Creating a New Life After Brain Injury

Dear Readers and Friends,

Welcome to my website! I am the author of Professor Cromer Learns to Read: A Couple’s New Life after Brain Injury. In 1998, my husband Alan suffered a severe anoxic brain injury following a massive heart attack and cardiac arrest. My book chronicles the seven year journey we undertook to reclaim Alan’s mind, body, and spirit. I share some of our challenges, losses, coping strategies, and achievements along the path to a new identity, a new kind of marriage, and a new life with meaning and gusto. Professor Cromer Learns to Read received the 2010 Neal Duane Award for Distinction and a Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Writing from AMWA-NE.

As a caregiver, you have a vital role in every stage of your injured family member's rehabilitation, recovery, and new life. So much responsibility, so much to learn, so much to manage!

As a caregiver for my husband, I know how important it is to find ways to keep stress manageable, express emotions safely, and stay whole as a person. This website and blog will offer lots of caregiver resources and tips to help you stay healthy on your journey. While focused on brain injury, most tips apply to any illness.

Resources & Speaking

Congratulations on all the hard work you've put into your recovery so far! When my husband Alan had his brain injury, we learned that every step forward takes weeks of effort and practice. But it pays off!

Click here for resources on information, books, and websites.

I extend my deepest appreciation and respect for the work you do on behalf of people who have brain injuries and their families. By sharing my caregiving expertise along with my clinical expertise, I offer you more resources to understand and effectively partner with family caregivers for the shared goal of the best care for the patient with a brain injury across the continuum of care.

My specialties include issues that arise for brain injury survivors and family caregivers across the continuum from acute crisis to years after the injury. I also teach stress resilience for healthcare professionals.

Speaking & Upcoming Events

I am a knowledgeable resource for interviews or articles about anoxic, traumatic, or acquired brain injury. My specialties include cardiac arrest survivors, making a new life after brain injury, rebuilding identity, cognitive rehabilitation at home, and brain injury as a chronic disease.

I combine my personal and clinical experience to address family caregiver issues including the seasons of a caregiver's journey, stress resilience, redefining family roles, restoring intimacy, creative expression, ethical decision-making, and promoting the caregiver's physical and emotional health.

Janet is a valuable Media Source

Bring Janet to Speak with Your Group

As a psychiatric RN and educator, I speak nationally at brain injury and family caregiver conferences, hospitals, universities, community events and literary gatherings. My keynote speeches and workshops have been highly rated by professionals, caregivers, and survivors. I welcome the opportunity to speak to your organization.

I hope Professor Cromer Learns to Read will offer inspiration, information, and encouragement to brain injury survivors, family caregivers, and medical professionals. My book is not a “How To” book. However, it is packed with information about strategies and coping skills that worked for us and might be worth trying if you or a family member has a traumatic brain injury (TBI), anoxic brain injury, or acquired brain injury (ABI). Families of Wounded Warriors, service men and women who sustained IED blast injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, will also find resources here.

Janet Cromer has captured so elegantly and emotionally the roller coaster ride of experiencing a brain injury.

Lee Woodruff, Co-author of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, and author of Perfectly Imperfect

…an intellectual and emotional road map for anyone who has, is currently, or may in the future navigate the swampy waters of caregiving for a loved one with serious disability.

Mel Glenn, MD, Director of Outpatient and Community Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School.

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    July 3, 2014

    Read Janet’s article on “Seasons of Caregiving: Challenges, Skills, and Strategies” in the Ontario Brain Injury Association Review.

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