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Living with Brain Injury: Narrative, Community, and Women's Renegotiation of Identity

J. Eric Stewart

Abstract

When Nancy was in her late twenties, she began having blinding headaches, tunnel vision, and dizziness, which led to the discovery of an abnormality on her brain stem. Complications during surgery caused serious brain damage, resulting in partial paralysis of the left side of her body and memory and cognitive problems. Although she was constantly evaluated by her doctors, Nancy's own questions and her distress got little attention in the hospital. Later, despite excellent job performance post-injury, her physical impairments were regarded as an embarrassment to the “perfect” and “beautiful” co ... More

Keywords: brain injury, brain damage, disabilities, women, post-injury, recovery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814764718
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814764718.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Eric Stewart, author