As one little victory led to another, Andrew fought to do all the things the doctors said he’d never be able to do again.
His book charts the battles lost an won, it illustrates his incremental improvements, and it leads him – and us – to some big revelations about the nature of survival.
Andrew had written tens of thousands of words of content on his blog, but a blog does not make a working manuscript. So, we built up a new narrative, based on the blog.
We told his story chronologically, so readers could see and feel the improvements he made. But it also works thematically, allowing us to expand on elements of the blog and reflect more deeply on some of the key elements of his journey.
Even though the book had to end, Andrew’s journey is ongoing, and we wanted to wrap up his story in way which reflected that. We wrote a reflective coda putting everything he’d learned into context, giving readers who may be on a similar path, hope for the future.
The Reality of Brain Injury: Am I Still Me? was published by Routledge in March 2022