A Cranbrook woman’s wrenching journey from near death through incapacitation and despair to victory and hope has been detailed in a newly released book.
And Jennifer De Pippo will be making an appearance this upcoming weekend with “An Unexpected Miracle: Conquering Brain Injury.”
De Pippo suffered a brain injury in a devastating car accident in her childhood — her memoir takes us along with from this event, to her eventual emergence from from a coma, to a long, painful period of rehabilitation.
De Pippo’s complicated program of therapy is an exercise in being reborn — which means relearning to live in the physical sense. We follow her on a powerful and painful evolution, reading reports of her medical progress as if they were our own. Discharged back into life, De Pippo sets out to reclaim her emotional life — not just learning to live in her new state of being, but learning to exist in an often harsh world of people unlike her, dealing with anxiety, depression and the differences that set her apart.
But through perservence, determination, and with support, De Pippo takes to where she is going — to live a simple life; to enjoy what life has to offer. And we find how she in tends to keep pushing herself to find every joy that life has to offer. — in a most remarkable fashion.
Today Jennifer is continuing to amaze other people with her skills, and she is training to make the Canadian Swimming Paralympic Team. She has her mind set on bringing home a medal. This book inspires readers to never give up hope: Anything is possible if there is a will.
Jennifer will be appearing at Coles bookstore in the Tamarack Centre Mall on Saturday, April 5, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Cranbrook Public Library