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Living with Brain InjuryNarrative, Community, and Women's Renegotiation of Identity$
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J. Eric Stewart

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814764718

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814764718.001.0001

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Living with Brain Injury

J. Eric Stewart

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   congenital arterial malformation, distress, suicide threat, depression, brain injury

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