New Book Details What Everyone Should Know About Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

Little Rock, AR, December 10, 2007 --( A remarkable new book by a husband-and-wife team is giving hope to those whose lives have been affected by traumatic brain injuries—and does so from the perspective of two people who’ve been there.

Just published by Outskirts Press, The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide, Welcome to Our World is a must for patients and those who know someone living with a traumatic brain injury—a condition, caused by any type of trauma to the brain, characterized by memory loss, behavioral and mood changes, among other symptoms. Experts estimate the condition affects more than one million people, and it has become the signature wound of the military conflict in Iraq because of the rise of improvised explosive devices.

The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide, available on the authors’ Web site at, is the brainchild of Arkansas residents Beth and Larry Jameson. Seventeen years ago, Beth suffered an anoxic stroke while in the hospital, devastating her memory and turning what was once rote and commonplace into monumental tasks. From making a cup of coffee and shopping for groceries, to applying her make-up and using an ATM, Beth had to re-learn just about everything.

Over time, however, the couple developed an effective system to acquire basic skills and cope with the dramatic change in lifestyle, a system that eventually helped Beth maintain a full-time job. Those strategies and how-to steps, designed to improve memory, cognitive skills and behavior, are what became The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide. A small sample of these strategies includes:

The BRAIN system: A mnemonic designed to recall a series of memory exercises that are essential for anyone living with an injured brain.

Memory Seeds: Small pieces of information, such as those gleaned from looking at a photo album with a family member, which can grow into a fully formed memory.

Lists, lists and more lists: From health insurance information to what to take when leaving the house (not to mention what goes into a cup of coffee), a chapter devoted solely to how-to and checklists prepares survivors for real-world independence.

In clear, easy-to-understand prose, The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide provides insight not just for those surviving brain injuries, but also their families, friends, co-workers and anyone else who just wants to understand more about the experience of living with brain injuries from the patient’s perspective. It also provides information and guidelines specific to family members who find themselves in the new role of caregiver, and tips on how best to deal with medical professionals.

While brain injuries are always unexpected, unwanted and life changing, The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide shows they don’t have to be life ending.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1620-2 Format: 5.5x8.5 paperback Pages: 200 Genre: Cognitive Therapy

About the Authors: Beth Jameson is a survivor of brain injury who has achieved a normal lifestyle with help from her husband, Larry. Despite being told she would probably never work again, Beth now signs off on purchases for an S&P 500 company. The pair decided to write The Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide to help others, especially the flood of returning soldiers who are coming home with traumatic brain injuries received in combat. The Jamesons also plan on launching a Web site to serve as a community and resource hub for those living with brain injuries.

Author Contact: Visit them on the Web at


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