The Game of Life: To Inspire, Give Hope and Strength (published by AuthorHouse), by Yana Dee, is a poetry collection that offers hope and encouragement to those in the midst of their own daily struggles.
After surviving a traumatic brain injury and waking up after a coma Dee had subsequent surgeries due to shunt malfunctions, severe pain and neurological problems resulting from the high pressure hydrocephalus, Dee began writing again and found a strength in her poetry that she could never have imagined. She entered the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she shared her poetry with others. She soon realized, after putting tears in the eyes of her readers, that her poetry touched the soul.
Throughout her hardships, Dee has chosen to not just survive, but to thrive. As she notes in the poem My Bubble:
I still have the choice,
To put my hands up,
And surrender my soul.
But I wont let it go!
As September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, Dees heartfelt story of survival is all the more pertinent. Knowing first-hand the extreme pain associated with hydrocephalus, Dee has channeled her agony into art.
Encompassing joy, fear, desperation and, ultimately, hope, Dees The Game of Life speaks to survivors in all walks of life.