Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain

Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain

The searing, wry memoir about a woman’s fight for a new life after a devastating brain injury.

When Sarah Vallance is thrown from a horse and suffers a jarring blow to the head, she believes she’s walked away unscathed. The next morning, things take a sharp turn as she’s led from work to the emergency room. By the end of the week, a neurologist delivers a devastating prognosis: Sarah suffered a traumatic brain injury that has caused her IQ to plummet, with no hope of recovery. Her brain has irrevocably changed.

Afraid of judgment and deemed no longer fit for work, Sarah isolates herself from the outside world. She spends months at home, with her dogs as her only source of companionship, battling a personality she no longer recognizes and her shock and rage over losing simple functions she’d taken for granted. Her life is consumed by fear and shame until a chance encounter gives Sarah hope that her brain can heal. That conversation lights a small flame of determination, and Sarah begins to push back, painstakingly reteaching herself to read and write, and eventually reentering the workforce and a new, if unpredictable, life.

In this highly intimate account of devastation and renewal, Sarah pulls back the curtain on life with traumatic brain injury, an affliction where the wounds are invisible and the lasting effects are often misunderstood. Over years of frustrating setbacks and uncertain triumphs, Sarah comes to terms with her disability and finds love with a woman who helps her embrace a new, accepting sense of self.

Title:Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781542043021
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  • Ina Roy-Faderman

    If you like Oliver Sack's article about face-blindness (New Yorker) or his books (particularly Uncle Tungsten and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat), you will love this book.Before I get into why...

  • Gina

    Sarah had a good life. She was well on her way to getting her doctorate degree. She was very intelligent and scholastic things came easy to her (with the exception of math). She was very close to her ...

  • Rebekah

    Not your typical white woman memoir of healing and redemption. Vallance's rendering of her life is told with brutal honesty and minimalist mush which just happen to include moments of humour and tende...

  • Cindy H.

    This was a free Amazon Prime First Read selection for July. I feel a little apathetic giving 2 stars to someone who penned a memoir about recovering and living with a traumatic brain injury. But I’m...

  • Kay

    I read this because of Kindle First Reads and, if it hadn't been free, I'd want my money back.Vallance comes off as a heartless ass, using others so she can get whatever she wants and emotionally abus...

  • Diane Yannick

    Having suffered a TBI personally, I was more intrigued with this book than the average reader might be. There was a lot that resonated with me but especially the reaction of others. Like Sarah, many o...

  • Lisa Van Gemert

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, I didn't. I wanted to understand TBI better, which is why I picked it up, but I just couldn't get past the shocking selfishness of the author. ...

  • Kira

    This is a work of phenomenal power. Vallance's story is one of courage and tenacity, revealing the need for a better understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury and its terrifying consequences. With wit a...

  • Dianne

    This book was rather depressing. As a person who has also suffered from a severe head injury, it was apparent to me that Sarah could have done more to help herself. Rather than dwelling on the bad thi...

  • Tara Wasinger

    The book started out strong, and I was even recommending it to my friends, but then about halfway through it went downhill fast. I bought this book to learn more about traumatic brain injury, not lesb...