Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lost In My Mind: Recovering from TBI by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal Book Review

*I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions are my own.*

I have a friend that has suffered(and still is) from a TBI.  I was interested in reading this book and wanted to see if this could help me understand what he is going through.  I found Lost in my Mind: Recovering from TBI by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal to be an honest account of the slow and often frustrating road to recovery after a traumatic brain injury.  
This book is written in both Kelly's and her mother Carolyn's memories and accounts.  Her mother Carolyn is very honest and open about the slow uphill battles from first hearing about the car crash that caused the TBI through the process of the first couple years after the crash.  I really appreciated reading about her honesty.  Her writings showed her struggles that did not always show Carolyn in the most positive light, but it did absolutely show how much she loves kelly and how she fought to get her daughter throughout recovery.  I loved how finding humor was something that even now they can rely on.  
The writing does take a little while to get the hang of.  But once I became engrossed and, to be honest, emotionally attached to the character I was able to follow the writing and could feel the pain and anguish both mother and daughter went through on the road to recovery.  

I think the Frequently Asked Questions at the end of the book were very helpful to let others know ways to treat someone who has suffered a TBI.  I wish that I had read this book a couple years ago and recommend it for anyone who is coming in contact with someone who has suffered a TBI.   I also personally think this is better in print form.  The book is a fairly quick read so you can pass it on to friends and family too.   

About the Book by the Publisher
  • Learn why TBI is a "silent illness" for students as well as soldiers and athletes. 
  • Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve. 
  • Experience what it's like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI. 
  • Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI. 
  • Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, writing, and driving require intense determination.

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