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Friday, April 19, 2013
A Serious Bump On The Head Turned This Mother Of Two Into A Best-selling Author
From Marlo Thomas.com:
This week's story is about a history professor who experienced a traumatic brain injury that unleashed a hidden talent -- writing fiction. Laura pursued her new passion fervently and has become a wildly successful romance author. What a fascinating way to heal! -– Marlo, MarloThomas.com
When Laura Kaye and her family set out for a July 4th holiday, she expected to see fireworks. But she had no idea that their summer vacation would begin with a bang that would change the course of her life.
“We were at our beach house,” Laura recalled, “and the girls were eating lunch. I was unloading the dishwasher and as I stood up, I caught the corner of my head on an open cabinet door. It hurt, but I didn’t think much about it. I just had a headache. So we went off to the amusement park and watched the fireworks that night.”
But over the next couple days, that headache would become crippling. So much so, that the Annapolis, Maryland mother of two ended up in the emergency room. What appeared to be a simple hit on the head was actually a traumatic brain injury.
“There was no physical damage that could be picked up on a scan. But I couldn’t sleep. I lost my appetite. I even began playing guitar for the first time! They could tell from the behavioral changes I began to experience that something serious had happened.”
Laura’s doctor explained that when tissue is injured, the brain re-routes the neural connections around the injury, often activating parts of the brain that weren’t being used.
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