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A Personal Narrative of Involvement in Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: What Can We Learn for Therapeutic Recreation Practice?

Suzanne Lawson, Fern M. Delamere, Susan L. Hutchinson


This paper is an autoethnographic exploration of one woman’s illness narrative. It provides an in-depth understanding of her lived experience of rehabilitation after sustaining a traumatic brain injury and poly-trauma. The narrative confirms the importance of providing people with self-determined choice as a primary component of rehabilitation. The voice and values of clients are integral to professional judgment. This narrative supports clients’ personal choice and freedom during the rehabilitation process as a means of increasing their sense of self-determination and empowerment while improving overall health outcomes.


Health Care, Illness Narrative, Personal Narrative, Patient Self-Determination, Traumatic Brain Injury, Therapeutic Recreation

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