From the Author

Laurie Rippon, author of A Brain Injury Life 
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This blog is an odd mix of ‘me,’ not me,’ and ‘not yet the me I am becoming.’

Growth takes time, but awareness is much slower. Gradually, I have come to the realization that we all hold possibility within ourselves no matter how drastically our lives have been changed by injury. The qualities that gave us strength pre-injury are still part of who we are and drive our potential to learn and build a new future.

Prior to my injury I had a career in book publishing. It was a world I loved–one of authors, editors and stories. I served as the Creative Director, a publisher, and a designer. I surrounded myself with books and was, as I’d always been, an avid reader. Two TBIs robbed me of the books I used to devour and sent me on a journey from experience and confidence to a loss of self. In time, my world grew with new friends, new struggles, and the determination to find a new purpose.

So much was gone, but something else came in its place–a gift of words. With time, purpose turned into hope and eventually a good life. This blog is now part of who I am and hope to be–my way to share with others the comfort of knowing we are all in it together. Each time I find the courage to press ‘publish’ for a post or, when I find a new comment on the blog, I think, ‘Maybe I really am a writer.’

Thank you, readers, for helping me find my voice. It is a very precious thing to have gained.

—- Laurie

2 thoughts on “From the Author

  1. Madelaine December 16, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    YOu know that I love the last line – ‘I don’t consider myself a victim, consumer, or even surivor. I am an active learner, thinker and do-er who just happens to have a brain injury’ – I am going to quote you on that one.


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