Concussion Is Brain Injury

Treating the Neurons and Me

Front Cover Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me

the intricate details of the author’s experience are riveting and enlightening.
Kirkus Reviews

“Jeejeebhoy’s tale is highly emotional…uplifting, while giving a realistic view of recovery.”
Self-Publishing Review

About the first edition: “very good book, good reading” on Goodreads

In 2000, two drivers slammed into the car Shireen Jeejeebhoy was in. Her brain bounced inside her skull; the person she’d been died. This is her journey of searching for treatments to heal her dead neurons and herself. This is her message:

You are not alone.

In the year 2000, I was in a car crash. I emerged walking and talking, but the person I’d been was forever gone. Although no one knew it at the time, I’d sustained a concussion. The repercussions of that injury have shaped my life ever since.

Many believe a concussion is a mild injury, when in truth it is a traumatic brain injury in which the brain bangs about inside the skull. If not identified or treated within the first 48 hours, the injury can lead to secondary symptoms (euphemistically named post-concussive syndrome) that require years of rehabilitation.

Traditional rehabilitation, involving cognitive therapy and rest, were ineffective. In addition to lost neurons, I was quickly losing my social connections and relationships. The concussion was threatening to cut me off from the world.

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Beautifully written first person account of life after a brain injury. . . . Shireen describes in detail the changes in her life after her brain injury, her family’s reaction (spoiler alert: not helpful!), and the extensive treatment regimen that finally helped improve her functioning. This is a must read for anyone with a brain injury and anyone who is close to someone with a brain injury.

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  • Lived experience.
  • I am trained in the scientific method.
  • Experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing up research papers.
  • I worked six summers at the University of Toronto in a nutrition lab, assisting in science, animal, and human subject experiments and learnt much about laboratory research methods.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto.
  • I studied physiology and neurophysiology.
  • Designed and conducted original research on reducing inattention in a child with attention deficit disorder.
  • Conducted a year-long study on food perception in various eating populations and wrote the Abstract.
  • Research officer for a government of Ontario task force. I created and analyzed surveys as well as did investigative research.
  • For Lifeliner, I conducted over sixty interviews, read the literature, and waded through a massive amount of medical data.
  • I grew up in a medical household and spent many hours learning from my mother about good nursing care and the social value of volunteering and from my father about what makes for a good clinician-researcher.
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  • Lived experience.
  • I worked six summers at the University of Toronto in a nutrition lab, assisting in science, animal, and human subject experiments and learnt much about laboratory research methods.
  • Designed and conducted original research on reducing inattention in a child with attention deficit disorder for my B.Sc. at University of Toronto.
  • Conducted a year-long study on food perception in various eating populations and wrote the Abstract.
  • Research officer for a government of Ontario task force. I created and analyzed surveys as well as did investigative research.
  • For Lifeliner, I conducted over sixty interviews, read the literature, and waded through a massive amount of medical data.
  • I worked with the ADD Centre in proving that brain biofeedback works as a permanent treatment for concussion.
  • I experimented with audiovisual entrainment and cranioelectrical stimulation to devise successfully a solution for my thermoregulation problems caused by my brain injury. I wrote up the results in Concussion Is Brain Injury.
  • I researched and worked with the ADD Centre on seeing if increasing gamma brainwaves via brain biofeedback will improve functionality after brain injury. I wrote up the results in Concussion Is Brain Injury.