Books & Resources


Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury: One Woman’s Journey from Death to Life
By Patti Foster

In the split second it took for a semi to slam into the back of the SUV Patti Foster was riding in, her world changed. Her life, in fact, almost ended that night. Miraculously, she survived, but her ordeal had just begun. After weeks in a coma, she woke up to an existence she couldn’t comprehend or even begin to understand. Patti had to re-learn everything, from how to eat to once again being able to recognize and remember the people she loved.

Today, as a traumatic brain injury survivor, Patti knows what this kind of excessive damage can do to a person. So she shares her story in the hope it can help and encourage other TBI victims, their friends and families. Purchase at


Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
By Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenged of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife. Told in Mark's voice and from Gabby's heart, the book also chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people together - their humor, their ambitions, their sense of duty, their long-distance marriage, and their desire for family. Gabby and Mark made a pledge to tell their account as honestly as possible, and they have done so in riveting detail. Both Gabby and Mark have lived large public lives, but this book takes readers behind many closed doors - from the flight deck of the space shuttle to the cloakrooms of Congress to the hospital wards where Gabby struggled to reclaim herself with the help of formidable medical teams and devoted family and friends.

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In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing
By Lee and Bob Woodruff

In An Instant
is much more than the dual memoir of love and courage. It is an important, wise, and inspiring guide to coping with tragedy - and an extraordinary drama of marriage, family, war, and nation.  In January 2006, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all - a happy marriage and four beautiful children. Lee was a PR executive, and Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight." Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an IED killed his cameraman and nearly killed him. In An Instant is the frank and compelling account of how Bob and Lee's lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again.

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Over My Head: A Doctor’s Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out
By Claudia Osborn

Locked inside a brain-injured head looking out at a challenging world is the premise of this extraordinary autobiography. Over My Head is an inspiring story of how one woman comes to terms with the loss of her identity and the courageous steps (and hilarious missteps) she takes while learning to rebuild her life. The author, a 45-year-old doctor and clinical professor of medicine, describes the aftermath of a brain injury eleven years ago which stripped her of her beloved profession. For years she was deprived of her intellectual companionship and the ability to handle the simplest undertakings like shopping for groceries or sorting the mail. Her progression from confusion, dysfunction, and alienation to a full, happy life is told with restraint, great style, and considerable humor.


Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing
By William Winslade

William Winslade presents facts about traumatic brain injury; information about its financial and emotional costs to individuals, families, and society; and key ethical and policy issues. He illustrates each aspect with dramatic case studies, including his own childhood brain injury. He explains how the brain works and how severe injuries affect it, both immediately and over the long term, pointing out how resources are often squandered on patients with poor prognoses but adequate insurance, while underinsured patients with better prognoses often do not receive the best care. He describes the lack of regulation in the rehabilitation industry and what federal and state legislatures are doing to correct the situation. And he recommends policy changes for lowering the instances of traumatic brain injury (such as raising the minimum driving age) as well as practical steps that individuals can take to protect themselves from brain trauma.

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Head Injury: The Facts
By Dorothy Gronwall, Philip Wrightson, and Peter Waddell

Each day, throughout the world, hundreds of people suffer head injuries. These injuries can dramatically and tragically alter the victim's ability to cope with life. In many countries, after-care of the victim, once the injury is no longer life threatening, is often inadequate, and all too often families are left to manage as best as they can. This book is written for families who find themselves in this situation. The effects of injury are explained in non-technical terms with practical ways of overcoming these effects, where possible. The book describes the injuries, the stages that the patient will go through, and the procedures and techniques that will be used to chart progress. The book also examines the ways that head trauma can affect families and friends.

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Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
By Michael Paul Mason

Head Cases takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who coordinate care in the complicated aftermath of tragic injuries that can last a lifetime. On the road with Mason, we encounter survivors of brain injuries as they struggle to map and make sense of the new worlds they inhabit.

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Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families
By Richard Senelick, MD and Karla Doughtery

The new, updated edition of the renowned classic - complete with cutting edge neuroplaticity and exciting experimental rehabilitation research! Living with Brain Injury will help readers - both families of patients and professionals alike - through new, uncharted territory of brain rehabilitation, a world where people we love may change before our eyes, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility
By Trisha Meili

I Am the Central Park Jogger
recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery. Meili tells us who she was before the attack — a young Wall Street professional with a promising future — and who she has become: a woman who learned how to read, write, walk, talk, and love again...and turn horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and victorious life.


The Caregiver’s Tale: The True Story of A Woman, Her Husband Who Fell Off the Roof and Traumatic Brain Injury
By Marie Therese Gass

From the Spousal Caregiver's point of view, this is the story of the first seven years after severe Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as essays concerning the problems of fixing things, or at least letting life operate more smoothly. Humor and pathos, love and frustration, rages and not knowing what to do--all these make up a complete story of Traumatic Brain Injury.

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A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury
By Louise Mathewson

A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident, with a list of journaling therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work
By Amy Newmark (Author), Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bernstein (Author), Lee Woodruff (Foreward)

Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey.

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country - concussions the most common - chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery.


BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of America

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. We are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. With a network of state affiliates, local chapters and support groups, we are the voice of brain injury.

Texas Brain Injury Alliance
Texas Brain Injury Alliance (TexasBIA) provides help, hope, and a voice for Texans who have suffered a brain injury. TexasBIA is dedicated to providing access to quality healthcare and to raising awareness and understanding of brain injury through resource facilitation, education, advocacy, and research for individuals who live with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC’s research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs.

Brain Trauma Foundation

Since 1986, the BTF dedicated its mission to improving TBI patient outcomes worldwide by developing best practice guidelines, conducting clinical research, and educating medical professionals and consumers.