We’ve all experienced, at one time or another, the slight mockeries of the brain-damaged. In our current society, they have, unfortunately, become society’s disturbed—victims in a silent war raged against a terrifying illness. Yet, our warnings persist, “Don’t stare at that person,” as the wheelchair-bound patient with slurred speech passes us by.
With over four decades of experience as a medical speech-language pathologist, author Lydia Winslow has made it her life’s focus to assist this group of ever-misunderstood people in their quest for development, independence, patience, and fortitude.
Some of My Best Friends Are Brain Damaged elevates the reader’s heart to an understanding place, where IQ scores are no longer the standard of understanding and our focus may turn unflinchingly toward humanity’s most notable expression…love.
“Can you imagine yourself ending, not in death but forever changed? That some of my best friends are brain damaged is a fact. These people are forever changed. Befriending each of them has changed me.”
“Ms. Winslow has crossed the hearts of ordinary individuals with the finely tuned words of a grateful poet,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Her charm, wit, and tender heart leap from the pages in this rare exchange of human emotions.”
After graduating from New York University and City University of New York, Lydia Winslow settled into an externship program at the New York, V.A. Hospital. Afterwards, she would go on to hold a position at a prestigious rehabilitation center in Westchester County and then on to a variety of state psychiatric hospitals and group homes for the multiply handicapped, both in prison and in long-term acute care hospitals. Ms. Winslow cherishes the time she has had with every patient and describes them as “excellent tutors.”