This introductory chapter recounts the time when Nancy—one of the interviewees for this book—was undergoing treatment for the congenital arterial malformation on her brain stem. Although she was constantly evaluated in various ways, Nancy's own questions and her distress got little attention in the hospital; it took a suicide threat to obtain acknowledgment and help for her depression. In relation to her case, the chapter states that the book offers an analysis of extensive interviews conducted with ten women at varying stages of recovery from and living with brain injury. It specifically looks at their strategies for negotiating the complex array of narratives, practices, and contexts that support and/or impede that process.
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