BETHEL — Kitty Chadbourne of Cumberland will speak at the next meeting of Down Home Maine, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Bethel Congregational Church, Church Street. She and her husband, Ted, are former residents of Bethel.
Chadbourne will give an account of the serious brain injury she suffered in a 1990 bicycle accident and her nearly two-decade recovery process. Although she doesn’t recall the accident, she does recall the struggles and the triumphs of the road back to recovery.
She documented her recovery through journals that led to the writing of her book, “Parenting Myself: Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury.” The book tracks her progress from the first days following the accident, when she returned home with no idea of what to expect and few resources for handling brain injuries, to her recovery.
Experts in the field of traumatic brain injury have praised her work as a resource for many people, including thousands of veterans returning from the war with traumatic brain injury who could benefit from the tips and the sense of hope that Chadbourne offers.
Chadbourne will read from sections of her book, discuss issues presented in it and be available to answer questions. She will also have copies of her book available for purchase.
Down Home Maine is sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College to focus on unique and creative Maine people and the contributions they make to the people of Maine. The program encourages discussion and refreshments are provided.
The public is invited and admission is free. Donations are accepted to offset Senior College expenses. For more information, contact Peter Gartner at 665-2181.