Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury 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.
Wow. Just wow. While this book was hard and painful to read at times, especially when hearing from the perspective of Kelly’s mother, having to watch her child go through this, it is also one of the most inspirational, moving books I’ve ever read as well. While I had heard of TBI in psychology courses, I never knew just how difficult living and dealing with it can be. It’s amazing all that the author has gone through, from ill-prepared teachers to struggling with relearning simple tasks that most people take for granted, such as walking and driving. And yet she still managed to succeed and now uses her experiences to help others.
I liked how this book balanced learning about TBI, while still allowing me to connect with the author and experience her emotions.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*