Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. Over the past several weeks I have been working on completing my 4th e Book, in a series of e Books. These e Books are created from a selection of the articles and video presentations that I have written and created on a variety of topics during the past 86 months. The articles and video presentations presented in these e Books have been written and created from my quest to answers questions that many of us, who are living with the impact of a traumatic or an acquired brain injury; wrestle with as we live our lives.
The 1st Living with a Brain Injury e-Book — Putting the Pieces in Place — 60 Video Presentations, 2nd Being Your own Hero through Overcoming Adversity — Tools for Rebuilding Your Life e Book, 3rd Living with a brain injury and Building Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance e Book and now:
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The e Book, as with each of my e Books; is free to download. Please be aware that I have included hyperlinks, to related articles; in a few of the articles with in the e Book. Consequently, in the event that you print the e Book; you will not be able to benefit from the hyperlinks with in those articles.
Below is the introduction to Living with a Brain Injury, Making Sense of Why and What is my Destiny? e Book
For you who do not know me, through Second Chance to Live; my name is Craig J. Phillips. I sustained an open skull fracture and traumatic brain injury in 1967 when I was 10 years old. My right frontal lobe was damaged and experiences a severe brain bruise — coup contrecoup — with brain stem involvement. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks and after completing 6-7 weeks of traction to set my left femur (which was fractured in the accident). After completing traction to set my left femur, I was placed in a full body or Spica cast. I remained in that cast for 4-5 months.
Soon after being placed in the Spica cast I was transferred to another hospital — via ambulance — where I underwent brain surgery. In follow-up to the surgery, I underwent a 2 EEGS and a battery of other tests. The results from the EEG’s and cognitive / psycho social testing was shared with my Mom and Dad, but they elected to not share the results with me. My parents were told that I would probably not be able to succeed beyond high school academically. By the grace of God, hard work and determination, I taught myself how to walk, talk, read, write and speak in complete sentences.
Once my external wounds healed and I was able to talk, walk, read, write and speak in complete sentences I was mainstreamed back into elementary school. From the point that I re-entered elementary school the impact of my traumatic brain injury was never again a factor. Consequently the impact of my traumatic brain injury remained unknown to me for many years. I continued to run into walls for many years which left me bewildered and disappointed. To read a detailed account of what led to my attempts to make sense of why, you may read my detailed about page by clicking: HERE
Because I kept running into walls, despite my fervent attempt (s) to avoid them; I found myself grappling with the question Why? and What is my Destiny?
On February 6, 2007 I created Second Chance to Live to share some of the awareness’s’, lessons and discoveries that I made through my search to answer these two 2 questions“Why?” and “What is my Destiny?”. In this e Book, I offer a selection of articles, in which I share pieces of information; that have helped me to make sense of Why?” and to answer the question,“What is my Destiny?”. As an individual living with a brain injury, the information in this eBook may help you to make sense of why and in the process help you to answer the question,”What is my Destiny?.
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