Many of us may be faced with multiple disasters in rapid succession—devastating injury,
severe illness, the collapse of a long marriage—and somehow endure. Some of
us can, in the long journey of recovery, not only survive but become more than what we were before tragedy struck.
And a few of us not only survive with our spirit more vital than ever, but discover in ourselves a voice and the
capacity to share that experience in a way which can be a beacon and guide to those caught in the struggle to rebuild a
shattered life. Tricia Long is one of these.
Today, Tricia is a counselor and advocate for troubled children, a therapist, teacher, lecturer, and author. But for several years following a terrible fall in 1999, Tricia was none of these things: in the aftermath of her accident she found herself deprived of almost all cognitive skills. She struggled with exhaustion, with vanished memory, with physical debility, with the inability to perform even the most basic skills, and with despair. Diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), she fell into a long twilight world in which hope itself seemed vanquished. For Tricia, for her husband, her children and her friends it seemed that the vibrant, capable and generous woman they had known and loved might be lost forever. After four years of recovery came further challenges: breast cancer, and then, the more common but no less painful blow of divorce.
Before the accident in 1999, Tricia was a psychotherapist in private practice, an adjunct college professor, and