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Living the Invisible Disability

Coping with Post Concussion Syndrome Traumatic Brain Injury & Depression
Narrated by: Kalisha Fleischmann
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Who hasn't had a rough day? What if that 'rough day' ended up spanning the course of years? And, it was invisible to others? Hannah's life was going great. She was a stylist with high profile clients in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Miami. Her talk show host career was taking off, but in one split second, everything changed. She was in a serious auto accident, left with a traumatic brain injury - and post-concussion syndrome, which results in threatening depression. Her career was instantly in ruins.

Hannah was in constant physical, emotional, and mental pain and could no longer be the mother she had been. In fact, everything that made her who she was seemed to have been ripped away. Without much information to guide her, Hannah embarked on her long, painful journey of recovery. For more than a year, it was two steps forward, one step back. Rather than give in and give up, she discovered resilience in the face of adversity. She did not just cope, she learned to thrive as she embraced the opportunity of paying forward what she learned through her experience and her decisions regarding how to perceive them.

In this candid, pull-no-punches account, Hannah shares her story of fear, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts that were superseded by everyday small victories, and ultimately an acceptance of the responsibility to share with others what it takes to overcome whatever you might be dealt. She reveals the practical tips she utilized as she healed herself from the inside out. Ultimately, Hannah's is a story of hope, followed by action, which leads to necessary change in our outlook on life's challenges. Hannah shares how her accident was a blessing in disguise that led her to rediscover her passion in life for helping others. Today, she lives her mantra, "We are not alone. And none of us should suffer in silence." Certainly not you.

©2014 Hannah Andrusky (P)2016 Hannah Andrusky

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SO REAL!

I'm currently less than a year into a concussion. I'm trying to find the part of me I lost. This book validated my struggles! Gave me EXCELLENT information to help me seek out more answers. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it gave me hope for a possible future that Isn't so dark at the moment! Thank you for writing this book, its so important to share to people like me. I pray my journey turns out half as good as hers did!

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  • KB
  • 10-18-16

Great insight for self & family

Helpful hearing single mom with TBI. I second Functional Brain Scan and Self Advocacy. Great insight into frustrating process of working with various doctors for this complex injury and how to understand the gravity of it. It IS invisible and so difficult to understand and explain to family, friends, and medical staff. I needed this 5 years ago.

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Light at the end of the tunnel.

I too suffer from PCS. I hadn't heard that diagnosis until I finished this book on Audible and asked my Doctors. I'm 14 months out from my headon auto accident. This book has become my bible. It has brought so much clarity to the cage I feel trapped in. Thank you Hannah... I cried the intire way through your journey.

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Thank you

I just finished reading this book it was like looking at my own life story. I learned things that I didn’t know. This book helped me to understand some of the things that happened in the early stages of my TBI. Also helps me to look at healthier choices moving forward. I am 6 years into my recovery and I find that laughing is one of my best therapy’s.
This is a great book for anyone who knows someone or they themselves may be suffering from a brain injury PCS, TBI or a mild concussion.

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Thank you for telling my story!

As a TBI and PCS survivor, it is so refreshing to know that I am not alone. I am going to share this book with everyone in my life who dismisses the challenges that I go through and I’m also going to take the advice of how to start bouncing back and taking control of my health. Thank you so much for this gift.

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Excellent book, good info and hope!

Excellent book, good info and hope for a light at the end of the concussion pain.

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  • Meaghan
  • 08-07-19

Disappointingly uninsightful

Homophobic comment in the first chapter sets the tone. Didn't make it much further. Was hoping to learn more about PCS, but felt like I was learning about the author's sense of self-entitlement instead.