Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk

1st Edition

Sheena McDonald, Allan Little, Gail Robinson

Routledge
May 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138600737 - CAT# K387914
Series: After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories

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Summary

Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk tells the survival story of Sheena McDonald, who 20 years ago was hit by a van and suffered a very severe brain injury. Sheena’s story is told from her own, personal standpoint and also from two further unique and invaluable perspectives. Allan Little, a BBC journalist and now Sheena’s husband, describes both the physical and mental impact of the injury on himself and Sheena. Gail Robinson, Sheena’s neuropsychological rehabilitation specialist, provides professional commentaries on Sheena’s condition, assessments and recovery process.

The word Dreamtalk, created by Allan to describe Sheena’s once hallucinogenic state, sets the tone for this book. It humanises and contextualises the impact of brain injury, providing support and encouragement for patients, professionals and families. It presents exclusive insights into each stage of recovery, spanning coma, altered consciousness, post-traumatic amnesia and rehabilitation; all showing how she has defied conventional clinical expectations and made an exceptional recovery.

This is valuable reading to those who have suffered a brain injury and also to professionals such as neurologists, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists working in the field.

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