My Lost Summer
Paperback, 189 Pages
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This memoir tells of my recovery from a coma when I was 13. Because I live a normal life now, people are surprised to learn that I have had a Traumatic Brain Injury. They’re always so curious: How long were you in a coma? Do you remember anything? How did it happen? This book answers all those questions and more. An emotional Part I allows readers to experience the range of emotions my family felt as I lay unconscious. Part II describes my frustrations upon gaining consciousness: my right side was paralyzed and I couldn't speak. Part III tells how I was received once I returned to eighth grade and follows through to high school graduation, describing physical, social, and emotional problems I had along the way. This story shows how I met these problems with determination and how I accepted the ones I couldn’t change.
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May 21, 2009"A Life Regained" I really enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to hear what happens to a person - and his/her family - during recovery from a coma. This is especially interesting because I know Elizabeth as an everyday person, not as "the coma survivor." I especially appreciated her noting the difference in personality after the coma - a lack of awareness of "appropriateness." I have no doubt that such a traumatic experience has a profound impact on personality - for better AND for worse.
Jan 26, 2008"Very Moving" "My Lost Summer" was a powerfully emotional book for me. I am one of the book's characters, Libbi's brother Mike. Since I was living far away at the time of the accident I didn't experience as much of the day-to-day ups and downs that the rest of the family was living through. The book brought that experience to life for me. It captures the drama of my family's sadness and fear, and provides insight into Libbi's frustrations and eventual triumph. This book is a compelling personal drama which also contains a lot of practical information. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what a patient thinks when coming out of a coma. It is a must-read for families of head-injury patients.
Dec 18, 2007"Unique and inspiring" Elizabeth guides the reader on a journey no parent, or individual, would want to have to face. Step-by-step she shares the experience of a family as their child faces a traumatic injury that threatens to shake the security of all of their futures!
Jan 27, 2007"My Lost Summer" This book is a must for anyone dealing with a brain-injured person. I read it while I was walking on my treadmill. I can't remember ever walking that long!!! I cried almost all of the way through the book. Libbi was a student of mine. I remember that she was frustrated because things didn't come to her as easily after the accident as they did before it. I didn't realize just how frustrated she really was until I read her book. Penny Cramer
Apr 21, 2006"My Lost Summer" I grew up in Carlisle, Ohio, and I was a classmate of Libbi's. I read the book as a 13-year-old girl remembering that summer and hearing about Libbi's accident, and also as the mother of a newborn, praying that I would never be faced with that situation with my own daughter. I really enjoyed the book, and I think it was because it evoked memories of being 13, of knowing Libbi pre- and post-accident, and remembering friends from junior high and high school. As a 13 year old, I didn't understand the brain injury that had taken away my friend's personality as I remembered it. After reading this book, I realize what a terrible struggle Libbi went through--not just to live, but to live well.
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- Standard Copyright License
- Jamaica Road Press
- December 21, 2005
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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