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"This book is such a gift to women, like me, who have suffered concussion. I devoured it. I revelled in it. I gave/give thanks for it. I offer deep gratitude for these eloquent women courageously sharing their personal stories about the invisible thief that is concussion. Right from the introduction, I was saying yes, Yes, YES! Impact is also a gift of great writing for general readers. This book creates affirmation, validation, and understanding. I believe it will also create change. Every writer is Wonder Woman in my eyes. Thank you for (your) Impact." ―Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Host of The Next Chapter, CBC Radio

"I know people who have had serious concussions. I'm familiar with a devastating range of symptoms. But those I know are not writers; those in this book are. They articulate that experience with bravery and insight; painfully, but personally. I know concussion specialists who are open-minded about how much they don't know about concussion. This is a book for them. And for the rest of us too." ―Jay Ingram, science writer and broadcaster

"Imagine losing your abilities to create language or poetry; to be unable to freely put pen to paper. Impact delves into the raw emotional challenges faced by authors dealing with brain injuries. Readers of the anthology join the authors' recovery as they share universal themes of creativity, isolation, regression, growth, femininity, and pain related to TBI. I recommend this anthology to others and look forward to using it as a resource within and beyond the hospital." ―Dr. Shree Bhalerao, FRCP(C) MD, Pgd, BA, BSc, St. Michael's Hospital, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

"This book offers validation and companionship to people who have suffered head injuries, and to many other ill people whose symptoms derail their lives but resist clinical interventions. Clinicians will gain valuable insight into how symptoms affect lives as they are lived outside of what can be perceived within the clinic. For me, the most compelling chapters take up a paradoxical task: telling a story about what prevents you from telling the story you most need to tell." ―Arthur W. Frank, author of At the Will of the Body and The Wounded Storyteller

"The essays in Impact function like the name of the anthology itself: long after reading these varied pieces I felt the effects. The through-line in this collection about concussion is a diverse, idiosyncratic reaction as unique as each contributor's writing style. How could one story describe concussion in women? It can't. We need each of these voices. Amid a health care system that evaluates women on a scale developed for and by men, these authors testify to the diffuse, confusing, inconsistent symptoms that come with brain injury. I venture that people with neurological challenges will feel confirmed and those whose loved ones live with post-concussion syndrome may understand why this state is almost impossible to articulate from deep inside the fog. E. D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne's assemblage of artists and thinkers create a chorus of testimony to capture medicine's attention with the full force of personal testimony." ―Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Trauma Head and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living

About the Author

E. D. Morin (Calgary/Mohkínstsis) is a winner of the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize. Her experience with concussion is documented in an online graphic story on Empathize This. She co-edited the literary anthology, Writing Menopause, with Jane Cawthorne. Jane Cawthorne is a writer, editor, and feminist activist. She published the anthology, Writing Menopause, with Elaine Morin. Jane has an MFA in Creative Writing and writes about women on the brink of transformation.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Alberta Press (September 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1772125814
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1772125818
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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