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1.4 Million People Sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury in the U.S. Every Year, But a New Book From Journalist Lee Carlson About His Own Traumatic Brain Injury and Recovery Shows There is Hope. Mr. Carlson is Available for Interviews for Television, Radio, Web and Print.

Are you a producer or editor looking for a compelling story during March, National Brain Injury Awareness Month? (March 16 is Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. Information available at http://www.biausa.org)

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is very much in the news, from roadside bombings of soldiers, to injuries to athletes, to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Lee Carlson’s Traumatic Brain Injury ordeal began on a beautiful spring day in 2002 when his life was transformed forever by a careless, speeding driver. Father, husband, writer, son—all that was about to change. Several days later he woke up in a hospital with a new identity: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor. Unfortunately he knew all about TBI. Just months before, his mother had fallen down a flight of basement stairs, crushing her brain and leaving her unable to walk, speak or feed herself. “Passage to Nirvana” tells the story of one person's descent into the hell of losing everything: family, home, health, even the ability to think—and the slow, remarkable climb back. He is one of the few people who understands TBI both as a victim and a caregiver.

“I have been a professional specializing in brain injury for more than 30 years. Lee Carlson's “Passage to Nirvana” explains the problems that result from traumatic brain injury better than any memoir I've read. I would make this compulsory reading for all my staff.”
– Corinne Slade, former owner and president of Rehabilitation Specialists

In “Passage to Nirvana” Mr. Carlson tells his story in a unique creative style brought on by his brain injury, combining short poems and essays in an interwoven, exuberant narrative. “Passage to Nirvana” recounts one person’s struggle and ultimate joy at building a new life. The story takes the reader through Intensive Care Units, doctors’ offices and a profusion of therapy centers, eventually winding its way to sunlit oceans, quiet Zen meditation halls, white beaches, azure skies and a sailboat named Nirvana. “Passage to Nirvana” is an illustrative tale about finding a path to happiness after a traumatic life event, a book about the Poetry of Living.

“Deserves to be Hailed As A Unique and Lasting Contribution to American Letters.”
– Reverend Thomas Yorty, Westminster Presbyterian Church

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 1.4 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States every year, of which 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency room. To put that number in perspective, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 there were 1.5 million new cancer cases. But with cancer you can be “cured.” With TBI, you are never fully cured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans need long-term or life-long need help performing activities of daily living as a result of TBI.

“Amazing, Really Amazing. I Want to Share it With Others.” –Rabbi John Linder, Temple Solei

Yet in the midst of these difficulties, there is hope thanks to new therapies, diagnostic techniques and understanding of TBI. Lee Carlson gives a human face to recovery from traumatic brain injury, telling his story in a personal, touching way, thanks to his career as a writer before his accident, when he worked for such well-known media outlets as NBC Sports, ESPN, Outside Magazine, Skiing Magazine (where he was senior editor) and many others. Mr. Carlson is an experienced and engaging personality for print, web, radio and television interviews. Call Mr. Carlson directly at 631-335-2747. Review copies of “Passage to Nirvana” are available, as are videos of Mr. Carlson’s appearances and audio samples of radio interviews. Sample chapters are available at http://www.passagetonirvana.com.

“Passage to Nirvana” A Survivor’s Zen Voyage: Reflections on Loss, Discovery, Healing & Hope by Lee Carlson
328 pages • Hardcover, Trade Paperback & ebook• ISBN: 978-0-9826884-7-2

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