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Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury $15
Embracing the Journey $15
Bundle of 2 books – $30Surviving Brain Injury $30
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Amy’s Original Book

Life With a TBI authorUPDATE!!Midwest Book Award
Amy’s book was a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards, and was awarded a silver foil seal for her book cover!! Thank you to everyone for your continued support on this incredible journey!

A collection of short stories originally published on Huffington Post to educate and bring awareness about traumatic brain injury

“Amy’s book not only offers insight and details on brain injuries, but it also sheds light on an often-over looked and misunderstood issue. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, it gives me hope that one day the traumatic brain injury community will finally get the recognition and help it needs.”
★ Ali Wallace, Miss Oregon 2015 & TBI survivor

“Traumatic brain injury causes your world to implode. The effects of TBI are far-reaching and long term; touching every imaginable part of your life, the lives of those you love and those who love you. Amy weaves her own story and the stories of others who have sustained a TBI with important education that provides both help and hope.” ~ Lee Woodruff, New York Times #1 bestselling author and contributor, “CBS This Morning”

“Often invisible, TBI takes a toll, not just physically and cognitively, but emotionally and socially, as friendships and empathy are tested “to the max.” Amy explains TBI so vividly that the TBI-er feels exonerated, understood, and no longer alone. Those whose loved ones are touched by TBI are given a glimpse and better understanding of their world.

Amy’s escape from a dark, lonely place of desperation to a vibrant voice advocating for TBI is an inspiration to all. Her first-person account and collection of personal stories, the factual information, ideas for encouraging and caring for TBI friends and family, and the many resources is incredible on its own merit—but it’s truly phenomenal considering it was all written while coping with the challenges of TBI.”

★ Marlene, Kansas, caregiver-from-afar


Every 13 seconds someone in the United States suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury. That’s over 3.5 million people per year just in the U.S. 

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post. Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it’s like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.

Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those ages 1-44, and third overall behind cancer and heart disease.

This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones. It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

There is no cure for TBI. Many will deal with the aftereffects for the rest of their life. It can take months, years, or decades to start feeling better again. There is no correlation between the severity of the accident that caused the TBI, and the length of recover. The most severe can recover quickly, while some of the most mild cases can take years to recover. There is no magic formula, as no two TBI’s are alike.

Motor vehicle–traffic injury is the leading cause of TBI-related death. Rates are highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.

Survivors are continually trying to find their way back to normal, and it may take them months or years before they fully understand and accept that the “normal” they once knew no longer exists. If they aren’t surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends, it can make the process all the more challenging.

Society at large doesn’t understand that EVERY single concussion is a brain injury, to some extent.

Amy is passionate about bringing TBI awareness to the public. She has found that even medical professionals are perplexed about TBI, and often don’t know how to diagnose or treat it properly. Amy’s mission is to get the information in this book into the hands of as many people as possible to spread awareness.

“I first heard of Amy Zellmer through her Huffington Post pieces. Reading her work through the eyes of a survivor, it was clear that she was writing from the vantage point of being a brain injury survivor herself. Simply put, she was speaking my language. I immediately identified with her experiences as they paralleled my own life. In Amy’s new book, she shares many of the triumphs, frustrations, pains and joys that we face within the survivor community.” ~ David Grant, author of Metamorphosis: Surviving Brain Injury and Slices of Life after Traumatic Brain Injury. David is also a staff writer for–a PBS supported web presence, as well as a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries.

*statistics in bold are sourced from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Amy’s Newest Book

UPDATE!!Midwest Book Award
Amy’s book was a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards, and was awarded a silver foil seal for her book cover!! Thank you to everyone for your continued support on this incredible journey!

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye. This book is a sequel to Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal, and is a collection of her short articles, which were originally published on HuffPost.

“Amy Zellmer is a primary example of how powerful and life changing combining personal experience, passion, and advocacy can be. Words carry the ability to transform culture and individual lives. Take a moment to read the words of Amy Zellmer and you too, may experience that transformation.”  – Ben Utecht, 2006 Super Bowl Champion and author of Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away

“I’m so happy that Amy Zellmer keeps shining a bright light in the dark world of brain trauma. Our work is all about education and helping others who are walking this path. The best way to help yourself is to help others. Thank you, Amy, for consistently getting the word out to survivors and their loved ones. Keep on keeping on!” – Cyndy Feasel, former NFL wife and author of After the Cheering Stops


Amy’s Anthology

Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and InspirationOur anthology book is truly a community project! With over 100 contributors from across the globe, this book was successfully funded on Kickstarter in September.

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UPDATE!!Midwest Book Award
Amy’s book was a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards, and was awarded a silver foil seal for her book cover!! Thank you to everyone for your continued support on this incredible journey!

