'HEADSTRONG: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury Without Losing My Mind' by Donna Valentino, is Released
New book "HEADSTRONG: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind" (Brown Books Publishing Group) by Donna Valentino, offers readers a journey of unwavering hope, courage, and determination.
On February 7, 2009, Donna's life as she knew it was turned upside down.
In the throes of a new relationship, she was enjoying a weekend vacation at an isolated woodland resort that offered the perfect setting for romance.
Having just completed a long hike, the young couple challenged each other to an ATV ride across the open terrain. They started off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that followed however, was something few could anticipate.
After successfully crossing several cattle guards, Donna failed to see an unmarked and almost invisible chain, resulting in a crash that sent her flying into the air.
The ATV landed on top of her, crushing her face, damaging her organs, and leaving her with what was later diagnosed as a traumatic brain injury. In an instant, her lovers' weekend had turned into the worst nightmare of her life.
After forty-nine days in the hospital, followed by months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna wrote "Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind" (Brown Books Publishing Group), to share her remarkable journey of unwavering hope, courage, and determination.
Through her words and those of her companion on that day, as well as her children, family, and friends, she recounts her self discovery of a practical and positive outlook on life--and her adaptation to a new life with limitations.
"I survived a traumatic brain injury, because my competitive, stubborn, and headstrong nature wouldn't hear of it any other way," Donna says. "Now that I think about it, that sounds exactly like me."
"Patients' stories are often left untold," says Donna's brain surgeon Abdolreza Siadati, MD, Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. "Ms. Valentino's story is one of a remarkable recovery, the rise of a phoenix from the ashes."