I just published Top 10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me After My Concussions in print. You can buy a copy here
My hope is that the word will get out via Amazon – it will eventually be available there, after I get my proof copy and sign off on it. Because TBI/concussion is not only survivable, but there are things we can do that can help our recovery process.
I’ve slightly revised and updated my work 10 Things I Wish They’d Told Me After My Concussion. I’ve also changed the title from “Concussion! Now what?” I think the new title is more clear. Click here to get the free full-size PDF.
I also created an eBook for Kindle and other eReaders (Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone / iPod Touch, etc.) – it’s $2.99, and if you’d like to support this site, you can download it here.
Additionally, I’ve got a longer book in the works, which has more background and discussion of scientific research and personal experiences behind what I discuss. We’ll see which version is more useful for people 😉 I’ll admit, I’m an anatomy-and-neuro-geek, so the things that fascinate me may not light others’ fires. And since I’m not an official academic, some of my conclusions and discussions might not sound ideal to the advance degree experts who do this stuff for a living.
It’s something, though. And for me, it’s the kind of book I wish I’d had access to, 8 years ago, when I started to realize how much TBI had affected my life. I’m really writing the longer book for myself — the person I once was, who needed help… but couldn’t find it anywhere.
I’ve also been looking for ways that people can support this site. Some have asked what they can do to contribute, but I’m not actually comfortable taking donations. I need to give people something in return for $$$ they contribute, rather than just take their money.
I blog just about every day, and I’ve got nearly 800 followers on WordPress, 111 followers via email, and 955 followers on Twitter, so I’m putting something out there. But even if no one were paying any attention, I’d do it anyway. Because this is my daily “ritual” that helps me check in with myself and keep myself honest. Accepting money for it seems a little wrong to me.
So, I’m starting to publish some of my posts as eBooks (and probably print books, too). I’ll be publishing individual articles, as well as collections — with themes, like anger and memory and sensory issues, as well as most popular posts that people continuously come back to.
It’s also my hope that this publishing can spread more information around about TBI recovery, to show people that it CAN be done — even after years of difficulty and suffering. Even persistent TBI issues can become manageable. They may not disappear 100%, but they can be managed.
And I did a basic “brain dump” of what I feel is the most important information to pass along about the Top 10 Things I Wish They’d Told Me About Concussion(s). I basically wrote a short book – an eBook, really. I’m not sure if I’m going to make a print version. Maybe I will. With space for notes.
It felt good to spend the day just writing. It’s been a long time since I last did that. I had to take care of a couple of things in the afternoon, but I put in some good time, and I’m happy with the result. I’m posting the chapters, one by one, and I’ll post a link to the book when I’m satisfied with it.
The main thing I did, which was important, was actually finishing the work before I walked away. I have a bad habit of diving into something, then getting tired and getting distracted and walking away… never to return.
I did NOT want to do that, this time, so I just stuck with it. I tuckered myself out, but good. But it was worth it.
This is the new way I am doing things, now. I have less time available to me, so I have to make choices. And I know that if I walk away from something, I might never come back. So…
I’ll have a number of different options for people to buy. I’ll put it on Amazon, and I’ll also post it with Lulu and Kindle and other places, so people can get to it. Also, I’ll offer a couple of different prices for folks who want to support the blog. And of course I’ll have a PDF and an ePub version that people can download for free, if they are really short on money.
I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have to choose between food and non-negotiable necessities like rent and medicine. And people with TBI frequently have to make exactly those choices.
So, there it is, my work for the weekend. It was a busy one, but it was good. I’m settling in at my job and getting used to my new routine.