Author Shares Her Family’s Struggle with a Loved One’s Brain Injury

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C. J. Teahan relives how her daughter was able to pull triumph out of tragedy in a new Xlibris release.

In a heartbeat, one’s world can be shattered. One moment, Caron Schreer was contentedly driving to her honors band rehearsal. In the next instant, all conscious thought ceased. Within minutes, the jangling phone jerked her mother, C. J. Teahan, into action. Her daughter had been in an accident, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Here began the family’s horrendous nightmare, as told in CARON: Awakening, a new Xlibris release.

CARON: Awakening details, through a mother’s eyes, a sixteen-year-old’s struggles to emerge from a coma and reclaim her life following a closed head injury. Teahan describes the heartbreak of seeing her daughter, day after day, in a coma, as Caron’s world goes on without her. She takes us through the awakening process, where Caron wrestles to return to consciousness—and confusion. Eventually, Caron realizes the ramifications of an insult to her brain and joins her family’s nightmare. From this point, focus switches to Caron’s frustrations as she battles to piece her life back together. While life will never be exactly the same, Caron and her family discover that it is possible for a motivated person with an aggressive support system to make a comeback from a TBI.

Although nonfiction, the book reads like a novel and is replete with interesting details, many of them humorous. While not a medical text, the unfolding story reduces much “medicalese” to plain English. And throughout these pages, one will find many creative ideas not only to help the patient, but also to lighten the family’s stress.

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About the Author
As a teacher, C. J. Teahan often presented her lessons through stories. Now she is reaching out to a larger audience with this story to offer hope and inspiration to families living the nightmare of a loved one with a brain injury. It is especially important to engage one’s sense of humor as much as possible during such difficult times, she asserts.

Teahan lives with her husband Larry and their yellow Labrador, Ben. Caron, married to John (who is currently serving in Afghanistan), is the older of C. J.’s two children and the only girl among Larry and C. J.’s joined family. The boys are Matt, Scott, and B.J. The latter two, with their lovely wives Beth and Diana, have brought great joy into our lives with grandsons Garrett and Iverich.

CARON: Awakening by C. J. Teahan
Publication Date: September 3, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 299 pages; 978-1-4535-4839-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 299 pages; 978-1-4535-4840-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-4841-7

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