5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, December 19, 2014.
“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.
- 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
“Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s account is unique, yet widely applicable: she teaches any who have suffered TBI-and all who love, care for, and teach them–insights that are not only novel but revolutionary. The book is not simply worth reading; it is necessary reading for patients, poets, professors, preachers, and teachers.”
— Dr. Frank Balch Wood, Professor Emeritus of Neurology-Neuropsychology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
The theme would either be – how traumatic brain injuries are addressed within the field of education, or – how personal trauma can add meaning to your life.
2) Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite part of writing a book is when I see strangers connecting with the messages held in my text. My least favorite part of the process is editing.
3) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?
I would choose vanilla cake with vanilla icing.
4) If you had one message that you’d like to impart on your readers, what would it be?
The message I would like to leave with my readers is to never give up. With hard work and determination (and a ton of patience), anything is possible!
5) What percentage of your manuscript was complete when you sold your proposal?
My manuscript was 100% complete when I “sold” my proposal.
About the author:
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal is currently a freelance writer, wife, educator and stay-at-home mother. Because she suffered a severe closed head injury in 1992, and endured a lengthy convalescence, Kelly now advocates for individuals with TBI- especially students. After her article “Our Teachers Are Not Prepared” (English Journal, 2005) won a prestigious Edwin M. Hopkins Award from the NCTC, or National Council of Teachers of English, Kelly obtained her Masters in Special Education from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has taught special education at Forsyth Country Day School, and Summit School in Winston-Salem.
“No teacher in high school or college was trained to work with students like me,” says Kelly, the first TBI-certified student in her high school. She admits that the American military and sports organizations are now attempting to address the TBI issue. However, IDEA, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, has made TBI a certifiable disability category without assuring appropriate teacher training. She lectures on this “black hole” in education whenever possible, and relates her early TBI experiences with hopes of affecting change. Kelly has found canine care and rescue to be both a rewarding and healing hobby. Currently she owns two rescue mutts – Mitzy and Buddie. Visit Kelly online at www.ImLostInMyMind.com.
Title: Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Author: Kelly Bouldin Darmofal
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Author website: www.ImLostInMyMind.com
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, Dec 19, 2014.
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