Title: Lost In My Mind
Author: Kelly Bouldin Darmofal
Publisher: Modern History Press
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal was your typical teenager, cheerleader, and straight-A student. She had a normal life growing up in North Carolina, but one September night her life changed. At the age of fifteen when she was involved in a car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury.
Together with her mother, Kelly writes a touching memoir about her recovery from TBI. The first half of the book consists of journal entries her mother kept during Kelly’s time in the hospital and recovery. Through the excerpts, you get a glimpse into the struggles Kelly faced with her therapy and trying to go back to a normal life. You also feel the pain Kelly’s mother went through watching her daughter in the hospital, seeing Kelly’s emotional outbursts, and fighting with the school so they could accommodate Kelly’s needs.
In the second half of the book, Kelly describes in her own words what life was like with TBI. She talks about the troubles she faced in her recovery and in school, how she felt abandoned by her friends, her memory loss, and her battle with depression. Against all odds, Kelly was determined to get on with her life and overcome the obstacles she faced. With the help of her family, friends, teachers, and doctors; Kelly worked hard to recover from her injury and finish school. She’s now a successful teacher, who‘s main focus is campaigning for proper education for students with TBI.
Her journey is one of sadness, hope, and inspiration. This is a must-read for everyone.
Rating: 5 stars