Welcome to my website, where you will learn more about my book Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror and Triumph through a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury. Available at Amazon
And please check out my new release Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury.
You can’t console a parent in crisis: the numbness that comes with trauma coats everything. And yet, reflecting on the images of my son Paul lying in a coma, the only noise from the ventilator to aid his labored breathing, I remember when the chilling realization hit me: even if he did survive, he possibly could be deformed, handicapped or impaired. During the early stages after the crash (Paul was involved in a car accident while riding his bike; he was not wearing a bike helmet and suffered severe trauma to his head), I was in shock and needed information on traumatic brain injury and a guide to help me through our grief — I did not find such a tool or book…thus Unthinkable was created.
Unthinkable offers more than just another account of a harrowing personal journey. I’ve included numerous ready to use specific tips for the parents/caregivers of children with traumatic brain injury or other serious conditions, as well as practical strategies with suggestions for ways to deal with a medical crisis, ways to cope, and ways to help others facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Unthinkable gives inspirational as well as practical advice; it will ensure better support and help make a stressful, emotional time much easier for everyone. New caregivers need to be aware and informed and have answers to their many questions such as: What should I be doing in the emergency room? How can I find my way through the medical world? How do I transition my child from the intensive care unit to the rehabilitation hospital, then home? How can I best help my child? Are my feelings of anger, denial, and grief normal? What will it be like once my disabled child is home? What can I do to integrate my child back into the school system? How will my marriage or other children survive?… My heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story answers these questions intimately, directly, with sincerity.
No one is immune to getting that phone call – the one that tells you something bad has happened, that one of your loved ones has just been diagnosed with an incurable disease or has a life-threatening or terminal condition or has just been involved in a horrific accident. Most people think it’s never going to happen to them. They are totally unprepared for the shock and how to deal with the aftermath. Unthinkable will be a companion for anyone dealing with such tragedies, offering HOPE and helping them through their new terrain.
Unthinkable will speak to parents/caregivers, especially mothers who are seeking a guide through traumatic brain injury. Unthinkable will offer hope when no hope seems possible.
May the angels be with you!
With hope and hugs,
I had always wanted to be an astronaut to see if there were galaxies beyond our planet, to venture to where eternity began or infinity ended.
I had always dreamed of being an architect to create and bring to life an outrageous house sitting on a cliff singing to the ocean.
I had always thought to travel to explore the Greeks gods, to play in the pyramids, and to climb the highest peaks in the land.
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that mother-hood could be so mystical, adventurous, rewarding, challenging, fulfilling, and so grand.