CopShock: Second Edition
Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR

 Brain Injury


After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story A journaling workbook
By Barbara Stahura and Susan B. Schuster, M.A., CCC-SLP

This 120-page workbook (published 2009) guides survivors of brain injury and blast injury through the powerful healing experience of telling their own stories with simple journaling techniques. By writing short journal entries, survivors explore the challenges, losses, changes, emotions, adjustments, stresses, and milestones as they rebuild their lives.

Sections include:
• changing sense of self
• loss, memory and resilience
• altered relationships with family and friends
• anger and emotions
• grief and loss
• facing the future
• building hope
• moving forward

Journaling is a proven therapeutic tool used to explore one’s inner self by expressing
emotions, confronting fears, relieving anxiety, coping with stress, celebrating successes, and preparing for new challenges. By writing for only a few minutes at a time, journalers
can heal and cope with crises due to illness, death, or any life-altering event.

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Another book by Barbara Stahura is a memoir about her husband's near-fatal motorcycle
accident and recovery from a brain injury.


What I Thought I Knew
by Barbara Stahura

Whether describing her husband's near-fatal motorcycle accident and recovery from a brain injury, or her bare-ankled encounter with a rattlesnake, Barbara's words rise off the page. This heartfelt memoir, full of humor and insight, depicts a life charged with uncertainties and fears, bravery and joy, and what it's like to be a writer and more, what it's like to be human. 172 pages, published September 2008.

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