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Publisher's Summary

In this darkly comic memoir, a young woman recounts the steps she took to rebuild her sense of self in the aftermath of two devastating strokes that robbed her of her ability to communicate.

Nina Mitchell was an accomplished Harvard graduate whose world changed forever when her facility with language - and much of her personality - disappeared. Lacking the tools to navigate her old life, Nina was forced to create another one. In After Words, she shares her remarkable journey as she slowly reclaims the power to converse, write, assert her identity, and to be herself - with words.

Nina Mitchell’s After Words is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives - from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Nina Mitchell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc. all rights reserved.

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  • JTS
  • 10-07-2019

real life trials and tribulations

it doesn't happen to most people but for the select population that is Young and vibrant and lives through a debilitating medical situation like a stroke, it can be very frustrating. This is a very nice true to life story of someone who is experiencing that loss of words and Monumental change of life after such an event. Reeder was phenomenal.

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  • Elizabeth Flores
  • 08-05-2019

Entertaining and informative

Miss Mitchell shares her painful story in a funny, heartwarming way. The struggles of having a stroke are much clearer, and her determination is inspiring!

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  • Managing Director
  • 20-02-2019

A true journey

If reading a book is going on a journey for you, this is a really interesting one that inspires compassion and empathy and gratitude!!! Great read!!!

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  • flutterby
  • 13-01-2019

an eye-opener

I never guessed the struggle a stroke victim may endure to communicate with those people they care about or the world in general.

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  • Nana Peggy
  • 11-12-2018

new ways to think..before, during &after a stroke

The story was very informative about the struggles a stroke victim's suffering while recovering from it. most interesting to hear and learn

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  • Carole Williams
  • 15-10-2018

Too short

I finished this brief presentation wanting oh so much more. The story of stroke recovery was compelling and informative.

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  • gsmithesq54
  • 16-09-2018

Excellent and engrossing story!

I really enjoyed listening to this riveting and engaging book while on my daily walk.

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  • Debbie
  • 20-03-2021

Funny, but Not Funny Short on Aphasia

This short listen is very interesting . . . and frightening. Be aware that it is full of foul language, but not just for the fun of it. This young woman suffered two strokes and nearly died, barely coming back from the edge of death, learning to walk, talk and LIVE again. I have a little knowledge of this, as my husband worked with an ex-police officer (swat team) who was shot twice with a 44 magnum during a hostage situation. This wonderful man also nearly died and many, many years later still suffers from aphasia, after having recovered some of his faculties. Skunk is still "snake" to him, and there are many such strange (to us) incidences. Nina Mitchell's experience, harrowing, courageous and eventually victorious is one to listen to and think about. Most would not have the guts to fight to regain ground, an inch at a time, as she did. Most could not learn eventually to laugh at the horror of the situation, still desire complete independence and continue their education and career. I say to her: BRAVO, young woman! Good for you! And thank you for sharing your story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2020

Quick short story

Interesting read on someone's struggle to overcome. I enjoyed getting to see this from her perspective.

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  • S. Kohlert
  • 26-08-2019

Enjoyed It

Short and to the point, an interesting story about a young woman's struggle to overcome a stroke. She shared some frustrations and struggles in an open and compelling short story.

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