CAMP About the Author
Dora Camp was an account manager at Pacific Bell until she retired.
Six years later, her husband, Norman, a retired naval officer, suffered
a severe heart attack. The stoppage of his heart caused a loss of oxygen
to Norms brain, resulting in a devastating brain injury. Norm lost
the most basic skills he couldnt speak, eat, walk, read,
Determined to help him recover, Dora expanded her role from devoted wife
to full-time caregiver. She spent seven years working with Norm, learning
firsthand what worked and what didnt.
Dora also founded Brainstormers-
ABI Support, Inc., a model support group for brain-injured persons
and their families. Brainstormers-ABI Support, which she also facilitates,
has recently become a nonprofit organization, enabling it to receive donations
In recognition of Doras work in the ABI community, the California
Speech-Language-Hearing Association gave her its Public Service
Award. Dora Camp continues to create new possibilities for individuals
Acclaim for Brainstorming "Dora
has a visceral understanding of loss without death. She has paved the
way for thousands who live with brain-injured loved ones to find their
way while serving as a role model for preservation of the marriage
vow, "In sickness and in health."
Rev. Alice Parsons Zulli, CGC, CT, Clinical Thanatologist
"Brainstorming", will certainly be an invaluable source
of information, not only for patients who have experienced such a life
changing event but also their families. I wish you continued
success in helping to bring attention to the needs of this underserved
H. Richard Adams, M.D., Rehabilitation Associates Medical
"In her outstanding book, Dora Camp chronicles the ordeal
of helping her husband rehabilitate from a near fatal brain injury.
Dora turned this tragedy into a triumph of new life and meaning for
Norm, for herself, and for the countless individuals and families she
has touched through her selfless service and her support group 'Brainstormers.'
As a speech-language pathologist in the ABI support group at Pasadena
City College, I have been privileged to know and work with both Norm
and Dora. This is a must-read book, not just for those whose lives have
been touched by brain injury, but for everyone."
Rosemary Scott, MA-CCC
"I was moved by the determined love that motivated Dora
Camps experience and writing. This is a good book for anyone in
a similar situation."
Peter Glusker, M.D., FACP, Neurology and Sleep Disorders Medicine
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