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  • Title: Where Is the Mango Princess?: A Journey Back from Brain Injury
  • Author: Cathy Crimmins
  • ISBN: 9780375704420
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the person he has become No lonHumorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the person he has become No longer the man who loved obscure Japanese cinema and wry humor, Crimmins husband has emerged from the accident a childlike and unpredictable replica of his former self with a short attention span and a penchant for inane cartoons Where Is the Mango Princess is a breathtaking account that explores the very nature of personality and the complexities of the heart.
    Where Is the Mango Princess A Journey Back from Brain Injury Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal wrenching and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury not only on the victim in this case her husband but on the fam

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    1. I am the daughter of a TBI survivor My father was gravely injured in a car crash during my freshman year of college, and like Ms Crimmins husband, failed to receive adequate rehabilitation due to the restrictions of his HMO In an even greater parallel, my father was also let go from his job, and my mother was forced to take on the role of advocate in addition to those of caregiver, mother, counsellor and, of course, makeshift father I strongly identify with Cathy Crimmins story as it than dredg [...]

    2. I loved this book It s the story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury, as told from his wife s point of view The book does such a great job of telling the family s story, what it s like to live with someone who has become a completly different person I think a lot of times the focus is on the person coming out of the coma but people often don t realize that the person doesn t just wake up fine and back to normal This book does a really good job of describing the rehab process and the im [...]

    3. Where is the Mango Princess is a truly touching but tragic account of Traumatic Brian Injury TBI and its impact on a family As much as I respect Anne Lamont, I wonder at her comment, at least as it appears on the book cover blurb, that this is a story of recovery What exactly has been recovered And how redemptive has this been in the lives of Cathy Crimmins and her husband Alan Surely Cathy has had to address her once hands off approach to marriage and has chosen to become a truly sacrificial wi [...]

    4. tip however cleverly written, do not read a memoir about caring for someone rehabilitating from traumatic brain injury when you are going to sleep, if you want to sleep and not panic all night about losing everyone you love and impermanency in generalis might win for book most intertwined with my life, in geography, characters, and theme cameos from dmitri of dmitri s restaurant, the lombard swim club, philadelphia school, penn law school, magee and magee riverfront, west philly indian restauran [...]

    5. I have a fascination with books that document how people cope with tragedy and awful events in their lives This is one of those books The synopsis of the book and other reviews here provide the details of the awful events in this book that occurred in 1996, so I won t dwell on that TBI is some bad stuff to deal with, certainly for the person who has it, but perhaps even so for the caregiver And when the person with TBI is your husband, as it is in this book, you realize that the person you are [...]

    6. It is crass to call a personal account like this and call it a page turner but it was truly that a page turner The author s retelling of her husband s journey through TBI and the toll it took on her family is about so much than brain injury it s about the heartlessness of healthcare providers, the experience of sudden downward turns in fortune, how the best parents can inadvertently create a terrible home environment for their child, what it is like to have caregiving thrust upon you, and what [...]

    7. This is the nonfictional story of a boating accident that left a man named Alan in a deep coma with severe damage to the frontal lobes of his brain It is written by his wife, Cathy The book s dedication is, For Alan Past, present, and future Knowing a little bit about traumatic brain injury TBI I found these words to be chilling Clearly he will survive the injury, but clearly he will no long be who he was Another chilling, though funny line in the book, is the description of the wife, Cathy, who [...]

    8. Honest caregiver perspective of a recovery from serious brain injury This was an important read for me working in intensive neurorehabilitation.

    9. While Crimmins goes into great detail about her husband s condition in the days and weeks immediately following his getting hit on the head by an out of control boat, this book is a very educational account of the effects of traumatic brain injury on the patient plus those around him Crimmins husband, Alan, is fortunate, as many people with the type of injury he received remain mildly functional and live in nursing homes, and he lives at home, drives, and returns to work That said, Crimmins make [...]

