Dr. Brenda K. Gorman, Contributing Author
Several of my friends belong to book clubs. Every now and then, I try to join one, only to find that I cannot finish the book by the time we discuss it. There is so much academic material to keep up with.
However, one genre that I would have no trouble keeping up with in a book club would be autobiographies and memories written by individuals who have experienced or have had a loved one experience a communication disorder. In a previous blog, I wrote about Katherine Preston’s book Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice. Like me, several of my students just could not put it down until finishing.
The book that is now throwing off my sleep schedule is Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury. The author, Cathy Crimmins, writes about her husband’s astonishingly tragic boat accident. On their last day of a family vacation, a large speedboat smashed into her husband’s small boat, and into to his head, leaving him with severe brain injury. Without warning, their lives took a dramatically different turn.
With busy schedules, it is sometimes too easy to become routine in one’s work and forget sensitive bedside manners. Or because we know our stuff, we can easily forget to communicate effectively in a way that we ourselves would have needed before specializing in this field.
The book makes you reflect deeply, feel intensely, and learn a vast amount about how we can provide the services that survivors and their families need and deserve. I cannot wait to finish the book, and I look forward to reading more from this genre.