JoAnne Jones Portrait in peach colored shirt

At 7:16 pm, January16, 2009, my life irrevocably changed. I was, at 7:15 pm, a college professor and in Washington DC for the inauguration of Barack Obama. I carried my sabbatical research in a backpack, along with the itinerary for my upcoming trip to the Bahamas where I would relax, write and absorb the beauty of the land and the people.

And then a stranger came up behind me, and with no warning or comments, assaulted me with a hammer.

After months of surgeries and rehabilitation for my injured brain and fractured hands, I wanted to find, rather I was desperate to find, stories like mine. I craved information about traumatic brain injury and trauma. I read what I could about random violence. I needed to understand the inexplicable.
Rose Growing in Concrete

That was over ten years ago. I struggle everyday with the effects of what happened.  I feel a deep kinship to others who are surviving with their brain and nervous system rearranged by sudden, chance and irrevocable events.

Now I realize that the most important capacities are inside me.  I am now part of a community of people who, though often invisible, have the strength of the rose that grows through concrete and the faith of the petals that reach toward the sky.

Current Book(s):

Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

 By JoAnne Silver Jones

Published by She Writes Press, November 2019.

I never intended to write a book about my experience. When I began to feel physically stronger, I started to make some notes about how I was feeling. Once I started writing, I felt more like the story was writing itself, with me as scribe. As I wrote, I realized that I had to dig more deeply into my own family history, and my raw, vulnerable places. My story, I recognized, was one that spoke to many whose lives are made invisible due to brain injury; who are the innocent victims of the violence of strangers and the violence of systems, and to the families and friends whose lives are also deeply impacted.

Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury book cover with woman holding up painted hand in front of painted face.
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2020 Best New Voice: Nonfiction Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist

2020 Living Now Gold Medal Winner, Living Now MIND Award

2020 Reader’s Choice, Honorable Mention, Non-fiction.

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