Local author to discuss his book on family and brain injury

Larry C. Kerpelman

Larry C. Kerpelman

Larry C. Kerpelman will be reading from his recently published book “Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury” at the Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason Street, Maynard, MA, this Thursday, November 15, at 7pm.

The book is about the traumatic brain injury sustained by his wife, Joanie, and her recovery.

After many years together, the couple had everything they wanted—a comfortable marriage, a nice home, two remarkable children. Then, a freak fall while she was jogging back home from her daily walk caused Joanie to sustain a traumatic brain injury and threw their equilibrium off course.

In “Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury,” Dr. Kerpelman gives a first-hand account of Joanie’s story as it happens day-to-day, with all the uncertainty of not knowing what is coming next. It took three emergency room visits, two hospitalizations, one brain surgery, and months of rehabilitation for her to regain her lost capacities. The reader watches and feels as she is hospitalized, faces dysfunction and possibly death, undergoes emergency surgery, and then, over the course of a year—driven by her own fortitude and determination and with her family’s support and encouragement—recovers the pieces missing from her memory, speech, confidence, and joy of life.

Told by an author with a doctorate in psychology, “Pieces Missing” is not only an inspiring story of how a marriage and family persevered and strove to survive the biggest crisis of their lives, but also a narrative of how health care is delivered and an account of what traumatic brain injury is all about. Most of all, it is a memoir of love, hope, family, healing, and recovery.

Larry C. Kerpelman is an award-winning health care communicator who has contributed articles to publications ranging in scope from “The Boston Globe” and “Urbanite” to “The Journal of the American Medical Association” and “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

His book has been praised by the author of another book on brain injury as capturing “. . . the terror and ambiguity of his wife Joanie’s sudden brain injury, as well as the setbacks and cumulative steps of treatment that led to her recovery,” and, by a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, as “… at once both inspiring and informative. It reflects their family’s mutual support under difficult circumstances and joy in Joanie’s recovery. …”

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