A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury

Pearlsong Press
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A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident, with a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma.

"Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life," says Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy & Therapeutic Writing Institute. "Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem and altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them. It is a brilliant and urgently needed addition to the literature in therapeutic writing."

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About the author

Louise Mathewson holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Wordgathering: Journal of Disability Poetry, Mochila Review, Boulder County Kid and Sasee magazines, and the anthologies Cup of Comfort—Vol. I (Adams Media) and Borderlines ’08 (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom). 

  Most recently her work appears in Mentor’s Bouquet, an anthology edited by Linda Leedy Schneider (Finishing Line Press, Fall 2009).Louise has always loved to write about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, but today these experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though she struggled at first, she resumed writing as soon as she was able. Today Louise lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where she continues to write and recover.

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Publisher
Pearlsong Press
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Published on
Oct 1, 2012
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Pages
124
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ISBN
9781597190565
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Healing
Medical / Neurology
Poetry / General
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / General
Poetry / Women Authors
Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
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