My name is Lori Faitel;
I was born in Lansing Michigan, an only child until 1973 when, my favorite toy which is my brother Christopher, was born. I lived with my parents until I was 24 years old when I began a promising life as an up and coming businesswoman. A life devastating automobile accident occurred which changed everything in 1986. I suffered a TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury in April of 1986 and was in a coma for 7 days. I spent the next 6 years in therapy until I felt like a functional person, again. I became a student of various therapies and private study for about 6 years. Post Brain Trauma people must recreate who themselves. I began working in the health care field, went back to college received an Occupational Therapy Degree in Allied Health.
My goal is to “pay it forward” and help others. Since 1992 I have lead a happy and healthy life in the world of the Non-Brain Injured with my husband and many pets.
I created a book from memoirs written during my recuperation: “Am I Brain Damaged?” I pray this book will open the minds of the general population, above all I wish to provide motivation and comfort to other Brain Injured people.
I am a TBI survivor from a car accident.
We all have been through life changing events and that is why we have something in common.
I was on my way to work one morning in April of 1986. A stake truck carrying hay bales, for road construction, dropped a bail of hay on my windshield. That Lori Purdy at 24 years of age ceased to exist.
I have been blessed to live and work in the world of the non-brain injured since 1992. I am currently a C.O.T.A./L Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed here in Michigan.
During my recuperation when I was still an inpatient at the hospital (Providence in Southfield) my Neuro-Psychologist suggested that I begin keeping a journal/memoir to help me organize my thoughts. I wrote thoughts on paper regularly. When I began to write my thoughts I was still very mentally confused. My motor function allowed me to write, almost legibly. I could draw the character of letters, but I did not remember words or how to spell. I then tried to put words to my thoughts; some of the writings came out very elementary.
My TBI occurred late in the Month of April in 1986, I am guessing I began writing by the end of summer in 1986. I kept writing in notebooks for almost 20 years. My writing became my source of power. I knew that some day I would help others with my thoughts.
In 2007 a Speech Pathologist friend/co-worker suggested I put these thoughts into a book. I tried to create such a book. But, to read the words, my own personal confused words and vivid memories were too upsetting to me.
In 2008, for me to create something others could understand became very important to me. I put out an email to everyone I knew asking for an editor who had patience to read what I had written, to write their own view of what they were reading. I found such an editor through the chapter president of a volunteer group I am still active with, Queen for a day, (currently known as Queen for a Day/ Heros-QFAD/Heros) Queen for a Day (QFAD) and Heroes are national non-profit charities whose mission is to raise the self esteem and confidence of children 3-21 with cancer.
My Editor was Heather Haack. Heather worked with me for a year, spending many hours reading, editing old and new writings. Heather and I worked with the writings back and forth until my information could be put into a story format then created into a book.
This book is “Am I Brain Damaged?” by Lori Purdy Faitel, I self-published in February of 2009. I am very proud of this book. I know that if I had something like this when I was recuperating it would have been a great source of inspiration. As a writing professional, I was told I am a WRITER, being that I have a published book regardless that I self-published. I am aware of 10 errors in grammar in this book. I also have a downloadable version that I believe is error free.
A goal in my recuperated life is to do all I can to motivate and help other brain injured. I would be honored if I could come to one of your meetings and introduce my book.
For an autographed copy of my book contact me via my cell phone or via email at email@example.com or 248-310-4815.
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