Wednesday, April 4, 2007

California Woman Is Bard Of Brain Injuries

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Brain injuries can strike anyone without rhyme or reason, but one San Diego woman is trying to add the rhymes.

Her name is Heidi Lerner and she’s the author of Gray Matters (AuthorHouse), the first ever poetry book dedicated to brain injuries.

It’s a topic that weighs heavily on her mind because 17 years ago she suffered a traumatic brain injury while driving a car cross country.

Despite that, she’s managed to acquire a Masters Degree in Special Education, and now wants to educate folks about what goes on in the mind of a brain injury sufferer.

In her words, “People don’t have a clue what goes on, but, to be honest, my writing gift never developed until AFTER the accident.”

Now Lerner is being called the “Bard of Brain Injuries,” and one of her poems has lines like: Brain injury isn’t new/ Cave woman club man over head/ Back then/ You think it turned into something else instead?

Lerner hopes the book not only attracts poetry buffs, but that doctors who are treating brain injury victims give the book to their friends and family so they can understand what’s going on in the patient’s mind.

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