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The Twelfth Raven: A Memoir of Stroke, Love and Recovery

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When Doris Brett's fit and healthy 59-year-old husband Martin had a stroke, they were unexpectedly thrown into a journey of discovery. What began as a minor stroke turned into a golf-ball sized blood clot on his brain, followed by a life-threatening heart condition. Later, Doris learned that she carried the potentially deadly BRCA1 genetic mutation. Due largely to Doris' r ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by UWA Publishing (first published March 1st 2014)
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Sarah Anne
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that is inspiring and insightful.
Written beautifully, the author provides us with a journal of recovery post stroke that is both innovative and useful.
Important , practical tips are provided including how to be an effective advocate for your loved one.
Worthwhile read

One ordinary evening when Doris Brett and her husband Martin went out dancing, the normally super-sharp Martin became confused. After struggling to put sentences together, an ambulance was called, and, in Doris’ own words, “so it begins.” Martin ends up having a massive stroke, suffering extensive damage to the left frontal lobe, which leaves him unable to talk, walk (never mind dance) and eat on his own. The doctors are not hopeful about his prognosis, but Doris, a psychologist, is aware of the ...more
Megan Brittain
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. Honest, raw, funny, and insightful. The shared experience of the sick and the carer. The navigation of the medical world, wards, doctors, waiting, reading, fear, etc. You feel emotional as you read this journey of this intelligent woman and her husband. Having a father who has had a stroke and an aunt with cancer, I can relate to this woman. Read it. It moved me. I loved the passages on friendship and lack of. What people give and then don't give. I will share this boo ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Medical memoirs are quite mesmerizing, and this one invites us to expect a happy ending, but it’s badly in need of editing. Parts 1 and 2 were good, even with the narcissistic attention to the details of car parking and computer incompetence, part 3 was a bit too much and part 4 just didn’t belong, turning direction to the narrators’s voluntary double mastectomy and nothing to do with the first 3 parts about Martin’s stroke and recovery. For a psychotherapist the narrative style is both insightf ...more
Sarah Morton
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
“The Danish writer Isak Dineson wrote that ‘All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story’.”

In her second memoir, poet and psychologist Doris Brett turns personal tragedy into a story of resilience and determination, as she once again navigates the journey from life-threatening illness to recovery.

She likens the experience to Alice falling down the rabbit hole. “We are prepared for everything. Absolutely everything,” she writes. “Except what happens.”

What happens is that her healthy 59-yea
Jenny Esots
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
When words fail
In her memoir The Twelfth Raven, Doris Brett describes the slow, frustrating and all consuming process of supporting her husband following his stroke. She is able to articulate the experience and painstaking process of learning to speak again. The author is a psychologist used to analysing thoughts, feelings and behaviours, her husband’s name is Martin. The Twelfth Raven refers to a rhyme and of the twelfth – joy for tomorrow.
An hour ago he was awake and seeking
Them – words, those
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I simply loved this book - it was incredibly moving but also incredibly gripping - I didn't want to put it down! It's such an amazing story that Doris has experienced and she tells it with wit, compassion, and beauty. There are also plenty of very practical evidence-based tips for those with a family member who is experiencing or has experienced a stroke. Highly recommended!
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