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Every 11 seconds someone in the United States suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury. That's over 2.8 million people per year just in the U.S.

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.

This book is a collection of her short articles which were originally published on The Huffington Post, and is a sequel to her original book "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal" which received a silver medal in the Midwest Book Awards. 

Amy with her original book
Amy with her original book

 

Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it's like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.

Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those ages 1-44, and third overall behind cancer and heart disease.

This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones. It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

There is no cure for TBI. Many will deal with the aftereffects for the rest of their life. It can take months, years, or decades to start feeling better again. There is no correlation between the severity of the accident that caused the TBI, and the length of recover. The most severe can recover quickly, while some of the most mild cases can take years to recover. There is no magic formula, as no two TBI's are alike.

Motor vehicle–traffic injury is the leading cause of TBI-related death. Rates are highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.

Survivors are continually trying to find their way back to normal, and it may take them months or years before they fully understand and accept that the "normal" they once knew no longer exists. If they aren't surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends, it can make the process all the more challenging.

Society at large doesn't understand that EVERY single concussion is a brain injury, to some extent.

Amy is passionate about bringing TBI awareness to the public. She has found that even medical professionals are perplexed about TBI, and often don't know how to diagnose or treat it properly. Amy's mission is to get the information in this book into the hands of as many people as possible to spread awareness.

“Traumatic brain injury causes your world to implode. The effects of TBI are far-reaching and long term; touching every imaginable part of your life, the lives of those you love and those who love you. Amy weaves her own story and the stories of others who have sustained a TBI with important education that provides both help and hope.” ~ Lee Woodruff, New York Times #1 bestselling author and contributor, “CBS This Morning”

Stephanie and I with Jenna Wolfe from The Jenna Wolfe Show, sporting our TBI Awareness bracelets in Washington DC!
Stephanie and I with Jenna Wolfe from The Jenna Wolfe Show, sporting our TBI Awareness bracelets in Washington DC!

Funding of this project will be used for production expenses, including: printing, editing, proofreading, formatting, design, and unexpected expenses. 

Rally at the State Capitol
Rally at the State Capitol

 

 

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Books will be sent to the publisher for formatting and printing immediately following the successful funding of the Kickstarter campaign. We anticipate the process to take about 4 weeks, and another 2 weeks to ship out all the copies. Expect arrival to be in April.

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