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Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy, Terror and Triumph Through a Child's Traumatic Brain Injury [Paperback]

Dixie Coskie

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Jan. 1 2010 1932279377 978-1932279375
First shocked with horror and despair after her son's traumatic brain injury, Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie and her family grow to find hope, healing, and even greater love. Dixie's narrative of how she came to appreciate the simplest of things-when her son is able to blink his eyelids, lift his finger, utter a word-is powerfully moving. It will bring you into a realm where body, mind, and spirit are pushed to their limits. UNTHINKABLE is about perseverance, filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Dixie follows each chapter of the harrowing journey with vital insights to assist others through their tragedies. A Companion for Caregivers - Powerful tips and tools to help any parent faced with a child's traumatic injury or illness.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932279377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932279375
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,189,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! Sept. 17 2009
By D. Boland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelievable Journey Oct. 5 2009
By A Huge Fan of the Coskie Family - Published on Amazon.com
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Dixie's story is one that is painfully raw with emotion. Yet,at the same time, the journey is blended with hope, and complete faith that Paul would survive the horrific accident. Dixie allows you to see into what life is like not only for the TBI patient, but for the family as well. The complete bond and faith of the Coskie family is evident and has provided them with the support needed to help Paul and the family heal.

The book offers helpful tips for anyone dealing with a TBI.
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