Kara Swanson's Brain Injury Blog

August 16, 2018

Promise Kept

Filed under: Uncategorized — karaswanson @ 3:55 pm

Hi, everyone!  I’m so thrilled and delighted to be able to share that finally….no, FINALLY!!!!! I have managed to narrate and produce the original, “I’ll Carry the Fork!  Recovering a Life After Brain Injury!” as an audio book.  Hooray  :)))))

As a brain injury survivor, most of you can imagine the potential roadblocks in narrating a book for audio.  Trust me, I hit every one of them.  🙂

It’s hard for me to read on any given day, to myself, without having to speak the words and into a microphone, no less.  Ha.  When you write a book, you don’t realize how many edits you make and mistakes and fixes….When I started to actually read the book aloud, it became quite clear that this would be a great, great challenge.

Not only did I have to work around my own challenges in reading and focusing and staying on each line and not going flat with my affect, but I also had to learn the recording program, learn the sound engineering tools and then try to record it when my cats weren’t awake because they always thought I was talking to them and came running in to talk back.  Ha.

I also wanted to ensure that survivors like me would be able to follow my cadence and pace so I took great care to read it in a very measured way.   Clear and easy.

I promised this option to the book many years ago when I must have been high.  LOL.  No, really.  I was determined to provide this option for those of us who simply cannot read any longer.  I made a promise and I was soooo determined to keep it.


There was always the option to hire a professional narrator to handle the task but I sure wanted to do this with you and for you.   We’ve all come so far together and it felt really terrific to imagine actually spending time with you and telling my story in-person.

This is a gigantic personal achievement for me.  One that has taken many years, starting with a friend and I recording terrible versions onto homemade CDs.  And now this  :)))))

For those of you interested, you can get the audio book for free with a free trial.  It’s available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.  I think that, if you sign up for the free Audible trial membership and tell them it’s for this book, you can get the download free.  Hooray!!!

Anyway, excited to share.  Couldn’t wait to tell you.  I’m working on my other books now and it’s a new path for me.   Always a new path as we chisel out these lives of ours.  Always re-inventing, always trying new.   You and me.  Me and you.

Thanks for sharing my exciting news.  I couldn’t wait to share it.  Hope everyone is doing well.   Kara


  1. Yay!!!!! Excellence! You rock!

    Comment by morrowsue — August 16, 2018 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

    • Thank u so much :)))

      Comment by karaswanson — August 17, 2018 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  2. Such exciting news, Kara!🌷

    Comment by Sharon Lynn — August 16, 2018 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

    • Yayay thanx for sharing wit me 🙂

      Comment by karaswanson — August 17, 2018 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  3. Congratulations Kara on such a huge achievement. Your excitement is infectious and inspiring! ; )

    Comment by @ablanccanvas — August 16, 2018 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

    • And your comment really toucjed my jeart. Thank u.

      Comment by karaswanson — August 17, 2018 @ 8:24 am | Reply

      • And it touched my heart. Lol

        Comment by karaswanson — August 17, 2018 @ 8:26 am

  4. Kara, thank you and congratulations! You’re so wonderful! So kind and generous!

    Comment by Tanya — August 16, 2018 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • Tanya- thank u so much for yoir kind words 🙂

      Comment by karaswanson — August 17, 2018 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  5. Kara, that s a huge endeavor. You did it! Congratulations. I am so happy for you.

    Donna O’Donnell Figurski
    Author of “Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver’s Tale”

    Comment by donnaodonnellfigurski — August 18, 2018 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks so much. I appreciate it. 🙂

    Comment by karaswanson — August 22, 2018 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

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