As a result of these experiences, I have learned that there is no such thing as a 'return to normal' following a traumatic injury. But, it is possible to live a great life and to pursue realistic dreams based on being the best you can be. The process begins with accepting where and who and how you are right now.
Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) October 6, 2009
A new book has just been released that guides readers through the painful yet hopeful journey of recovering from severe traumatic brain injury. In 'Realistic Hope - Aspirations for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury,' author Mark Palmer offers sober insights through every critical step following traumatic brain injury and gives helpful advice for how to practically handle difficult situations.
Palmer's advice comes first hand. At the age of 15, the car he was riding in was hit by a Detroit city bus. Palmer went into a coma, survived 15 surgeries, a dozen grand mal seizures and scores of shoulder dislocations. Now 45 years later, he is telling his story.
"He has used the knowledge acquired through his own successes and failures to give patients and their families a "How to" guide for negotiating this difficult territory. He walks the family through the earliest stages of the trauma until the patient and the family can set their own course for a successful outcome, no matter what the problem may be."
Francis Lagattuta M.D.
Despite the title, this book not only addresses survivors of traumatic brain injury, but recognizes the situation of caregivers, one thing that makes this book unique. Palmer acknowledges the need for communication among all the parties in the survivor's environment. This is a book that everyone, who ever has encountered a challenging life situation, should read.
"As a result of these experiences, I have learned that there is no such thing as a 'return to normal' following a traumatic injury. But, it is possible to live a great life and to pursue realistic dreams based on being the best you can be. The process begins with accepting where and who and how you are right now."
Mark is not only a survivor of a traumatic injury, he is also a family member offering support to a son and daughter-in-law managing the care of their son with Aplastic Anemia, also in charge of managing care for a brother who suffered a crippling decline in health and a long recovery from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, as well as offering support to others going through open-heart surgery, depression, and other major life challenges. He is a willing coach to survivors and their families through each step of the journey of recovery from traumatic illness or injury.
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