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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932279377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932279375
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,583,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Angela H. Sweeny MD, Emergency Physician Oct. 29 2009
By Angela H. Sweeny - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read for physicians and medical providers, to truly see what a mother and family endure through a terrible accident. See how they cope in the ED, the ICU, the rehab - all the while tending to their boy, hoping he will get better. It is a story of healing through the power of love of one family as spoken through the heart of a mother. Often a difficult story to read secondary to the sheer force of its emotional magnitude, but READ IT YOU MUST, for it will make you THINK as it made me think. How prepared am I to deal with one of life's unimaginable challenges, and how would I cope in the face of an extreme personal tragedy? Certainly, Dixie's tips at the end of each chapter are the critical and rational steps to follow when a person doesn't know how they will cope on a day to day, month to month basis, facing a protracted and exhausting medical crisis. These are the practical, priceless tips of a women who writes from experience. She and her family went through it - learn from them, read her story, and you will understand the depths of human strength, hope and love.....a mother's brilliant love for a son whose story is now forever immortalized in her written words.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having shared in this unthinkable experience Oct. 18 2009
By Tracy Porter - Published on Amazon.com
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Having shared this unthinkable injury and journey of recovery with my own 16 year old son just 5 years ago, Dixie's words-her deeply written emotion, instantly pulled me back to those heart wrenching first days and weeks. I didn't know I needed to go back to those feelings to finally let go of the pain and unrelenting questioning of faith until I read her book. The way she so delicately weaves her own experience into the readers consciousness all the while guiding you through the experience with tips at every chapters end was just beautifully done. She clearly reveals what every mother fears when her child is injured. She lovingly gives us back our questioning faith and gives permission for us to go outside and scream the primal scream of WHY???? Having felt those very same feelings but unable to put them in words, I felt a deep connection to Dixie and a very real need to reach in to the pages and hug her, comfort her,tell her there is hope, hang on, stay with it,you will get through this.
I must say I was not prepared for the last few chapters but needed to again reach through the pages to give everyone in this very brave, strong, faithful family a huge hug. I hope to do that by including this book in my Tote Bags of Comfort & Hope provided to all families in Florida experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury with a loved one through 23 participating Trauma Centers. [...]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must read! Sept. 17 2009
By D. Boland - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing read; a harrowing journey through a mothers worst nightmare. I highly recommend this book for anyone. It is for family and friends who have experienced the traumatic medical emergency of a loved one but also for those who just want to gain a better appreciation for a mother's love and the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Breaking through the darkness Nov. 6 2009
By M. Seaborn - Published on Amazon.com
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Coskie's words are more than a stories. They are a rescue line for me. I only wish it was available at the beginning of our journey to recovery from my son's brain injury. The book has helped me break free from the isolation, in the fact I am not alone. I realize many of the thoughts, pain and experiences are not exclusive to me. I have not given up my hope and faith, although at times, I hang on by my fingertips. Unimaginable has strengthened my hold and has reilluminated our path and actually renewed my strength. I am really looking forward to tomarrow.

I recommend it to anyone dealing with brain injury or sick child. Especially if they are in the beginning of their situations. It has wonderfully, helpfull tips. Tips that come during a time when simple thought processes could be such a chaotic mess.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child's Traumatic Brain Injury Oct. 22 2009
By Cheryl A. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely amazing and insightful! I know the family, my children grew up with the Coskie children. My daughter Jessica was great friends with Paul in school. Just being a part ofthe community and watching the poise and determination of this mother , child and family first had was a amazing! Unfortunately all this hit too closeto home for me as my daughter Jessica was involved in a head-on collision this past May and I also know the first hand affects of having a child who barely cheated death and now has a a brain injury. Luckily Jessica is moving along well thanks to the team of doctors at Scott & White Trauma ICU in Temple Texas. My heart goes out to all who have had to deal with this type of incident and the Coskie family is truly inspiring!


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