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In February 2003 author Louise Mathewson emerged from a two-week coma following an auto accident in which she had suffered a traumatic brain injury. At first unable to walk or make herself understood, she resumed writing as soon as she could and found the process transformative. The poems in A Life Interrupted depict her healing journey and provide hope to patients and car ...more
Paperback, First, 121 pages
Published October 2012 by Pearlsong Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michelle
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This book was written by my friend's mother. It is a memoir in poetry about her experiences after she was involved in a car crash that left her in a coma for 2 weeks and with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I was moved to tears by her poetry. To have gone from having no language when she awoke from her coma, to this lovely prose is truly amazing. You understand what her experiences were like trying to navigate a world she no longer has a map for and must learn to rewrite her own map. ...more
Debbie Hampton
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As someone who had a serious brain injury, I could so relate to the sentiments expressed in these poems. Following the natural progression of healing physically, emotionally, and mentally post injury, the poems start out expressing the bewilderment, shock, and grief arriving with a brain injury and evolve to communicate hesitant acceptance and hope. Finally, the last poems convey a new understanding of reality, energy, and appreciation of life. I wish I had had access to this book when I was in ...more
Sheree
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Traumas are about transformations,' wise words that begin Louise Mathewson's new poetry collection 'A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury' and also close it, reinforcing the transformation that takes place within these pages. What is remarkable about this collection, detailing one woman's experience of a brain injury resulting from a car accident, is the journey towards the Self that the writer takes the reader on. In vivid and concrete imagery, the reader comes to understand this life c ...more
Louise Mathewson
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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PRAISE FOR A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury:

"Life can change in a moment. This collection of poems by Louise Mathewson provides record of a shattering car accident and the aftermath of a brain injury. Ms. Mathewson awakens from a coma to find her self and her life irrevocably changed. At first, she is unable to walk or make herself understood. Her brain could no longer abstract or remember. Although the setbacks are many, she is able to begin again. The collection will provide hope t
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The internationally published award-winning author of short stories, narrative essays, and poems, Louise Mathewson’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals and book anthologies - including Mentor’s Bouquet and the bestselling book series, Cup of Comfort-Vol. 1 .

Over the years Louise has facilitated support groups for children dealing with the challenges of loss, including grief over
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