacation to Florida where her stepfather lives, stopping first in New Orleans, where their car gets stolen, and after Florida, on to camping in Colorado. Faced with unexpected circumstances, Rebekah finds the humor in things. Back home, for example, when she and her younger sister find themselves waiting at an inner-city bus stop with "several six-foot-one [prostitutes] dressed in bright, shiny clothes" she quips, "Obviously, we hadn’t been filled in on the dress code for this corner on a hot summer day." "What Day Is It?" is a rare book that is packed with useful information, and yet will often have you laughing and rolling on the floor.

Advance Praise for "What Day Is It?"

"Rebekah Vandergriff is a traumatic brain injury survivor. Today she has a title, Licensed Master of Social Work. 'What Day Is It?' is a journey of hope, encouragement and inspiration for any family that has been affected by brain injury.

Equally important is its explanation of how the medical community views brain injury rehabilitation and how it should view rehabilitative therapies. 'What Day Is It?' explains the value of a family caregiver and includes commentary from many family members expressing their feelings along Rebekah's journey toward recovery.

'What Day Is It?' should be studied by families living with brain injury and the medical, insurance and government agencies who are heavily involved in treatment procedures. This book provides great insight about the thoughts and emotions of a brain injury survivor."

Larry and Beth Jameson,

Authors of Brain Injury Survivors Guide: Welcome to Our World

"A lot of people write about brain injury rehabilitation—but most of these writings are abstract and academic. Rebekah Vandergriff has written a powerful, personal exploration that weaves some of these academic facts with the perspective of reality."

Al Condeluci, PhD CEO - UCP of Pittsburgh

"The instant I met Rebekah Vandergriff, I knew she was a teacher. Her chosen profession was social work but she was clearly a woman full of lessons. Lessons learned and lessons to teach. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I am eternally grateful to Rebekah for showing up at the right moment to be my teacher. I believe readers will be grateful she showed up to teach you as well. Her experience, brilliance and humor shine through."

Janet Willams, PhD CEO communityworks inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982052204
  • Publisher: Bear's Nest Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,445,405
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2009

    All I can say is, "Wow!" "What Day Is It?" A Family's Journey Through Traumatic Brain Injury is a page turner.

    I bought the book, sat down to flip through it, and the next thing I knew I was on page 75! I had lost an hour of my day absorbed by this book. I couldn't wait to finish it. Once I was off of the clock, I returned to be entertained by Rebekah's journey. I laughed, I cried, I was amazed, and was completely taken away by her and her mother's ability to live through what can destroy most family's. What a will to survive Rebekah has demonstrated. I am thankful that she can now, put words to her experience for future decades to remember. What a gem for other social workers, therapists of OT, PT, Rehabilitation, nurses, doctors, all to learn from from her examples. I want to read it again!

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