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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:152
  • eBook ISBN:9781612541082

Headstrong

Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind

by Donna Valentino

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Overview
On an uncharacteristically warm February day in Texas, a young couple sets off in search of a new adventure. The quiet, isolated woods of the resort offer the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. They challenge each other to an ATV ride and start off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that follows, however, is not what they anticipated. After crossing several cattle guards successfully, Donna Valentino attempts to navigate another—only to crash into an unmarked and almost invisible chain. In an instant, her lovers’ weekend turns into a nightmare of injuries, including what would later be diagnosed as a severe brain injury. After months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind, recounting her remarkable journey of recovery and adaptation. Headstrong reveals her practical and positive outlook on life as well as her steadfast determination to make it, which she hopes will be an inspiration to others.
Description
On an uncharacteristically warm February day in Texas, a young couple sets off in search of a new adventure. The quiet, isolated woods of the resort offer the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. They challenge each other to an ATV ride and start off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that follows, however, is not what they anticipated. After crossing several cattle guards successfully, Donna Valentino attempts to navigate another—only to crash into an unmarked and almost invisible chain. In an instant, her lovers’ weekend turns into a nightmare of injuries, including what would later be diagnosed as a severe brain injury. After months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind, recounting her remarkable journey of recovery and adaptation. Headstrong reveals her practical and positive outlook on life as well as her steadfast determination to make it, which she hopes will be an inspiration to others.
About the author
Donna Valentino was born and raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from high school in 1979, she worked full time at various companies. She married in 1987 and had two children, Nikki and Jordan. She coached her son’s soccer team, managed both kids’ basketball teams, and stayed active in the PTA. She also played tennis on a team with good friends for seventeen years. On February 7, 2009, Donna’s life as she knew it was turned upside down. As a result of a traumatic brain injury, all the physical activities she once treasured became impossible. Enjoying time with her children was put on hold. Starting a new relationship with someone special was cut short. Recently, after years of recovery and rebuilding her life, she wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind as part of a new beginning. Donna lives in Dallas, Texas.

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