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Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life [Kindle Edition]

Maria Ross
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Rebooting My Brain is the true story of what happens when you get yanked out of your life by a crisis―and have to get back on the ride all over again. With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her stubborn road back to health, her resulting cognitive and emotional challenges forced her―sometimes kicking and screaming―to reframe her life, her work and her identity.

With humor and heart, Ross shares what it was like being blind for six weeks, how a TV crime drama and a brain-games website played key roles in her recovery, and why a handmade necklace helped her regain her sense of self.

Ross reveals the keys to her extraordinary comeback and how her perspective is forever changed, mostly for the better. Funny, touching and real, this book not only shares an inspirational story of transformation but reveals the surprising effects of brain injury…and explores the question, “How do our brains define who we are?”

About the Author

Maria Ross is a consultant, author, speaker and actress who believes that cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. She writes frequently about branding, marketing, entrepreneurship and—even great wine—for such outlets as San Francisco Downtown,, Sharp Skirts, DiningOutSF,, American Express Open Forum and Seattle Business. Maria is also a dynamic keynote speaker and has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and on MSNBC and KUOW Seattle. She is a lover of animals, red wine, travel, independent film, crime dramas, dry humor, football and Jeopardy. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband Paul and their black Lab mix, Eddie. “Stories have fascinated me since I was a little girl. At six, I wrote the intricate tale of Smedley and his mouse family’s vacation to Disneyworld – and haven’t looked back since. When I started acting as a kid, telling different stories through various roles was like a giant game of make-believe – and still is for me when I act today. Stories told through poetry, film, theatre, advertising, art, dance and even food and wine never cease to enchant me. To me, stories make life worth living as they provoke, inspire – and just plain delight the pants off a captivated audience!”

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984893903
  • Publisher: Red Slice Press (Nov. 13 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073X6I26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read Jan. 31 2015
By Bruce
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This book is a fabulous read. Funny, engaging and educational all at once. It sheds new light on what it means to have a brain injury. Kudos to Maria
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebooting my opinion... March 3 2012
By CandysRaves (and Rants) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was provided a copy of this book and asked to review it. Because it was such a unique topic and one I was very interested in, I read it pretty quickly. I didn't know a whole lot about aneurysms but from what I knew of them, I thought they were pretty much debilitating and were nearly impossible to recover from.

I was surprised by this author's candor and ability to share her journey so openly. She welcomes in to her life, both pre and post aneurysm and walks us through what she felt like. I felt most connected to her when she was talking about what her work life was like after. As a small business owner myself, this is one of my worst nightmares... what happens if something happens to me? What about my family? How will they deal with that? How will I?

I like that she doesn't have all the answers. I like that she got angry. I like that she got sad. I like that she got frustrated. What I liked the most is that she was able to find her way back. Maybe not exactly where she left off, but to a new life. To a new path. I think that's a testament to who she is and who she is to become. My hats off to her.

The book is well edited and formatted. A dream for someone that reads a lot of self-published works. I wish all were as well done.

My only reservation is that I felt we were missing some hole in her story. I don't really know what that hole is or what part of her life, but there did appear to be some gap there. It doesn't take away from the story and, of course, it may be that she chose to leave it out. Not entirely helpful since I can't place it, but it still nags me a bit.

Overall, this is a great book. I love memoirs and they are my favorite genre. This one did not disappoint, but also gave me a lot insight into something I didn't know a whole lot about. I liked that she was able to entertain while informing. Well done, indeed.

Recommended for anyone that likes memoirs and those who want to learn something about brain injuries.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all to read Sept. 21 2012
By Matilda48 - Published on
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I have no idea how Maria Ross could have written the story of my life almost to a "T". But wait, she had a brain aneurysm in 2008 I had one in 2003, and except for the blindness, and never going back to work, because of the crainiotomy and cognitive issues, Maria and i could be the same person. She could also stand in the shoes of so many people with Acquired Brain Injury. The book shows those without an injury and carers, just what it is like in our world. Like her, I never realised the extent of my injury, nor how far i had come in my rehab. Unlike her I did not have a whole host of family and friends for support, and i certainly would not have been able to tackle a book at my 2 year mark. Congratulations on such an achievement. This book should be recognised in the medical world, and would be a very valuable asset for anyone who is faced with such an injury.

We might look the same on the outside, but inside is a very different story!!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls at your smart-strings as well as your heart-strings Feb. 16 2012
By Betsy Talbot - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The thing I like about this book is it is about one woman's story, but it really about all of us. Who hasn't had worried about something like this happening to them? Maria's blend of her experience, that of those around her, and the science behind it all is educational and inspirational.

I know Maria and was there through much of this experience, but there were many, many things I did not know. The book is intensely personal, but it contains a level of humor and candor that keeps it from getting too sappy or maudlin.

This is a book for smart people who want to understand more about how their own brains work as well as how to support someone who has suffered any type of brain trauma. The recovery lasts far longer than a hospital stay, and that was my big takeaway from this book. Even with a miraculous recovery like Maria's, some changes are permanent and we need to realize that and adapt.

I'm glad she chose to share her story. If you like smart women, great comebacks, and stories that pull at your smart-strings as much as your heart-strings, you will like this book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent description of a brain bleed and recovery Feb. 29 2012
By Kathryn K. Sweet - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this true story of Maria and her recovery from a very very life threatening brain bleed. She has a naturally sunny disposition and I believe this serves her well in her recovery. She says at one point it was like going to her funeral while she was still alive as she learned how important she was in her friend's and families lives something not everyone gets to know. She provides very clear non medical description of her subarachnoid hemorrhage and the treatments that she receives and the stumbling blocks in her miraculous recovery. What amazed me was that she seems not to harbor any ill feelings towards the doctor that missed the diagnosis- if made sooner it might have saved some of her brain tissue and left her without permanent deficits.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it."
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review June 20 2012
By Amy Edelman - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
In her memoir, Rebooting My Brain, Maria Ross writes about life before, during, and after a brain aneurysm that hit her unexpectedly in 2008.

A rare and lucky case, Ross follows the trajectory from the day she had a brain aneurysm until the present day, in which she is able to live life fully despite the brain damage caused by the aneurysm. We follow her journey through the emergency room, the ICU, her hospital bed, a recovery center, and, finally, her home, where she has to learn to live life again through mental and physical therapies.

Readers gain insight into what it means to go through a traumatic and nearly lethal experience. It is a story we have heard before, and the prose style is nothing new, but Ross makes the story so much her own that we cannot help but be moved and changed by it. She both tells her story and provides us with lessons learned from it. She balances the narrative of her recovery with emotional scenes involving her friends and family; she provides us with information--about characters and medical processes--so that we can better understand her story. (For example, she explains early on how her front lobe's temporary damage affected her maturity level, so that we can see how the injury affected her intra-personal relationships.)

By the end of the book, we know who Maria is; we know too the elaborate surgeries and emotional struggles she had to go through. We come away with a sense that we have learned so much from this story: both about what it means to have a brain aneurysm, and what it means to appreciate and live life to the fullest.

Ultimately, Rebooting My Brain is a story about the devastating strike of illness and its effects. What is so moving about Ross' account is that, though she follows a traditional route, she makes the story her own, and gives it generously to her readers. We come away from her book personally touched by her story, and personally inspired.

Reviewed by Elisa Fernandez-Arias for IndieReader
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