12 thoughts on “Books

  1. THANK YOU Amy!
    Your giving of yourself and explaining the Reality of the great need for public education and the great need for useful information for family and friends is priceless. Everone must know when they hear “TBI” that it is a very complex presentation of vulnerabilities, maladaptive functioning and that this INJURY should not alienate the TBI survivor. People must know we are still who we are but with a hidden injury to the brain that causes a complex presentation of social, physical, phychological and too many more possible areas of disrupted functioning too mention here. Isolation due to rejection and fear of who we have “become” does worsen the trauma to a TBI survivor’s life and is an all too common punishment added to the TBI sufferer”s injury!
    A great big push in as many ways as possible to spark Public education is a beautiful gift to us all! Your book is that spark!!!
    I’m dreaming of the day when all my symptons can be understood and accepted with the knowlege that i am still who i truely am, just injured in an an unspeakably painful way as I present in disturbing ways at times and have great difficulty with doing the simplest things at times just as you have shared about your diverse symptoms from in your amazing book. There is So much deep despair and the temptation for just giving up when i have been alienated for not being the same person that I presented as befor my TBI. This is the hard reality, just the truth, about how bad it gets living with a TBI.
    Amy, your book is the brightest hope provoking inspiration for me.
    Your bravery and intelligence is saluted and praised!!!
    A multitude of people’s lives will be helped in so many ways as your book sets off on its journey!

    Shelley McNamara

    (I live here at Schmidt’s too and am
    A TBI and PTSD survivor. See you Thursday evening.)

  2. TBI survivor since age 12. My favorite passion of my TBI is proving doctor’s wrong! Have done everything they told my parents that I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do! I’m no victim! I’m a survivor! Can’t wait to get your book!

  3. Amy, I am about 4 months out since I slipped on ice just like you did. In fact, it was amazing to see how many similarities there were in both of our injuries and the resulting problems. I especially picked your book because we were both injured the same way and I am so glad that I did. Your book has really shown me that I am not alone and that there are so many people dealing with the same issues that I am. I cannot tell you how much that has meant to me. I now see that people do get through this and are able to come out the other side as a better, stronger individual. Thank you so much for giving me that hope and belief.
    Alan Gregory

  4. My sister sent me your book Life with TBI in a care package last week. It’s been a life saver. I too fell on the ice landing full impact on the back of my skull on 2/22/18 and am also from Minnesota! I am in the midst of your very story and have continued to read how you recovered. Would love to get some of the essential oils you spoke of. I’ve just started PT yesterday and felt like I was hit by a truck today, the day after PT. I have a fairly good support system and am back working a few hours every other day. I work with people who have mental illness so it is stressful work but also good for my soul to be back there. I was working when I fell so they have all been concerned about me in the last month. Sometimes when you turn inward it’s a scary thing but I am determined this will get better and I am grateful I found your first book

  5. […] Katelyn- Amy can you tell us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related? Amy-I was a professional photographer for 20 years before retiring in 2018 due to my brain injury. I love all things sparkly and glittery and am addicted to Miss Me jeans and Starbucks coffee. Katelyn- Those are some fun, harmless addictions! I have seen your photography and it is wonderful. I am so sorry you had to retire that career. I know that you have been speaking all over the country about your experience and what you have learned about traumatic brain injury and impacting a lot of lives in a positive way. I know what inspired your writing but could you tell the readers? Amy- After suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2014, I began writing as a form of therapy. From there I submitted a piece to the Huffington Post which went crazy viral and thus became my advocacy platform. The rest, as they say, is history. Katelyn- Writing can be such a great form of healing when we experience something traumatic. I am glad you got confirmation from the viral post that you were on the right track. Can you tell the readers what genre you write in and what kind of books you like to read? Amy- I write non-fiction, and I also love to read non-fiction. I also love a good mystery book! Katelyn- I am always curious about why authors choose to write and go through the process of getting their writing published.  What compels you to write? Amy-As I mentioned, I began writing as therapy. I now continue to write to help others who have experienced a brain injury and to help educate loved ones, caregivers, and the medical profession. With over 3.5 million TBIs each year in the US alone, it is a grossly misunderstood and misdiagnosed injury. Knowing that my writing is helping thousands (if not millions) of people around the world who are lost and confused in the world of TBI keeps me writing. I receive the most amazing cards of gratitude for my pieces, and it’s truly touching. Katelyn-I am so glad you are out there as an advocate! Traumatic brain injury is just starting to get the recognition it needs.  So many people have had one and don’t even know and the effects of TBI can be devastating as you know. As a writer and creative person, I am sure you have had at least one creative block. What do you do when you get a creative block? Amy- I can either sit down and write an article in 5 minutes flat, or I sit and stare at my screen for 20 minutes before realizing I need to go for a walk outside in nature to clear my mind from all the chatter. Katelyn- Ah, nature is my place to clear my mind too. I imagine some of our readers also feel like they have a book in them and don’t know where to start. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Amy- I am asked often by fellow TBIers how to get started writing. I tell them to write no matter how little or how much. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Just get it down on paper and out of your head. A good Editor will help you flush it all out and turn it into a piece of art! Katelyn- I agree. Just start and don’t worry about it being a finished product.  Like you I started by blogging and feel that is a great way for people to start writing and getting feedback. How can people support you in your writing career? Amy- I have started Keynoting at conferences to help the medical community understand the reach of TBI and how it impacts us when we are brushed off by doctors who we are supposed to trust. I am always looking for groups who would be interested in having me speak and do a book signing! Katelyn- Thank you so much for spending time with me and sharing more about you, Amy. What is your web address or where can people find your books or get in touch with you about speaking? […]

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