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A most remarkable journey
on 26 January 2009
As a professional who specialised in working with people who had survived serious brain injuries it was most valuable (and at the same time humbling) to read Antoinette's account of her brain injury and its consequences.
The book is so well written that it is most readable - and as well as offering a personal account it also provides useful information on the psychological and cognitive consequences of experiencing a brain injury. But it is never "dumbed down".
Antionette's honesty, courage, and determination all emerge in her account of her recovery - and as she herself recognises, things are not over yet as far as her future development is concerned. The length of time which recovery from a severe brain injury takes is rarely taken into consideration by any of the statutory services, and it remains for the private and voluntary sectors, for example Headway (the UK organisation for brain injury) to help people pick up the pieces and continue with a meaningful - yet altered - life. This is what Antionette portrays so clearly and vividly. It has taken her years to recognise that she can't now make it as a medical doctor, but has to carve out new aspirations for herself. This book is itself a huge contribution to medicine, in that it is a unique account of events from the "patient's" point of view.
As such I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone who has anything to do with working with survivors of brain injury - whether they be volunteers, paid staff, carers or statutory purse string holders.