TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE RESOURCES
Everyone’s recovery journey is different. Here are books, podcasts and organizations that helped Geralyn in her recovery and may help you.
My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.
JULIA ALVAREZ, CELEBRATED
BOOKS – SURVIVOR STORIES
A Whole New Life
New York: Scribner, 1982
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
New York: Random House, 2018
In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids
New York: HarperCollins, 2019
COLLEEN KELLY ALEXANDER
Gratitude in Motion
New York: Hachette, 2018
The Long Run
New York: Rodale Books, 2011
BOOKS – JOY AND HEALING
BSTAN-’DZIN-RGYA-MTSHO, DALAI LAMA XIV, DESMOND TUTU, DOUGLAS ABRAMS
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
New York: Avery, 2016
BOOKS – THE SCIENCE OF TRAUMA, PAIN AND RESILIENCE
Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience
New York: Norton, 2012
The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering
New York: Picador, 2010
BESSEL VAN DER KOLK
The Body Keeps the Score
New York: Viking, 2014
Prosilience: Building your Resilience for a Turbulent World
Data Press, 2017
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
Geralyn wrote her memoir, Bone by Bone, in hopes of helping other survivors of traumatic injury—as well as their families and caregivers. Inspired by her own feelings of loneliness during her recovery and efforts to connect with other survivors, Geralyn shares her story as a deeply personal attempt to salvage a shred of something positive from the disaster. Her lessons learned during an arduous recovery are inspiring and told with both honesty and humility. She is unique in her ability to find humor in even the darkest situations and to highlight some of the absurdities of the medical and insurance system that survivors of complex trauma must navigate.