Living the Invisible Disability : Coping with Post Concussion Syndrome Traumatic Brain Injury & Depression
"This portrait of many months recovering has much to teach the physicians as well as lay readers. The condition she struggled with is neither rare nor trivial, but unfortunately, remains medically unaddressed." - Bruce Beutler Nobel Prize Winner & Laureate 2011. "As a close friend to Hannah and no stranger to brain injuries after playing in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills for sixteen years and being ranked 10th in NFL history, I watched Hannah regress slowly. I had just lost my friend, Junior Seau, to suicide resulting from a brain injury. I couldn't sit back and let her fall too. Today, the controversy over concussions and post concussion syndrome is growing rapidly. This timely book sheds a light for all those who have suffered from it." - Andre Reed NFL Hall of Fame 2014.
- Paperback | 108 pages
- 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 127.01g
- 21 Apr 2014
- Outskirts Press
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Hannah Andrusky
Who hasn't had a rough day? What if that 'rough day' ended up spanning the course of years? And, it was invisible to others.... Hannah's life was going great. She was a stylist with high profile clients in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Miami. Her talk show host career was taking off, but in one split second, everything changed . She was in a serious auto accident, left with a traumatic brain injury - and post-concussion syndrome, which results in threatening depression. Her career was instantly in ruins. Hannah was in constant physical, emotional and mental pain and could no longer be the mother she had been. In fact, everything that made her who she was seemed to have been ripped away. Without much information to guide her, Hannah embarked on her long, painful journey of recovery. For more than a year it was two steps forward, one step back. Rather than give in and give up, she discovered resilience in the face of adversity. She did not just cope...she learned to thrive as she embraced the opportunity of paying forward what she learned through her experience and her decisions regarding how to perceive them. In this candid, pull no punches account, Hannah shares her story of fear, loneliness and suicidal thoughts that were superseded by every day small victories, and ultimately an acceptance of the responsibility to share with others what it takes to overcome whatever you might be dealt. She reveals the practical tips she utilized as she healed herself from the inside out. Ultimately, Hannah's is a story of hope, followed by action, which leads to necessary change in our outlook on life's challenges. Hannah shares how her accident was a blessing in disguise that led her to rediscover her passion in life for helping others. Today, she lives her mantra, "We are not alone. And, none of us should suffer in silence." Certainly not YOU.