Canadian author Shireen Jeejeebhoy recalls her years of seeking treatment, which is sometimes seemingly impossible to find, for a major concussion in Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me.
For Jeejeebhoy, the immediate after-effects of a car accident – anxiety, pain, and fatigue – quickly multiplied and morphed in diverse, often frightening ways. A writer who was at work on an ambitious project, Jeejeebhoy could now barely read, remember, or organize. Her sight and hearing were affected, and she had outbursts of intense anger, while treatment options were limited or nonexistent. Her was perplexed by her altered personality, and she felt increasingly misunderstood and isolated. Finally, she met a dedicated medical team experimenting with latest therapies, and began gradually to recover.
Jeejeebhoy’s tale is highly emotional, welling with the pain she experienced, but also the frustration. She states, “Brain injury takes away your ability to perceive yourself,” so trying to separate reality from misperception comprises large segments of her narrative. This is balanced by “Learning” chapters, which rationally summarize and analyze the treatment options she experienced, and offer further resources to the reader.
By 2008, Jeejeebhoy completed her major writing goal, so this book is ultimately uplifting, while giving a realistic view of recovery. The book will be helpful for people struggling through the same condition and trying to navigate treatment options, or lack thereof, as Jeejeebhoy is a passionate advocate for patients, and a sympathetic narrator.