You Look Great! Strategies for Living Inside a Brain Injury
STRATEGIES FOR LIVING INSIDE A BRAIN INJURY. In a way, this book began on YouTube. In 2008, my filmmaker son Chris shot and edited a 55-minute video of a speech I have presented to graduate students and medical professionals in the Boston area. The More...
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STRATEGIES FOR LIVING INSIDE A BRAIN INJURY. In a way, this book began on YouTube. In 2008, my filmmaker son Chris shot and edited a 55-minute video of a speech I have presented to graduate students and medical professionals in the Boston area. The video "You Look Great! - Inside a Traumatic Brain Injury" throws open a window into the not-well-understood world of neurotrauma rehabilitation. Marilyn Spivak, founder of the Brain Injury Association of America, wrote: "This short film is a must-see for anyone whose life touches mild TBI: survivors, families, friends, and professionals. With great insight, courage, and humor, John gives us a rare view of what it's like to live with this injury. His story, images, and metaphors open up a world typically closed, invisible, ignored, or misunderstood."This kind of enthusiasm made me realize the urgency of writing this book. I knew if people like the video, they're going to love the book. Sure enough, as I began showing excerpts to fellow survivors, they all said pretty much the same thing: "I wish I'd had this book right after my injury."I am painfully aware of the need for clear, non-technical information about TBI and the recovery process. Most survivors and their caregivers are bewildered and desperate to know more about this injury and what lies ahead. If something like this book had existed in 2005 when I sustained my injury, I believe my recovery would have been more endurable and more complete. I would have felt less alone, clearer about what might be ahead for me, and used strategies other survivors had developed. The lack of such a resource drove me to write this book. This book describes in detail what other survivors and I have learned about living with a brain injury. With its very personal narratives and rehabilitation strategies, I am confident that this book will help fellow survivors reduce the number of terrible days and in so doing help facilitate their recovery.
Between 1983 and 2005, John Byler worked as an Instructional Designer and writer, creating "learning solutions" for companies. Since his car accident on 21 September 2005 in which he sustained a so-called mild TBI, he has spoken with - commiserated with, shared tactics with, become life-long friends with - many other TBI survivors. He lives in Harvard, MA with his wife Lynne and, when they come home to visit, their all grown-up and moved-out sons Chris, Andrew, and Will. He will forever be grateful for their unconditional love, their lifelines of support, and their often random but healing senses of humor. John serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA).