Accepting a changed new life is one of the greatest challenges brain injury survivors face. It’s also one of the most important. Coming to terms with brain injury can mean the difference between a mournful life spent looking backward and a meaningful life spent moving forward.
This book offers hope for those struggling with an unexpected new life. Accepting brain injury may not be easy, but it is possible. Long-term brain injury survivor Carole Starr offers gentle encouragement, hard-won wisdom and numerous strategies that survivors, caregivers and professionals can use.
To Root & To Rise is more than a book; it’s also a workbook. The questions in each chapter allow readers to take Carole’s strategies and apply them to their own experience. These questions can be answered on one’s own, with family members, with rehabilitation professionals, or with a brain injury support group. This book is a powerful resource you’ll refer to again and again.
Carole Starr’s life changed forever in 1999, when she sustained a brain injury in a car accident. She was unable to continue her life as a teacher and amateur musician. It took Carole many years to accept her brain injury and the new person she became. She’s reinvented herself by focusing on what she can do. She’s now an inspiring keynote speaker and the founder and facilitator of Brain Injury Voices, an award-winning survivor education, advocacy and peer mentoring volunteer group.
Carole officially launched To Root & To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury on July 11th, 2017. During her speech at the launch, she shared the story behind the book's title and theme, read excerpts from three chapters and answered questions from the audience.