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On the Air: Brain Injury Radio Interview with Christian Jungersen author of “You Disappear”

On the Air: Brain Injury Radio

Interview with Christian Jungersen

author of “You Disappear”

images-1IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of technical difficulties with sound, the interview starts at 14:20. Just drag the audio to that spot and start listening.

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You Disappear by Christian Jungersen

Folks, I had an amazing interview with Christian Jungersen, author of “You Disappear.” Christian’s story jumps on the rollercoaster life of a man who has a brain injury. Frederik’s slow-growing tumor is wreaking havoc in his and his family’s life. The book is a great read. The interview is a great listen. Don’t miss out on either.

Christian’s very poised and professional interview was conducted at 2:00 to 3:30 am from his home in Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Christian Jungersen

You can get to the interview by clicking the link. (Wait a few seconds for the audio to start.) Because of technical difficulties with sound, the interview starts at 14:20. Just drag the audio to that spot and start listening.

If you missed the show, don’t fret. You can always listen to the archived show. I’ve included the link below.

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REMEMBER: Because of technical difficulties with sound, the interview starts at 14:20. Just drag the audio to that spot and start listening.

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Interview with Christian Jungersen

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“Another Fork in the Road” . . . Brain Injury Radio Network Interview with Christian Jungersen, author of “You Disappear”

YOU ARE INVITED!

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Christian Jungersen, author of “You Disappear” takes his readers on the twisted journey of Frederick, a headmaster at a prestigious school; Mia, his wife and a reputable schoolteacher; and their teenage son, Niklas as they are caught in the web of brain injury.

 

Come One! Come ALL!

What:        Interview with Christian Jungersen, author of “You Disappear”

Why:        Hear Christian talk about his book, “You Disappear” and take a glimpse into the life of a TBI Survivor and his family as they maneuver through the TBI maze.

You Disappear by Christian Jungersen

You Disappear
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Where:     Brain Injury Radio Network

When:       Sunday, December 7, 2014 (Special Announcement: It’s my birthday. Bring thumbnail-1

Time:         5:00p PT (6:00p MT, 7:00p CT, and 8:00p ET) 90 minute show

How:         Click: Brain Injury Radio Network

Call In:    424-243-9540

Call In:     855-473-3711 toll free in USA

Call In:    202-559-7907 free outside US

or SKYPE

If you miss the show, but would like to still hear the interview, you can access the archive on On Demand listening. The archived show will be available after the show both on the Brain Injury Radio Network site and on my blog in “On the Air.”

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Brain Injury Resources “You Disappear”

“You Disappear” by Christian Jungersen

(Insight Into the World of Brain Damage)

reviewed by

Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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You Disappear by Christian Jungersen

As anyone who has had a brain injury and his or her caregiver know, life is forever altered. It will never be the same. Christian Jungersen takes his readers on the twisted journey of Frederick, a headmaster at a prestigious school; Mia, his wife and a reputable schoolteacher; and their teenage son, Niklas. Unlike many brain injuries that occur by an impact, an accident, or a hemorrhage, Frederick’s brain “injury” evolved over time, changing his personality bit by bit. Mia slowly noticed inexplicable changes in her husband. Talking too loud and eating too much were just two of the little signs that were manifested as Frederick’s brain changed. While on a vacation in Majorca, Frederick drove unusually erratically and dangerously. His driving caused their rental car to scrape a stone cliff. When Frederick, in a crazed state, jumped from the car, fell down a hillside, and woke in the local hospital, he was forced to seek help, and the mystery of his strange behavior is unveiled.

Once Frederick is diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor, his aberrant behavior becomes more understandable, but not excusable. As is the case for many brain-injured persons, Frederick’s behavior hampered his decision–making process. Frederick illegally took large sums of money from his school, causing the school to become bankrupt and Frederick to lose the respect and friendship of many people, including his chairman and close friend, Laust. Eventually Frederick, while seeking help, loses his job and faces a possible prison sentence.

Mia fondly remembers the years before the change in Frederick. She remembers the love they shared. She does what she can to help him, but his deviant and erratic behavior makes living with him difficult. Finally, Mia seeks help and companionship with a local brain-injury support group, where she meets Bernard, who not only becomes Frederick’s attorney, but also a “special” friend to Mia.

As Christian Jungersen so aptly states, “As any family member of someone with brain damage knows, the hard part isn’t the initial shock. The hard part comes when the adrenalin recedes and you have to set out down the endless gray corridor of disheartening days, days that look like they’ll last the rest of your life.”

As the caregiver for my husband, who has a traumatic brain injury, I understand Jungersen’s words completely. The adrenalin gets you through the early surgeries and the beginning days in the hospital. It may even carry you through the weeks in the rehabilitation facility. But the adrenalin-rush ends, and “real life” sets in when the caregiver brings the survivor home. That’s when the realization occurs that life will never be the same as it was. The survivor will never be the same as before, and neither will the caregiver. Brain damage has a way of changing the normal. That’s when the survivor and caregiver realize that the journey through the brain-damage maze has just started. They eventually realize that it has no end. Once brain damage comes to stay, it can tear families apart. But, it can also make families stronger, as they pull together to overcome the trials of brain injury.

In “You Disappear,” Jungersen portrays how one family finds their world breaking up. Will they find enough glue to repair it?

 

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