Surviving Amnesia: Mind Over Memory by Adam Burns

Surviving Amnesia: Mind Over Memory

byAdam Burns, Maureen Burns

Kobo ebook | March 3, 2013

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Surviving Amnesia – Mind Over Memory is a philosophical and inspiring exploration of acute memory loss, the power of accepting what you can’t change, and defying what you’re told to accept. This is the true story of a mother and son who beat impossible odds.

Title:Surviving Amnesia: Mind Over MemoryFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 3, 2013Publisher:Adam BurnsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:130129179X

ISBN - 13:9781301291793


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly satisfying read Surviving Amnesia is a detailed yet immediate look at how mother and son gradually cope with the sudden and catastrophic mutation of their existence. Both Adam and Maureen's writing is delivered without any unnecessary verbal garnish, yet their recollections create vivid perceptions that provoke a powerful sense of empathy within the reader. Maureen's struggle with outside opposition and Adam's struggle with internal devastation are seamlessly intertwined and juxtaposed. The duality of their conflict and the honesty with which the authors present themselves leaves one feeling a sense of gratitude for human endurance. All in all "Surviving Amnesia" is a highly satisfying read and warrants emotion from the reader without soliciting it.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most affecting memoirs I've ever read Maureen and Adam Burns' jointly-written account of their experience recovering from Adam's traumatic brain injury, is one of the most affecting memoirs I've ever read. The narrative alternates between caregiver/advocate/Mother-with-a-captial-A Maureen, battling a host of medical professionals in order to secure the best care for her son, and Adam's struggle to re-orient vast swaths of his consciousness after the accident. If you want proof of just how resilient the human mind, body, and will can be when pressed to unbelievable limits, read this book.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This would make an amazing movie I couldn't put this book down. From the very beginning I knew "Surviving Amnesia," written from 2 different perspectives, was something special. Adam and his mother lead us on a perilious journey, from his horrific accident, through the medical and legal systems, the beginning signs of hope, to the stubborn, well earned steps to recovery (struggles still exist, but the fighting spirit is fierce). Straight, simple, deeply honest writing about their experiences as the caregiver/advocate and survivor. I didn't know that the mind and body could recover from such trauma, but for these 2 people, that was never a question. Truly inspiring. Bravo! This would make an amazing movie.
Date published: 2014-01-08