Surviving a TBI: New Book Details What Life Looks Like Twenty Years Later

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An inspirational reflection of C.B. Miller’s challenging journey of recovery

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We wanted to document our journey in hopes that we can be of help to others going through similar struggles. It is important for C.B. to motivate people to stay positive no matter what challenges they face.

It is estimated that nearly 50,000 Americans die from brain injuries due to violence, transportation accidents and falls each year. More than 80,000 people sustain significant disabilities or problems with thinking, memory, emotion and mobility.

C.B. Miller defied the odds after losing almost half of his brain when a three-story balcony railing gave way in mid conversation and he plunged helpless and headlong through darkness, his skull colliding with inflexible hardness in an alley below.

Now 20 years later, after numerous surgeries, demanding rehabilitation and literally thousands of hours of tutoring and instruction, C.B. has a college degree, lives independently and shares his story to motivate at-risk kids and educate college students about TBI.

“A Matter of Recovery” is a human-interest story, both inspiring and harrowing, that follows C.B., his family and a community of friends through a challenging journey, one that begins with sheer survival and ends with hard-won success.

The book was written by Wes Skillings, a journalist and editor who first met the subject of the book a number of years ago when he wrote an article for his newspaper. Skillings and the Miller family quickly formed a friendship, and a few years later C.B.’s father, Mike, asked him to help them write a book about his son.

“We wanted to document our journey in hopes that we can be of help to others going through similar struggles,” said C.B.’s father. “It is important for C.B. to motivate people to stay positive no matter what challenges they face.”

“A Matter of Recovery” is a resource for the brain injured and their families and reflects on how to negotiate an obstacle course of red tape, apathy and ignorance that often stymies the disabled in their pursuit of a meaningful life.

By sharing their experiences with others, the Millers hope to not only inspire, but also inform.
TBI survivors face daily challenges and many of them, along with their loved ones, do not know how to advocate for themselves as they encounter systems that are ill equipped and people who are misinformed.

If “A Matter of Recovery” helps just one person tackle the difficult tasks involved in making their own way, the Millers believe it will serve its purpose.

“A Matter of Recovery: The Story of C.B. Miller”
By: Wes Skillings
ISBN: 978-1-4897-0301-9
Available in softcover, hardcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and LifeRich Publishing online bookstores

About the author
Wes Skillings has been writing and editing the words of others for his entire professional life. As an editor, reporter and columnist for Pennsylvania newspapers with a career spanning almost four decades, he wrote human-interest stories for thousands of readers on a weekly basis. Skillings currently lives in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mary.

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