Metamorphosis: Surviving Brain Injury by David Grant describes
one man’s journey through the incredible struggles and victories
following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). As a survivor, he
shares his expertise and provides education, support and
encouragement to others with MTBI, their families, friends and
healthcare professionals. He tells how one’s life can change on
every level in a split second. His account is amazingly honest and
heartfelt, with a touch of humor.
explains how his injury has changed his life, including memory loss,
communication difficulties, physical symptoms, emotional responses
and behavior changes. He also shows us the face of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) which so often accompanies MTBI. We travel
with him on his road thus far and see how the turns and detours have
taken him to a new place, one with more acceptance, appreciation and
I am a
speech-language pathologist in an outpatient rehabilitation
setting. I have worked with numerous persons with MTBI who so often
tell me that they have listened enough to the doctors, the lawyers,
etc. and want to hear from someone who “really gets it”. David
really gets it. If you are a survivor of MTBI, I highly recommend
this book. If you are someone who lives with, knows, loves or works
with a survivor of MTBI, I also highly recommend you read this
book. Not only will it help you “get it” but it teaches important
life lessons to all of us.
quote David “The value of real friends in times of crisis, having
someone's hand to hold when the path ahead is dark and uncertain,
knowing deep inside, that against all odds, life will indeed go
~Barbara Capobianco, M.S. CCC/SLP
"As difficult as
reading can be for me, I could not put the book down. From goose
bumps, to heartbreak, to tears, to applauding and cheering you on.
It is a realistic memoir of life with a TBI, the good, the bad, the
ugly, the beautiful. The trials and tribulations. The heartbreak and
the heart touching.
I congratulate you
for painstakingly putting into script what the world needs to hear,
needs to know. Not only about a brain injury, but anyone needing
hope and encouragement from any of life's tragedies and unexpected
upheavals. It is powerful and moving and I applaud you."
TBI Survivor, Tyngsboro, MA
book I've read
I am TBI survivor. Both my wife and I have read many books on TBI.
This is an honest, accurate representation of this injury. As the
book says, no two injuries and the results are the same, but there
are certain aspects that seem to be common to all. Very well written
and easily read.
Seat - TBI/Concussion Insights
This is an amazing perspective on Traumatic Brain Injury, written by
a TBI survivor two years after the accident that left him
"permanently disabled." His struggles are heart-breaking but his
determination and generosity are inspiring. I have been learning
about traumatic brain injury myself for the past two years, in my
case as a friend of a survivor and as a learning specialist. The
impact of this injury on survivors and their families is applling
and we see ample evidence of this in the book: health care
professionals who were less than helpful but happy to take his
money, the frustrating lack of help from insurance, the fading away
of old friends, the challenges that must have seemed overwhelming,
and the struggle with depression and PTSD in addition to the
physical and mental damage .
professional I treat brain injury, develop materials to retrain
injured brains, and blog about TBI and concussion. I found David
Grant's story compelling but I wish he had provided the sorts of
information that probably would have bored anyone without my
psychological preoccupation. I experienced the same frustration in
reading My Stroke of Insight. I want to ask, " Yes, but what did you
do, in excruciating detail please, to make progress since your
For any normal
reader wanting to understand one man's experiences as a result of
this injury, I heartily recommend this book. And I celebrate the
special mix of intelligence, courage, and talent that allowed the
author to share such a remarkable journey.
Perspective Truly Gained
As the wife of a veteran with PTSD, my heart goes out to anyone with
PTSD or TBI, or as in David's case, both. I love how he says, "With
the passage of time, new perspectives are gained, new insights
emerge." Truly evident in his gripping account. Thank you, David,
for baring your soul to provide encouragement to all who share a
similar journey. Forever changed, but also grateful. Way to go,
David! And God bless Sarah too.
