The journey through my recovery of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

Harriet Rose Ronaghan has written a book about her recovery from a traumatic brain injury. She is looking for a traditional publishing house. This blog will hopefully entice you to learn more about the recovery of a traumatic brain injury; specifically that being brain injured still means you can be everything you always dreamed.



Harriet had an amazing recovery and all she wants to do is help other survivors as much as she can. The book does concentrate on her brain injury but it’s also generally about having hope, compassion and love of life in general.



Harriet was born in England, started ballet at age three and continued up until the day she was no longer able to. At the age of 18 she was in a severe car crash that left her in a coma. Never ever did Harriet imagine there would come a day when she couldn’t balance on one foot let alone run down the street. She began writing a journal as a way to escape the reality that her life had become. Harriet has come a long way down this road of recovery and she never really aspired to be an author but she believes her book will help others and that’s all what she want to do.


Quote: “My disability was only a disability for as long I chose to look at it that way. When I opened my eyes to my abilities, I began living again.”

Harriet was given less than a 5% chance to survive.

19 thoughts on “The journey through my recovery of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

  1. Love you and so very proud of your Harriet.
    What a journey, looking forward to reading your book.
    The web site looks fantastic.
    Dad XXX

  2. I am honoured to be on this journey with you, Harriet Rose, as you bring your experiences and insights to the page and out into the world. I am so proud of you!
    with affection,
    your vigilant writing coach,
    Sylvia Taylor

  3. Love you too sweet heart! XX You are an amazing young woman and I am so proud to be your Mum! You bring sunshine into the life of everyone you meet and everyone you know XXXX

  4. I’m super excited to read your book, Harriet! It will be incredibly powerful for others to learn from your story. I am so proud of you.

  5. Hi Harriet,

    This is very exciting news! You are amazing and are (regardless of your gait) a graceful and beautiful young woman.

    Cheryl aka Mrs. Geddert

  6. Harriet,we remember seeing you in that hospital bed just hours after your terrible accident.Today,the steps you have taken to recovery,are nothing less than truly remarkable.Your tenacity and determination are why your recovery has worked for you,and of course,having a mother and father like Dawn and Simon is a blessing for you.We love you,and we can’t wait to read your story.
    Uncle Andy&Aunty Sue.

  7. So proud of you Harriet! You are an inspiration to all and your outlook on life is amazing. You’ve touched my life and taught me so much. I’m blessed to know you!!

  8. Harriet ~ you have never ceased to amaze me! I am so proud of you. I am really looking forward to following your journey and reading your book (and eventually reading it to other teenagers @ our School to encourage and inspire them through their recovery!!!!)

  9. Dear Harriet,
    Your story will mean so much to so many people and families who are going through what you and your family went through. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    Barbara Webster-Evans

  10. I’ve worked for a company that celebrates life as every blue box may represent smiles, tears or laughter. The day I met you at Tiffany was the day you brought a gift to my world. Gifts don’t always come in blue boxes. Thank you again for yours wrapped up in unconditional love for life and all that surrounds it.

  11. Harriet,
    Though I met you only briefly on the plane home from the UK, I can see you’re very inspiring to others. Great to see how you turned your life around, and now living a good life. You and your partner make a nice couple.
    All the Best.

  12. Harriet, I just read about you in the paper. You are an inspiration. Congratulations on all your hard work. Good luck on the book. I look forward to reading it.

  13. Hi Harriet we have a lot in common both born in England, I was hit by a car , concussion, hip knee and ankle injury. We both live in White Rock South Surrey . area.I am still in recovery. Take Care you don’t know how much you have lifted my sprits

  14. Harriet, you are a survivor! Your story brought tears to my eyes. You are a role model to us all, especially parents, to remind us, never give up on our children! Thank you.

  15. Harriet, I knew as soon as I saw your picture in the Peace Arch News who you were, and I certainly remember your Mom. I was in treatment with Cynthia Wilson at the old Neuro-ability site on W Broadway for 2 years after my own event. When I first saw you there you made me cry. How such a lovely young lady could be in such physical distress was beyond my comprehension. Your desire to retrieve your life and move forward is significant of your inner strength and ability. Shine on for those who can’t, as I do everything possible for those who didn’t have my chance and fortune.

  16. Harriet, you have been an amazing young woman these past 7 years and we are all so proud to have you as part of the family. I wish Mum could read your book but I know she can see you now. Lots of love, lisa and the boys x x x x

  17. Harriet and Dawn, Wow! I am so thrilled to see that Harriet has written a book and look forward to reading it. You were both such lovely women, and I feel fortunate to have met you both.

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