Too often memoirs are self-serving, one-dimensional accounts of uninteresting events told by first time authors who don't know any better. Not this one. Sarah Vallance is a seriously accomplished writer who brings to life her story of traumatic brain injury with a droll honesty guaranteed to provoke reaction.
I read this book in a single sitting. The narrative is tight and fast and the 'characters' are engaging. If your worldview is exclusively heteronormative or you're looking for a manual on recovery from TBI then move on. If you like to read well written stories of real people overcoming real obstacles then this might just be for you.
This is a touching, honest and brave story of how the writer reclaimed her intellect after sustaining a traumatic brain injury. She is realistic about her difficulties, losses and loves, and how her emotions are sometimes at odds with her deepest self.
Read this book! Sarah writes so incredibly well, her natural self deprecating dry humour resonates throughout this wonderful book as does her compassion for animals. But unlike a lot of people, she walks the talk. I have so much admiration for Sarah on so many levels. Completing her PhD with (what turned out to be) a severe TBI is just one. As I say, the story in itself of her injury, her relationship with her mother, her struggle to write, her touching relationship with her adopted fur babies would be enough in itself for a good story, but it is the way Sarah writes that makes it a laugh cry page turner. Excuse the cliches here. All the best for the rest of your life Sarah. Thank you for this book.
So, you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury. All the Drs tell you that the prognosis is bleak. What would you do? Believe them and let life as you know it slip away or would you fight tooth & nail to retrain your brain? The author of “ Prognosis “ Sarah, chooses the later. “Prognosis” is an intimate portrait of a tenacious lady who, because of her upbringing or in spite of her upbringing, had the strength of character not to give up. There is no sugar coating her story, it is raw, passionate and intensely moving.
I liked how the Author was so honest regarding her gender, her fight to succeed scholastically and her determination to find a happy and lasting relationship. I think the story shows that one must understand the devastating effects of concussion and not be too proud to seek help. It was very sad to read of her struggles over many years and shame on those who left her to fight alone.
Sarah was a very bright young woman who had a terrible accident. The saddest thing was that her early medical advice indicated there was no hope she would ever get better. No one advised her of brain plasticity and what she might be able to accomplish.
I was elated and incredibly surprised by Sarah's life achievments, her courage to travel and experience new things in spite of her injury. Mental ill health can be incredibly debilitating, but Sarah's sucesses speak for themselves. I wish I had half her strength!