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But my Brain had Other Ideas.

January 4, 2018


Join us for this special guest speaker this Sunday for both services. Deborah Brandon, PhD has been a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon University since 1991. She is a mother, a writer, and a respected textile artist, as well as a brain injury survivor. She has recently published a book, But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury. Brandon writes a blog, where often she discusses brain injury and its impact.

When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas―tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain―were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another.

And that was just the beginning.

Her book includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance.

Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long term recovery, revealing, without sugarcoating or sentimentality, Brandon’s struggles―and ultimate triumph.