    10. Interesting, and doubly so for the sense of limbo that prevails The book was published in 2000, but much of it was written earlier, when her husband was just three or so years out and still adjusting so it s hard to know how much he improved, or has improved, since then, or what lasting effects it had on the people around him.The author died in 2009 following complications from surgery, but some quick poking on the internet leads me to believe that view spoiler she and her husband divorced at s [...]

    11. An honest, sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, account of a family s struggle with traumatic brain injury TBI Harrowing in parts, especially when discussing the details of the accident and the initial shock, plus the fights to find coverage for needed treatments Crimmins doesn t spare us the difficult details, nor the small victories along the way, as she and her daughter work to rebuild their life despite the personality changes in the man who is their husband and father A fascinating glimps [...]

    12. As a Speech Language Pathologist at a rehabilitation hospital, including a student placement on our locked brain injury unit, I can say with confidence this is by far the most accurate portrayal of the rehabilitation process following a TBI that I have read to date Crimmins use of the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale to organize and highlight the different stages of recovery each chapter was ingenious This book highlights not only the profound effects of a brain injury on an individual, but the grieving [...]

    13. Amazing book about the aftermath of the serious brain injury of a loved one Wrenching and moving and funny by turns, this book pulls no punches Open and honest about the many difficulties and challenges, yet loving and hopeful.There is a fair bit of language and some fairly explicit scenes unsurprising, given that a significant symptom of brain injury is loss of inhibitions Unlike too many books, the language is not used for effect it is simply part of the truthful telling of the aftereffects of [...]

    14. I hated this book It s badly written, and focuses on whining about health care than it does on TBI and its effects The author lacks any sympathy for anyone else, yet she expects readers to feel sorry for her plight I only feel sorry for her daughter, having to live with a TBI father and a horrible mother incapable of dealing with anything with level headedness and grace.

    15. Read this for a class and was not disappointed Cathy Crimmins writes about the real struggles of being the caretaker of a loved one post TBI and peppers humor into the story Would recommend to anyone in the medical field who works with TBI patients.

    16. I didn t expect to love this book or relate to it so deeply I used to work in health care and I ve also spent than enough time in the hospital as a patient This includes the ICU, Neuro unit, and inpatient rehab All of the places that Al has to endure, I have also My personal experience with neurological disorders made this a very special read While I haven t always had to directly handle the insurance circumstances and tasks, I know that they can be a bitch, a huge obstacle while trying to deal [...]

    17. How can a memoir manage to be both heart breakingly raw and yet also informative I m not sure, but Cathy Crimmins has achieved just that with this compelling true story about her husband s traumatic brain injury TBI , his recovery, and its effects on her, their young daughter, and their friends and families It seems inappropriate to say I enjoyed this book, but Crimmins is an excellent writer who vividly depicts how her life got turned upside down and went kablooey when her husband experienced T [...]

    18. I appreciated this book because it is reality, pure and simple This family goes through a horrifying life experience and none of them are perfect They all, at times, are selfish and self centered And isn t that really the substance of life with all of us imperfect humans The book is a harsh dose of reality Life is often not very pretty The added bonus from reading this book is to get a realistic look at life with a traumatic brain injured person and the mysteries of a damaged or changed personal [...]

    19. I could not stop reading this book I had never thought so deeply about brain trauma and it s implications on personality and behavior I will not lie and say this is an easy read at times it is almost unbearably sad but if you are an empath and obsessed with psychology and shit about the brain, then you will learn a lot I think this book would be helpful for anyone who has a family member recovering form TBI and also anyone working with anyone with brain damage in a behavioral setting.

    20. Do you know what happens to your brain when a person sustains a massive and traumatic brain injury This is a honest account What a informative read The brain is amazingly complex This made me laugh and cry A must read for anyone who has someone in their lives with a brain injury.

