A bonanza of books and more

New media recommendations from Peer Support Coordinator Brian Liebenstein are here! Since Brian is both a peer with brain injury and a journalist, you know he’ll have great recommendations for books, movies, and resources! Here’s what Brian shared with us recently:

In searching brain injury on some internet tools don’t feel alone if it feels like you are digging in an environment as dingy as a salt mine. However, if you never give up you can uncover books and other material that will, hopefully, leave you feeling like you have hit the mother lode in a gold mine.

Here are just two glittering finds I’ve come across: Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide: Welcome to Our World (Paperback); 2007 by Larry Jameson  (Author), Beth Jameson (Author) – This was an informative and hope-filled volume providing perspectives from both the injured (Beth’s) and care or support-giver (Larry’s) views. Hopefully, others will find it easy to navigate as well as helpful and inspirational, as I did. There are enough chapters and stories for many in the brain-injured community to recognize themselves or their support system besides their friends or un-informed acquaintances. The Jamesons do a great job of keeping the writing non-technical except for the few cases when they show knowledge that the brain-injured or their family and friends will be helped by having a medical term for problems or challenges to provide to doctors. This is a great book. It includes a tip for memory help based on BRAIN as a remindful acronym that is worth getting the book for but which is merely a pittance of its value. You’ll feel Blessed to read this.

Another blessing to those with brain injury searching for something that has at least some familiarity to them might be found in a documentary DVD created to relate some of the many varied levels of injury within the brain injury spectrum. Here’s hoping the following entry from the Washington County Collective Library System’s website proves informative and helpful.

Format: DVD, Videorecording, Projected Medium, Visual Materials
Title: Brain injury dialogues [videorecording (DVD)] / written and directed by Lyell Davies & Rick Franklin ; produced by Lyell Davies/Bainneclaba.
Edition: PBS broadcast version
Publisher, Date: [El Cerrito, Calif. : Brain Injury Dialogues], 2011, c2008.
Description: 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Dirk & Nani — Brain injury support group — Harvey — Rehabilitation —  Camping –Work — Mark — Brain injury pride.

Summary: Though he appears normal, Rick Franklin’s brain injury has made his life anything but. Teaming up with veteran documentary maker and friend Lyell Davies, Rick explores the impact that brain injury has had on himself and other survivors and reveals helpful approaches to living with a brain injury.

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