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Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
She didn’t see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then she descended into a place where she felt and saw nothing.

Jones survived this sudden assault by a stranger, but it left her with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD. Headstrong tells the story of how she learned to live w
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Published November 19th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Marika Lindholm
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A random and ugly act of violence gives rise to a book filled with wisdom and beauty.

Although the assault and the subsequent trauma are the scaffolding of this memoir, the story is so much more. We follow the author as she contends with the consequences of TBI such as, the ongoing challenge of living with invisible injury, and the struggle to regain mental and physical skills. We also celebrate the community of doctors, friends and loved ones who rallied in enumerable ways. I love that the chap
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Charlene
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because I am a writer, I always think I know what it takes to write a book. But what does it take to write a book when you have sustained traumatic brain injury? How much strength and focus does it require of someone whose instrument for creating the book is both the subject and the obstacle? This book will leave you inspired.
Joanna
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible beautiful and painful book. Can’t wait to read her next book.
Baileigh
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book! Highly recommend!
Catherine
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads promotion.

JoAnne Silver Jones travelled to Washington DC for the first inauguration of President Obama. She planned to stay with her daughter; when walking to her home, she was hit from behind with a hammer by an assailant and suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as fractures in both hands.

Thank you to Ms. Silver Jones for sharing her very personal, and often difficult, reflections on how this violent event has changed her life, physic
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Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
Quick note that rating is based on actual writing, not story itself. What this author went through and is going through is heartbreaking in the highest sense of the word and I would never rate someone's personal story.

I appreciated Jones's honesty in her writing, and her ups and downs while healing (and continuing to heal) from her assault were written about in great detail and without shying away from tough subjects. From the entire book, Jones makes it clear that trauma like this, for her and
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