New Book Offers Tips on Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury

When her son was struck by a car while riding his bicycle without a helmet, Dixie Coskie was thrust into an unexpected, exhausting caregiver role. Now her new book offers survival tips to help other parents deal with a child’s traumatic brain injury.

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Coskie provides hope and help to parents in the same situation by focusing on necessary information for parents and caregivers.

(PRWEB) January 09, 2012

Every year thousands of people experience traumatic brain injuries. Most books on the topic are written by the survivor of the injury or a spouse, but now a mother has come forward to offer her experiences. Author Dixie Coskie shares tips for coping when the unthinkable happens to your child in her new book “Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury” (ISBN 9781936214419, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2011).

In 2001, thirteen-year old Paul was struck by a car while riding his bicycle without a helmet. His family’s life was turned upside down as they cared for him through the immediate crisis and months of prolonged recovery and rehabilitation. Dixie Coskie has told her and her family’s incredible journey through the first year of Paul’s recovery in her previous book “Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror and Triumph through a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury.” Now in her second book “Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury,” Coskie provides hope and help to parents in the same situation by focusing on necessary information for parents and caregivers.

“Unthinkable” is divided into ten sections of tips, beginning with addressing the steps and components of preparedness, including Coskie’s advocating for helmet safety. Other tips include what friends should or should not do, how to help other children in the family through the event, and reminders to take care of yourself and to include humor in your life.

Readers of “Unthinkable” will learn how to:

  •     navigate through the new terrain of an injured child.
  •     transition successfully from the ICU to the rehab hospital.
  •     manage the move from rehab to home.
  •     reintegrate a disabled child back into school and the community.
  •     sustain the rest of the family so everyone can cope and survive.
“Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury” is getting rave reviews from readers. Joseph Yurt of Reader Views states, “Coskie’s priceless experience makes this book a valuable resource for dealing with an unthinkable, life-changing event for which none of us is ever prepared.” And Coskie’s first book “Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror and Triumph through a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury” received praise from distinguished medical professionals and parents both. Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, whose own son endured a Traumatic Brain Injury, stated, “I highly recommend this book. As a woman who has had one of my own children triumph over a traumatic brain injury, I salute the author’s courage, faith, and most of all love.”

About the Author
Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie, mother of eight children, helps to raise awareness and funds for traumatic brain injury through working with both national and local organizations, as well as through many charity events that help benefit children. Dixie has become a writer of caregiving articles, both on the web and in health and medical-related magazines such as the “Health Monitor.” She recently contributed five tips on stress and caregiving to “Empowered Patients” on CNN. Dixie and her son Paul are engaging, motivational speakers, who advocate for helmet safety and share their inspiring story to give comfort and hope to other families facing a serious illness or injury. Their story has been featured in “The Saturday Evening Post,” and the two have made numerous appearances on TV and radio.

“Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury” (ISBN 9781936214419, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2011) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.DixieCoskie.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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