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Written by: E. D. Morin,Jane Cawthorne
Narrated by: Tara Yelle
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Publisher's Summary

In Impact, 21 women writers consider the effects of concussion on their personal and professional lives. The anthology bears witness to the painstaking work that goes into redefining identity and regaining creative practice after a traumatic event. By sharing their complex and sometimes incomplete healing journeys, these women convey the magnitude of a disability which is often doubted, overlooked, and trivialized, in part because of its invisibility. Impact offers compassion and empathy to all listeners and families healing from concussion and other types of trauma.

Contributors: Adèle Barclay, Jane Cawthorne, Tracy Wai de Boer, Stephanie Everett, Mary-Jo Fetterly, Rayanne Haines, Jane Harris, Kyla Jamieson, Alexis Kienlen, Claire Lacey, E. D. Morin, Julia Nunes, Shelley Pacholok, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Judy Rebick, Julie Sedivy, Dianah Smith, Carrie Snyder, Kinnie Starr, Amy Stuart, Anna Swanson

©2021 E. D. Morin and Jane Cawthorne (P)2022 The University of Alberta Press

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“This book is such a gift to women, like me, who have suffered concussion. I devoured it. I revelled in it. I gave/give thanks for it. I offer deep gratitude for these eloquent women courageously sharing their personal stories about the invisible thief that is concussion. Right from the introduction, I was saying yes, Yes, YES! Impact is also a gift of great writing for general readers. This book creates affirmation, validation, and understanding. I believe it will also create change. Every writer is Wonder Woman in my eyes. Thank you for (your) Impact.” — Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Host of The Next Chapter, CBC Radio

“Imagine losing your abilities to create language or poetry; to be unable to freely put pen to paper. Impact delves into the raw emotional challenges faced by authors dealing with brain injuries. Readers of the anthology join the authors’ recovery as they share universal themes of creativity, isolation, regression, growth, femininity, and pain related to TBI. I recommend this anthology to others and look forward to using it as a resource within and beyond the hospital.” — Dr. Shree Bhalerao, FRCP(C) MD, Pgd, BA, BSc, St. Michael’s Hospital, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

“This book offers validation and companionship to people who have suffered head injuries, and to many other ill people whose symptoms derail their lives but resist clinical interventions. Clinicians will gain valuable insight into how symptoms affect lives as they are lived outside of what can be perceived within the clinic. For me, the most compelling chapters take up a paradoxical task: a story about what prevents you from telling the story you most need to tell.” — Arthur W. Frank, author of At the Will of the Body and The Wounded Storyteller

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