This important book provides a firsthand account of a university professor who experienced traumatic brain injury. It tells the story of Michael Arthur, who had recently accepted a position as vice principal of a new high school. After only two weeks on the job, he was involved in a car accident while driving through an intersection in northern Utah.
Through his personal account, he takes the reader into the dark interworkings of his mind as he tries to cope with his new reality. He provides insight into how he learned how to process information and even speak without stumbling on his words while also sharing how his significant relationships suffered as he tried to navigate the restless seas of doubt while trying to circumvent his unyielding symptoms.
The book is about finding optimism and gaining insight into the struggles of the brain-injured patient and about trying to understand the perspectives of loved ones who can’t quite grasp the idea of an invisible injury. From the sudden onset of garbled speech to the challenges of processing information, the changing dynamic of the author’s life is highlighted to help family members and healthcare workers better understand.
Table of Contents
A Moment in Time
A New Beginning
Coping with Change
Post-Concussion Syndrome and Work
Post-Concussion Syndrome and Family
Post-Concussion Syndrome and Finances
A Closer Look at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Finding Your Eden
Coping Strategies for Psychological Effects of Brain Injury
Michael S. Arthur completed his doctorate in education at Concordia University in the United States. He currently teaches graduate research courses to teachers working toward their master’s degrees in education. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Michael was determined to learn all he could about post-concussion syndrome to help himself and others.
"…Michael Arthur has written a must-read for anyone living with brain injury. I found his book highly relatable and credible. A page turner."
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