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Lost in My Mind

Lost In My MindI did not, and will not, receive any compensation for writing this review.

Lost in My Mind is a fascinating story which describes Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s journey from adolescence to special education teacher, wife, and mother — despite having a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Kelly’s 30-year journey is unique in its focus on “TBI education” in America. The book, which took approximately three years to write, includes excerpts from her mother’s journals to ensure it accurately describes her mother’s thoughts and feelings. Overall, the book describes a survivor’s relentless search for success, love, and acceptance while combating bureaucratic red tape, aphasia, bilateral hand impairment, and loss of memory.

Readers will:

  • Learn why TBI is known as a “silent illness” by survivors, athletes, military personnel, and others.
  • Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve.
  • Experience what it’s like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI.
  • Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI.
  • Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, talking, and driving require intense concentration and determination.

“This peek into the real-life trials and triumphs of a young woman who survives a horrific car crash and struggles to regain academic excellence and meaningful social relationships is a worthwhile read for anyone who needs information, inspiration or escape from the isolation so common after traumatic brain injury.” ~ Susan H. Connors, President/CEO, Brain Injury Association of America

“Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s account is unique, yet widely applicable: she teaches any who have suffered TBI–and all who love, care for, and teach them–insights that are not only novel but revolutionary. The book is not simply worth reading; it is necessary reading for patients, poets, professors, preachers, and teachers.” ~ Dr. Frank Balch Wood, Professor Emeritus of Neurology-Neuropsychology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

When I asked Kelly to provide a little background about her experience writing the book, she told me writing was a very cathartic process for her. In response to my question about how she chose her publisher, she said she chose Modern History Press as her publisher because it shares her “desire to help others through good, honest stories.”

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Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.