Lucky Me – I’m reading a book BEFORE it’s a book!

I’m a big time BOOK LOVER!

It’s all my mother’s fault.  She told me that ‘books are your friends’.  We all want good friends right? So I have shelves and shelves and shelves of very good book friends.

Recently I discovered that a friend, Claire Smith, has just written (but not yet published) a book called “Falling Into NOW“.   She offered me the chance to read her ‘electronic’ proof version of the manuscript.  OMG – what an honour that she bestowed on me.  I was thrilled!

Now,  I’m a lover of the old fashioned, ‘hold in your hands’ kind of book.  But thank goodness I’m comfortable with my technology too.  My iPad was a perfect way to read the digital copy that she emailed to me.

I love this book.  I’ve taken my time reading it.  I want to savour Claire’s heartfelt and revealing story.  It’s so good that I’ll be sad when I finish it in the next day or so. I’m planning a ‘re-read’ very soon.

She was an elite Canadian equestrian who competed on our Canadian Equestrian Team in the 1990’s.  Her sporting life came to a crashing and life threatening end in 1997. The book’s subtitle is “Memories of Sport, Traumatic Brain Injury and Education”.

It’s a compelling story told from her own point of view as well as from her parents’ perspectives. Claire’s story will resonate with so many people and their families.  This is a universal and ultimately uplifting story about the perseverance of the human spirit.

On a personal level, I realized that her story will be encouraging to a member of my own family. I have a nephew who suffered a major sport concussion that has altered his life journey. Reading someone else’s story can offer great support.

A book launch is planned this fall in Merrickville, not far from Claire’s home. I’ll be sure to let you all know about it. I’ll be meeting with her next week to talk about her marketing plans. Stay tuned for updates so that you can purchase a copy for yourself or someone you care about.

If you’d like to read a bit more about Claire’s journey, click on this CBC News link.  Her achievements since her accident are uplifting, to say the least.

Please share your comments.  Do you know someone who has suffered from a brain injury?  How has their life been affected?

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  1. Yes, I also have a friend whose entire life has been changed after suffering a fall and a serious concussion. I’m looking forward to hearing Claire’s story. Keep us posted on the book launch and which bookstores will carry Claire’s book.

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