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Impact: Women Writing After Concussion Paperback – September 15, 2021
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In Impact, 21 women writers consider the effects of concussion on their personal and professional lives. The anthology bears witness to the painstaking work that goes into redefining identity and regaining creative practice after a traumatic event. By sharing their complex and sometimes incomplete healing journeys, these women convey the magnitude of a disability which is often doubted, overlooked, and trivialized, in part because of its invisibility. Impact offers compassion and empathy to all readers and families healing from concussion and other types of trauma.
Contributors: Adèle Barclay, Jane Cawthorne, Tracy Wai de Boer, Stephanie Everett, Mary-Jo Fetterly, Rayanne Haines, Jane Harris, Kyla Jamieson, Alexis Kienlen, Claire Lacey, E. D. Morin, Julia Nunes, Shelley Pacholok, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Judy Rebick, Julie Sedivy, Dianah Smith, Carrie Snyder, Kinnie Starr, Amy Stuart, Anna Swanson
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"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
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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
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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