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A Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury

Edited by
Michael R. Yochelson, M.D.
and Penny Wolfe, Ph.D.

ISBN 978-1-886236-54-7 • 256 pages, 6x9 Illustrated • Index • hardcover $29.95  

Early comments have been enthusiastic… 

There will always be accidents, injuries, violence and the unpredictability of life. But one thing that can ease the journey is a book like Managing Brain Injury: A Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury, which offers patients and families practical, useful information and helps to make some sense out of what is often, especially initially, a senseless situation.

The brain injury experts at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital  have drawn on their years of clinical experience to help patients and caregivers cope with the process of rehabilitation.  It’s a realistic look at what patients and families can expect throughout the journey…. Especially helpful are the personal stories of hope from men and women who have suffered brain injury, moved through the rehabilitative process and successfully rebuilt their lives.  I applaud NRH for compiling such a critical resource.

                                                                                                                   From the Foreword,                                                                                                              Bob Woodruff, ABC News

             More than 5 million Americans live with disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  That number grows substantially if you include other (non-traumatic) causes of brain injury. Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC, strives to provide the best rehabilitative care available for these people so they can return to a life as independent as possible.  This book was written by the staff at NRH to serve as a resource for survivors of brain injury and their families and caregivers. 

                        Brain Injury affects more than just the survivors of the injury.  It affects their loved ones, friends, and entire social network.  This observation has recently been brought to the forefront of American society and politics by the significant number of brain injuries incurred by service members serving their country in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (in Afghanistan). 

            While this book focuses on the moderate to severely injured person who may have very significant impairment , it will also be highly useful for persons with lesser brain injuries and their caregivers. Managing Brain injury offers solid and realistic advice on living well throughout the initial recovery period and later, as a reference for months and years after the injury.  Managing Brain Injury is a reader-friendly guide to help brain-injured patients, their families, and caregivers face the challenge of life following a brain injury. It helps readers make sense of the roller coaster ride of emotional and physical changes that can overwhelm both patients and caregivers. Managing Brain Injury tackles this complex condition by breaking it down into manageable pieces, providing readers with the what, how, and why of brain injury and its effects.

            Key points at the end of each chapter are important nuggets of information that distill the complexities of brain injury rehabilitation even further. Practical tips throughout the guide take readers step-by-step through the journey of recovery. The book de-mystifies the serious consequences of brain injury and the evolving field of brain injury treatment. It arms patients—and the people who care for them—with both a better understanding of the changes they have experienced and the know-how to manage their newly configured lives. Personal stories from patients and families are also featured and truly inspire hope.

            The book includes a list of critical resources dealing with a host of topics from going to college after injury to the “how-to” of home care. This is an essential guide for those facing the challenge of relearning the basics of life after brain injury. It is a realistic and critical tool on the road to recovery.

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