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Lost in My Mind: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Reflections of America
Narrated by: Lisa Negron
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Lost in My Mind is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife, and mother - despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Spanning three decades, Kelly's journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother's journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim's relentless search for success, love, and acceptance - while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory. 

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  • Learn why TBI is a "silent illness" for students as well as soldiers and athletes
  • Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve
  • Experience what it's like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI
  • Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI
  • Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, writing, and driving require intense determination

"This peek into the real-life trials and triumphs of a young woman who survives a horrific car crash and struggles to regain academic excellence and meaningful social relationships is a worthwhile read for anyone who needs information, inspiration or escape from the isolation so common after traumatic brain injury." (Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, Brain Injury Association of America)

©2014, 2019 Kelly Bouldin Darmofal (P)2019 Kelly Bouldin Darmofal

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this was a very good story and provided information for those of us with TBI's. It gives hope to those of us suffering. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 09-09-19

Very Inspirational

I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.
I was not familiar with TBI Traumatic Brain Injury. This book is written from two perspectives. The first half is Kelly's mothers journal entries from the time of her accident throw her recovery. This part was not written with a book in mind. It was written so that Kelly could know if she ever choose to read what she and her family went through. This is because Kelly had no memory of it. I really enjoyed this part of the book.
The second part is written by Kelly and gives the world an insight to what a person with TBI has to deal with on a daily basis. I found this book to be very real, very inspirational and I hope gives hope to those who suffer from TBI.
Lisa Negron is the narrator in this book and she does a wonderful job.

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I LOVED IT!

I absolutely loved it! This story was heartbreakingly beautiful and gives you different perspectives on the struggles of all family members. The narration was superb and gives the story that extra flair! The author did an excellent job with her story. I am in awe! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.