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Fallen : a trauma, a marriage, and the transformative power of music

Author: Kara Stanley
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part recovery narrative and part love story, interwoven with the latest research on the brain, Fallen describes the aftermath of a life-threatening brain and spinal cord injury. In 2008, Simon Paradis stepped backward on the scaffolding where he was doing construction work and fell two stories to the hard stone tile below. Landing on his back, head, and spine, he suffered a severe brain and spinal cord injury.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Stanley, Kara.
Fallen.
(CaOONL)20159025656
Named Person: Kara Stanley; Kara Stanley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kara Stanley
ISBN: 9781771641029 1771641029 9781771641036 1771641037
OCLC Number: 907967911
Description: ix, 309 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Kara Stanley.
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Part recovery narrative and part love story, interwoven with the latest research on the brain, Fallen describes the aftermath of a life-threatening brain and spinal cord injury. In 2008, Simon Paradis stepped backward on the scaffolding where he was doing construction work and fell two stories to the hard stone tile below. Landing on his back, head, and spine, he suffered a severe brain and spinal cord injury. Doctors warned his wife, Kara Stanley, that he probably would not survive, and that if he did, his mind and his body would never be the same. In Fallen, Kara Stanley chronicles the effect of this catastrophic accident on both Simon and her and on their marriage. Combining the heart-wrenching narrative of Simon's recovery with the latest research on the brain, the book elucidates the resilience of both the human heart and the human mind. It also describes the transformative role of music in Simon's life both before and during his continuing rehabilitation and his hard-fought battle to return to work as a professional musician. At the heart of the story is the relationship between the author and her husband, as she explores what is essential in a marriage to allow it to grow and thrive even amid life's inherent chaos and uncertainty.

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"The man whose portrait Stanley paints is endearing, and her love for him is resilient and unquestionable ...a compelling story of strength and love."—Publishers Weekly "A profound mining of the Read more...

 
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