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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849854092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849854092
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.3 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,898,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's written by a young person, in a young person's language, however it will still hold appeal across the board to people who have been affected by brain injury, and should be a must read for all professionals involved in the care and support of children and young people. -- Encephalitis Society Newsletter This is a remarkable and unique narrative by a woman who has suffered a brain injury when she was 14 years old, and covers an 8-year post-concussion time span. She has lost all childhood memories, and her new learning is limited and inconsistent...The stigma and lack of understanding associated with having a hidden disability is conveyed evocatively. Nevertheless, the book is not intended to elicit sympathy but to allow her expression of both the frustration and the ironies of coping with a brain injury...Clinicians who work with clients who have brain injuries will feel humbled and can but learn from this book...It is rare for anyone with or without a brain injury to accomplish such an excellent book. -- Journal of Mental Health Imagine it, if you can. Well, you probably wouldn't get close to imagining how dreadful it could be to find your brain has suddenly messed up big style after a head injury. This revealing story tells what happened to one not so ordinary adolescent in November 1992... This is her story. The account of a reconstructed identity. Read it and experience the regrowth of an adolescent spirit. -- from the Foreword by Dr Robert McCabe, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, Gartnavel Royal Hospital --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It's written by a young person, in a young person's language, however it will still hold appeal across the board to people who have been affected by brain injury, and should be a must read for all professionals involved in the care and support of children and young people. (Encephalitis Society Newsletter)

This is a remarkable and unique narrative by a woman who has suffered a brain injury when she was 14 years old, and covers an 8-year post-concussion time span. She has lost all childhood memories, and her new learning is limited and inconsistent...The stigma and lack of understanding associated with having a hidden disability is conveyed evocatively. Nevertheless, the book is not intended to elicit sympathy but to allow her expression of both the frustration and the ironies of coping with a brain injury...Clinicians who work with clients who have brain injuries will feel humbled and can but learn from this book...It is rare for anyone with or without a brain injury to accomplish such an excellent book. (Journal of Mental Health)

Imagine it, if you can. Well, you probably wouldn't get close to imagining how dreadful it could be to find your brain has suddenly messed up big style after a head injury. This revealing story tells what happened to one not so ordinary adolescent in November 1992... This is her story. The account of a reconstructed identity. Read it and experience the regrowth of an adolescent spirit. (from the Foreword by Dr Robert McCabe, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, Gartnavel Royal Hospital) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I was recommended this book by CBIT after my daughter suffered Acquired Brain Injury at the age of 12. She was left with many of the difficulties Lynsey encountered - lack of orientation and mapping skills, inability to recognise familiar faces, loss of all previous memories. It was a terrifying situation and neurologists could give us little guidance, as the brain is such an unknown quantity.

Whilst I found it distressing reading it whilst going through similar situations with my daughter, it was reassuring to realise that someone else had been through this and came through the other side. Lynsey's frank account of what she had been through became my guidance for assisting my daughter and helped me understand more of what it was like for her.

All medical staff working in neurological units should be made to read this, as not enough of them have a true understanding of what their patients are going through. Lots of my daughter's problems were put down to behavioural problems caused by frontal lobe damage, when istead they turned out to be fear of the big scary unknown world she found herself in after 6 months in a coma.

Lynsey is a true inspiration
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The first thing that struck me about this book is the searing honesty with which it is written, having suffered no major injuries myself I can only iimagine how difficult it musy be to come to terms with being unable to do the things we all take for granted - finding your way around town, going to work, meeting friends. All of these relatively simple tasks become mountains that need to be climbed on a daily basis of you suffer from the same type of injury that Lynsey has. I was really impressed with how she has handled herself and come to terms with it all, her book opened my eyes to the debilitating injury she suffers from. I'd recommmend it to anyone who wants an honest yet funny account of her life.
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Bought "Cracked" after reading an artical in a magazine, about Lyndsay.
Written in a truly unique style, with feeling, honesty and humour. A facinating account about Lyndsey's life, injury,
problems, triumphs and experiences - written my Lyndsay herself.
This book has such a relaxed and fresh writing style that it's more like a "chat over a cup of coffee" than a biography.
Gave me "oh, I'll just read the next chapter" syndrome - so reading it cover-to-cover was over too quickly.
Well done Lyndsay - truly remarkable.
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