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A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury

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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 caregivers who have also been transformed by injury. The book includes a resource section and the journaling prompts Mathewson found helpful. "This book should be required for every neurologist graduating from residency," says Linda W. Peterson-St. Pierre, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. "It should be in every VA hospital for soldiers returning from war. It should be at the bedside of all who suffer at home. A caretaker should gently read these words out loud to heal and be healed."

121 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2012

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Louise Mathewson

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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 loss of family members, divorce and parental alcoholism. Her work in this area inspired her to write articles in support of children dealing with some of life’s most difficult challenges. Many of her works have been published in children’s and family magazines.

While Louise has always written about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, today those experiences hold even deeper meaning. In February 2003 she emerged from a two-week coma following an auto-accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Though a struggle at first, Louise returned to her writing as soon as she was able. She has since used her writing (and poetry in particular) to help her cope with the lingering physical affects of the accident, recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder, and in the emotional part of her healing process.

A Chicago native, she holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. Having raised her family in Eden Prairie, MN, Louise and her husband relocated some years ago to Sarasota, FL, where she continues to write and heal seaside.

Louise's first full-length poetry collection, A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury, will be published by Pearlsong Press in October, 2012. Visit her website.

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