    21. I thought this book was overall a good insight to what family going through the journey of brain damage have to go through This book showed how Cathy Crimmins had to adjust to her new life after her husband, Alan, was in a traumatic speedboat accident that resulted in severe brain injury This author did a great job expressing the thoughts and feelings of the characters going through these events The one critic I have for this book is to organize events and ideas better I noticed that at some por [...]

    22. A few years ago I read the much hyped The Year of Magical Thinking and was disappointed Reading this book makes me understand far why I had that reaction Of course Didion is an extraordinary writer and thinker, but I didn t get the sense that she was an extraordinary feeler The magical thinking is often applied to herself I have grieved and watched my mother grieve, and I didn t connect with Didion she presented her experience, because it didn t ring true to me And I am a WASP, so I understand [...]

    23. After her husband sustains a severe head injury in a boating accident, the author describes completely losing the man she married to traumatic brain injury TBI The husband who awakens from a coma is, at best, hurt, broken, and confused At worst, he has rages and fits, he kicks and bites, does not know his wife and child, and is abusive and dangerous The book spans a life of one man three years post injury, vividly relating his actions and the absurd sequelae as his brain bleeds, bruises, swells, [...]

    24. This is the first work by Cathy Crimmins I ve read and it feels strange, due to the subject matter, to say that I enjoyed it While it wasn t a page turner that I couldn t put down, I did find that I looked forward to the small pockets of time that I might be able to fit in a short chapter.I was morbidly fascinated by the memoir I didn t find myself gripped by any transformation on Cathy s part, like the cover quotes suggested I would become, rather I found myself wanting to know about how seven [...]

    25. I was recommended this book after attending a two day conference on brain injury rehabilitation As a Specialist Social Worker in a community brain injury rehabilitation centre I have both a professional and personal interest in this subject area I was particularly pleased that this was an account from a Carers perspective describing the journey though rehabilitation and recovery from an angle that sometimes gets overlooked Brain injury in this case, traumatic brain injury is often referred to as [...]

    26. A fascinating true story about a lawyer, written by his journalist wife, who suffered a traumatic brain injury TBI while on vacation in Canada The story tells about his difficult recovery and the changed personality and diminished cognitive abilities However, it also tells the story about the Canadian healthcare system as compared to that in the U.S He was medivac d to a hospital where he received the latest in care for TBI During his lengthy hospital stay, they never once asked about insurance, [...]

    27. In 1996, the author s husband Alan sustained a traumatic brain injury TBI in a motor boat accident while they were vacationing in Canada with their 7 year old daughter This memoir documents Alan s accident and process of recovery Recovery is a relative term with TBI s because people with dramatic brain injuries such as Alan s never fully recover Although Alan s recovery is remarkable by severe TBI standards, he will never again be the man she married Published 4 years after the injury, the book [...]

    28. This is the book that started me down my bibliotherapy road after our son s traumatic brain injury.An acquaintance who works at BrainFacts recommended it and I read this while my son was in intensive care While dated medically reason for 4 stars , that didn t keep the book from resonating strongly it gives a clear picture of the impact of a head injury on one particular family, even with a good outcome As my son moved through acute rehab it made so many things less intimidating e.g elopement bed [...]

    29. Very well written account of the author s first year as caregiver to her brain damaged husband However, perhaps it s my background working in the civil court system, but I had a hard time accepting Crimmins implication that there wasn t money for medical treatment aside from what their HMO would authorize Granted she wasn t present at the accident, but beyond stating that a woman driving a boat hit him , there s no further mention of the circumstances thereafter by her with one exception she fin [...]

    30. This book is about human life and love, and how we as a species are so resilient I applaud the author for making the subject of her husband s near death and difficult recovery as light hearted as she did We humans have an amazing way of making light of anything We have to find humor in the scariest of moments to keep our sanity As a child, no matter how upset I was, and no matter how hard I was crying, I could laugh And those who know me best have used that against me in many a moment of despair [...]

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