Kelly Bouldin Darmofal on recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Twenty-three years ago, Kelly Bouldin Darmofal was grievously injured when a routine trip to Burger King resulted in a car colliding with a telephone pole.  Her traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulted in a coma and severe learning disabilities which she eventually overcame through perseverance, re-education, and of course the love from her family and friends.  Follow her amazing journey in her new memoir LOST IN MY MIND from Modern History Press.  Also, visit the author’s website for more interviews, links, and details.

“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

Inspiring story from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor

Lost in My Mind

Lost in My Mind is a stunning memoir describing Kelly Bouldin Darmofal’s journey from adolescent girl to special education teacher, wife and mother — despite severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Spanning three decades, Kelly’s journey is unique in its focus on TBI education in America (or lack thereof). Kelly also abridges her mother’s journals to describe forgotten experiences. She continues the narrative in her own humorous, poetic voice, describing a victim’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 a “silent illness” for students as well as soldiers and athletes.
  • 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, writing, and driving require intense 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

Learn more at www.ImLostInMyMind.com
From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com

 

Jewel Kats reads Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair!

Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair by award winning author Jewel Kats & illustrated by Richa Kinra. In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair!

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Jewel Kats – Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

Irene Watson interviews Jewel Kats, author of Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchairabout her transformative book and how it empowers both children with and without disabilities to live their dreams. In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair! An unexpected magical endowment to her wheelchair begins a truly enchanted evening and a dance with the Prince. Can true love be far behind?Listen to the interview

Jewel Kats
  • This fairy tale demonstrates people with disabilities can overcome abuse
  • Children with disabilities finally have a Cinderella story they can identify with
  • In this version, Cinderella uses her own abilities to build a new future for herself
  • The connection Cinderella and the Prince share illustrates love surges past
    mutual attraction

Acclaim for Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

“An inspiring and exciting read for children of all ages and abilities. Finally here is a book which shows that wheelchair-mobile children can achieve anything. A clever, modern twist on this traditional and much loved story.”
–Joanne Smith, TV Producer, Terry Fox Hall of Fame inductee, Gemini Award winner

“This strength-based present day Cinderella story reminds readers that everyone, including someone with a physical challenge, can have the experiences and relationships they hope to have. This Cinderella found that ‘success was of her own making’. A must have for every school library and therapy office.”
–Theresa Fraser, M.A., Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist, author of: Billy Had To Move

Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair