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Learning by Accident by Rosemary Rawlins
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Jan 12, 12

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

This is the true story of how Rosemary and Hugh Rawlins rebuilt their marriage after he suffered a traumatic brain injury that almost killed him. Rosemary's details--hospital scenes, emails and cards from friends, therapy sessions--are described so vividly that I felt like a member of the family--my heart breaking as they suffered through so much pain, confusion, and fear. But unlike so many stories of brain trauma, theirs has a happy ending. Hugh was eventually able to resume professional work as well as cycling and surfing, Rosemary learned to rise above her crippling fear and anxiety, and their marriage, while much changed, deepened and solidified. This book is also a great testimony to the dozens of friends and family members who gave love not just in words and feelings but in thousands of errands and chores done, meals cooked, children chauffeured, and tears wiped. And it shows the skill and caring of all the professionals who played a part in Hugh and Rosemary's recovery--hospital staff, rehab counselors, therapists of all kinds. This book will make you cry, but it will also make you feel grateful, hopeful, and aware of the ways we all can find the strength to rise above adversity.

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