I am a TBI caregiver and a survivor as well. This is a MUST READ for
everyone dealing with TBI caregiver or survivor. One note for
survivors, if you are dealing w/PTSD as well, there were some
triggers, breathe & focus, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
reading if you know a traumatic brain injured individual
This fills a missing link in the medical community's assistance in
dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury. The honesty in David Grant's
portrayal of his experiences may give a bone chilling insight into
an epidemic in the US today. We have talked to David about our son's
TBI following a serious car accident. He is doing his part to help
family and friends understand a loved one 's actions and feelings
following a TBI. We have purchased 5 copies to give family and
friends . The book is easy to read, printed as to assist an
individual with brain trauma to read. It Is surprisingly
entertaining reading due to David Grant's unfailing optimism and
sense of humor. Bless him! This is a good read.
As a 10 year TBI survivor David's story made me cry! As I was
subjected to so many similar things! I have never heard from another
survivor it did my heart good! So, similar yet so different as we
are individuals. Thank you David for sharing your journey!!!!
My sister had a brain tumor removed and we are trying to learn all
we can as she recovers and has very little short term memory. This
book gave me a lot of good ideas to help her and I quickly shared
with other family members to read.
A must read!
As a survivor myself i strongly urge others to read this book
whether your a survivor, caregiver, friend, family member or a
professional it is a MUST read! Also a big thumbs up to David as it
couldn't have been easy writing your story i want to thank you from
the bottom of my heart for sharing! You have helped me so much!
story of the trials of surviving and living with traumatic head
David writes with honesty and vulnerability what many are feeling. I
congratulate him on his efforts to bring light on the "silent
epidemic" of those of us living in this new world skewed by the life
altering events of TBI. Also in helping us feel a little less crazy
and alone in our new reality. Thank you!
comprehensive book about brain injury from a personal standpoint.
This is an excellent book for anyone who is recovering from brain
injury or anyone who has a family member who is recovering from
brain injury. By telling his story David Grant helps others to
understand the many unexpected difficulties that arise. Mr. Grant's
book helps those with a brain injury to feel more,"normal". His book
helps friends and family understand what their loved one is going
This is a must read for anyone who has had a TBI. Well written and
very informative. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Metamorphosis Surviving Brain Injury
David's honest account and positivity are an inspiration to other
TBI sufferers all over the world, and I highly recommend this book
to anyone who has been affected by or knows someone affected by a
TBI. Thanks for being such a support to us all over the world David,
As a survivor of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) I really feel
identified with the author, I would highly recommend this book to
any one that has survived it, lives with or knows anyone that has
gone through it or just want to learn about it.
A friend recommended this book to me after my wife had a bicycle
accident and resulting TBI that hospitalized her for six weeks (and
counting). I found the book to be very informative and a bit
chilling concerning the challenges we are likely to face over the
coming years but forewarned is forearmed and I'm glad to have read
it. I don't know that I'd recommend it for TBI victims early in
their recovery as it might be discouraging to realize that they may
face late onset problems while they're trying to come to grips with
their current difficulties.
This is an excellent book on anyone that has had a brain injury or a
family member or friend to read to explain what the person with the
brain injury is going through. Really good.
This is a well-written and powerful story that sheds light on a
"silent epidemic." This book offers tremendous insight into the
world of TBI. As a registered nurse, it was helpful for me to read a
survivor's story of the challenges that are faced on a daily basis.
The author's tenacity is admirable. As we journey with him down the
road of recovery, there is message of hope that shines through. I
highly recommend this book to anyone who has been affected by a TBI,
health care professionals; or anyone else who may need to be
encouraged to keep going no matter what you may be going through.
David's journey helped give me a better understanding of my own
son's TBI. I believe this book will help many families.
about brain injury from the inside out
David Grant is my hero, and equally so is Sarah Grant. What a
compelling story that may not have been told without this
Aside from the
fact that he is a brilliant writer, Grant opens the door of his
heart so that anyone suffering from any type of brain injury can
benefit. The story itself is riveting, but when you add Grant's
optimism and tenacity and Sarah's unwavering support as they ramble
though the complex world of medicine, you find yourself touched at a
I will be
following his superb blog for the insight I gain will be invaluable
as I occasionally do volunteer for for the disabled and
disadvantaged. And I look forward to his next book. I'm hooked.