Kara Swanson's Brain Injury Blog

October 10, 2016

Exciting News To Share

Filed under: Uncategorized — karaswanson @ 7:53 am

I haven’t written a new blog entry in a couple of months.  I couldn’t wait to share the news of what I’ve been doing lately…

Over all these years, people have continued to write to me to ask that I have Fork reprinted and to release new material.  After my publisher sold her business, I never seemed to have the money to reprint Fork and I was content with my blog interactions with all of you and with how I was moving my life away from my injury.

This year is the twentieth anniversary of the car crash that caused my brain injury.  With congratulations came another new round of requests that I re-release Fork and, for the first time in many years, I decided to take a peek.

I thought it might be cool to re-release it with a new chapter celebrating these last twenty years.  I’ve learned so much from my own journey and from what you have shared from yours.

I started to type a little and was moved at how warm it felt to return and how excited I felt to share it all with you.

You and me.  Me and you.  We have been on this journey together, many for a long time.  For all the blog comments stating that they were so grateful to have found this place, I was always just as grateful to welcome another person who, more often times than not, taught me just as much.

Because I cannot seem to stop writing once I get going, that anniversary chapter ended up being almost book-length and we decided to allow it to stand on its own.

Fork has had a baby.  :))))

I wrote it, not just with you in mind, but with you in it.  Every page is inspired by, not just my journey but all of ours.  Our struggles and triumphs and all the issues we have raised and shared and vented about here.

I hope you’ll check it out.  I didn’t write it because I am extraordinary.  I wrote it because you are.  Because I have found such remarkable people in this community who continue to brave odds and beat odds and soar every day.

I’m going to try and paste the link below.  If it doesn’t connect, you can find it on Amazon.  We made the font large and the borders big enough for notes (people asked for that).  We took out all the frills so we could keep the price modest and deliver a clean read.  I’m really excited to share it with you and I hope you will find your wonderful place inside.

This is not just to you from me.  This is to us from us.  This is twenty years of all of us and how we battle this injury every day.

I love you guys and I have appreciated your voices, your sharing courage and your stories of every success and adversity.  I’m excited to introduce Fork’s new baby.  :)))))))))

I thought you might be interested in this page from Amazon.
I’ll Carry the Fork! The 20th Anniversary Chapter
by Kara L. Swanson
  Learn more  


  1. What an exciting blog post to see first thing in the morning! I am so happy, for you, for this community, and for the people who don’t yet know the struggle we face. I passed my eBay copy around to my family members after my TBI nearly eight years ago, and it really helped them understand the gravity of our situation. I say our because it most certainly affected their lives, too. Thank you for giving me hope and humor when it seemed like neither were feasible. I’ve got Fork baby fever!

    Vanessa Aleji

    Comment by vanessaaleji2958 — October 10, 2016 @ 8:51 am | Reply

    • Fork Baby fever, Vanessa!!!! Big smiles here. You made my day. Thank you. xo

      Comment by karaswanson — October 10, 2016 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  2. I look forward to reading your book. The first Fork helped me beyond words. I’m going on 15th year anniversary.

    Comment by Natalie DeLuca — October 10, 2016 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

    • Well, Natalie, you have rocked this injury life for a long stretch too. What a great celebration for all of us and I’m so glad you are a part of it. :)))) Kara

      Comment by karaswanson — October 10, 2016 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Kara, your blog is really great to read. I’m a TBI researcher and have started an online resource called TBITalk (www.tbitalk.org.uk), on which I (and other researchers) write about current TBI research and ‘hot topics’. It’s aimed at TBI survivors, their families and anyone else that’s interested. I’m trying to make it as accessible as possible. I’d really value your opinion and comments on how could make it more useful and accessible 🙂 Thank you! Lucia

    Comment by Lucia — October 15, 2016 @ 9:39 am | Reply

    • Hey Lucia!!! Congratulations and thanks so much for your work on our behalf. :))) It’s always so helpful when we can find all our tools in one tool box. I’ll bet your site will really help a bunch of people.
      My advice would be to make sure your font is big and clear. To keep the site clean from flashing, blinking things. Maybe make your sections separate and easy to find at the top: survivors, caregivers, professionals, library of resources, etc.
      The tools of the Internet are so advanced and fun but, for many of us, they become distracting and frustrating. I remember, many years ago, going through every state’s BIA site here in the U.S. and, to many, sending a note to plead that they make their font larger and cleaner. It was designed to look cool and it was fun for people without BI but maddening for those they really were trying to help.
      Best Wishes to you and to your crew trying to help out there. Many many thanks from all of us. 🙂 Kara

      Comment by karaswanson — October 15, 2016 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  4. Hello Kara you words truly are deep and I understand them all to well. Many of the things you say are exactly how I feel. Like the waiting for the bus. Or maybe one day I will just get up and walk. You have made me feel like I’m not the only one. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Paula Bednjak — January 27, 2017 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

    • Hi Paula! Glad you wrote. Welcome here! No, you are not nearly the only one. We are a unique community that reaches to every city and hamlet the world over. We all cheer for each other. We cheer for you. Best wishes, always. Kara

      Comment by karaswanson — January 28, 2017 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  5. Happy to say that the Windsor Public Library over in Ontario will be ordering copy of your book.

    Comment by Cynthia Eagan — April 6, 2017 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • Well, Cynthia Eagan, I am entirely honored. Thank you so so much. :))))))) Kara

      Comment by karaswanson — April 7, 2017 @ 6:53 am | Reply

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