by Loving Healing Press
New memoir by trauma survivor shares first-hand experience of living with TBI and overcoming its challenges.
Lost in My Mind: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (Modern History Press, 2014) is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother – despite living with severe TBI. This is the story of a victim who refused to be one.
Kelly’s book spans over two decades of her life with TBI. The chapters in this memoir offer readers a closer look at what it means to live with TBI while also focusing on TBI education in America. The author abridges her mother’s journals to describe forgotten experiences, continuing the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice to tell the story of a victim’s relentless search for success, love, and acceptance while coping with physical, psychological, and social challenges.
Lost in My Mind also comes as a resource of education about the incidence and demography of TBI. It dispels the myth that TBIs primarily happen to soldiers and athletes. There are over one million students with TBIs currently enrolled in our schools, with only a handful of teachers adequately trained to instruct them.
“My book calls attention to this ‘black hole’ in the American education system. My readers will ultimately gain a sense of hope and perseverance from my story,” says Kelly Darmofal.
Publisher Victor Volkman, of Modern History Press, regards Kelly Darmofal’s book as unique in several ways to the existing TBI literature: the injury and recovery begins in adolescence (age 15); it shows how your entire life can change in a split-second; and it is longitudinal in that it spans 22+ years of recovery.
“I am most proud of how it portrays the intense struggle to both re-learn an existing life while simultaneously pursuing an education from high school to grad school,” Volkman comments on the book. “Most importantly, Lost in My Mind serves as an inspiration to other survivors and their caregivers to carry on their own monumental day-by-day struggles.”
Lost in My Mind (ISBN- 978-1-61599-244-7) is immediately available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook editions at online stores or from your local bookseller by special-order..
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Loving Healing Press
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9627