The Day I Forgot – But Will Always Remember relates the story of a woman who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while walking in a 10-mile road race. Readers are given an inside look at her struggle with posttraumatic stress, cognitive challenges, and adjusting to her new reality. This book raises awareness of a hidden, often-deadly heart condition. It provides survivors and survivors’ family and friends with a better understanding and mindfulness of the challenges SCA survivors deal with daily. Included are stories from other SCA survivors, from across the county, who share the difficult aspects of their encounter with death and of reentering this life. Frequently asked questions, case studies, articles, and resources that can equip the bystanders on how to administer immediate treatment with CPR, or an automated external defibrillator (AED) to give the victim the best chance at life is also included.
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About the Author
Beyond home and work, she believes that giving back is vital to promoting community - and she does! Her past volunteer efforts include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (BB/BS), the Beecher Scholarship Incentive Program, the Genesee County Reaching Across the Nation Consortium, Department of Human Services Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiatives, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Dinner Planning Committee, the Gateway Cultivating Our Community garden project, and the United Way. Perhaps most notable, for over 30 years, Brenda has served as a mentor for BB/BS. She also mentored for Living Independently Networking Knowledge (L.I.N.K.), volunteered as the coordinator for her church's weekly A Taste of Tutoring program, and served as the Amachi liaison between BB/BS and her church. She has been a past mentor for West Bendle and Garfield Elementary Schools' Help One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) programs (6 years), an advisor to the Baker College Tutoring Association's tutoring programs for Flint Community Schools and Bendle Public Schools (15 years), and a former cochair of Flint Area Citizens to End Racism Youth Action Team and Steering Committee (5 years). She has served as facilitator of the Great Lakes District Youth Leadership (1 year) and board member of Flint Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (2 years). She also served as a member of the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum.
In all her community service Brenda brings courage, commitment, compassion, and understanding that have continued to grow from her early childhood experiences as being part of the only minority family in a small, rural community. Befriended by one White, female classmate, following high school graduation, Brenda was determined to similarly become a champion for social justice. Her faith serves as a strong foundation. She is an active member of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, where she is a Sunday school teacher and serves in multiple ministries.
Brenda lives, works, and volunteers - demonstrating the essence of Luke 12:48 (KJV), "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."
Table of Contents
Introduction: It Took a Brush With Death; Chapter 1: The Before: My Normal; Chapter 2: The Then: Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Chapter 3: The Now: Living With Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Chapter 4: SCA Survivors’ Stories: Christmas Letter by Dave Olson, I Think Lady Gaga Made My Heart Stop by Lori Baughman Lassen, Just Wanted to Take a Bath! by Linda Hartleben-Wonder, Experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest While Swimming by Carol Mathewson, SCA Survivor Group administrator, My Oldest Daughter, Ilissa Clark by Tracy Clark, Our Mother by Nathaniel Brown, Britany Thomas, & Whitney Brown; Bibliography; Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions With Links; Appendix B: SCA Articles & Case Studies; Appendix C: Support Groups & Resources; Appendix D: Songs to Do CPR To; Appendix E: How do you keep your faith strong?; About the Author; Photos/Articles: Hurley Medical Center; UofM Hospital, Crim Festival of Races August 26, 2016, & August 26, 2017; Crim Foundation; ABC12 News Team Person of the Week: Brenda Brown, Flintside Magazine: After surviving death, this Flint woman raises awareness of hidden, often deadly, heart condition