Shireen Jeejeebhoy

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About Shireen Jeejeebhoy

I am a Psychology Today blogger!

And on November 1, 2019, I begin my 11th NaNoWriMo!!

I've shared my post-brain injury life and learnings in my newest book Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me. Available everywhere! Become a Green Pencil patron and receive an ebook copy, free!

Aside from blogging on concussion aka brain injury, I write novels, poetry, essays, and this November, another play.

I am a NaNoWriMo fan. Every November, I hunker down with my fellow Wrimos and bang out a novel on my computer. Then I revise and stall because the next steps cost a lot of money. A good editor is worth paying for; marketing heavily is essential; but I've run out of funds to do so, and my stack of novels is growing beside my pile of unread plays as they wait to have the red pencil of an eagle-eyed editor go through them. And my published novels and non-fiction books are crying out for more marketing heft.

That's why I joined Patreon.

I need patrons like you to help me bring these novels to readers.

But there's another reason why I'm seeking patrons: to help people with brain injury.

I have a brain injury and the attention span of a gnat. Wait. Scratch that. I HAD the attention span of a gnat. But I found treatment after years of searching and voilà: attention span of an elephant.

I was in the middle of writing Lifeliner, a book about the first person in the world to live without eating, when bam! Two cars crashed into the back of the one I was innocently sitting in, writing a chapter in my head.

All the cats jumped off my sinking ship as various family, friends, spouse, income, hobbies, talents, skills vamoosed. The cats splashed away, tails spinning like whiptides to motor them from my changed personality, absent emotions, cobra-striking anger. I watched helplessly from the sinking aft of my ship, knowing I needed better than the pseudo-evidence-based strategies and symptom-managing-brain-worsening medications masking-as-treatment that we with brain injury and concussions are subjected to, to get back to writing.

I found better.

And then: I finished Lifeliner!

I relearnt my photography.

I wrote my first novel.

And more novels: an urban fantasy, a story for Wattpad readers all around the world, a time travel bouncing between Toronto futures, a thriller played out on Twitter.

In 2012, I wrote Concussion Is Brain Injury.

I was making my own way, finding and blogging about treatment that increased my energy bit by small bit, shot my emotions awake, snapped more and more dead neurons and flailing neural networks into life.

I wrote to breathe.

But the toll of fighting for limited health care; the relentless fatigue; my brain’s stubborn resistance to initiating and organizing; and worst of all PTSD slamming into me like a hockey enforcer in 2013, meant I had to make a choice: write or market.

I chose writing.

In 2016, goaded by my neurodoc and brain trainer, I put all my meagre energy into raising money through PubLaunch to publish an update to Concussion Is Brain Injury with the new subtitle Treating the Neurons and Me to distinguish it from the original. I wanted to not only share my story, messy bits and all, but also share useful, researched information on objective diagnostics and effective treatments because so few people know about them. I wanted to validate people's experiences, to tell them they are not alone.

Unfortunately, proofreading and marketing remained unfunded. Right after, I had eye surgery, expecting a 6-week recovery. Holy cow, the colours! The depth! Um, my brain no like the computer screen. How can I write my update?! You’ll get efficient proprioception and perception, my surgeon said. It’ll just take awhile.

Yeah . . . a few years and counting, like the early years after my brain injury.

But a few months after my surgery, I received therapeutic help to organize, structure, write, and edit my update. Yay! Somehow I found a way to publish it. And today it's out! But . . .

How to fund the marketing? How to let people know there is hope for brain injury treatment? How to edit, publish, and market the novels sitting on my hard drive, including the one I wrote in 2017 about a computer nerd's virtual reality becoming reality or my novel located on Twitter, literally? How to make multimedia ebooks? And sell my photography?

One day, scrolling through Twitter, I saw a tweet on Patreon by a fantasy writer I follow. Hey, that's it! Monthly support through fans like you, who want to see my art freed from my hard drive!!

What do you think? Would you like to come alongside me as I journey on through the hills and valleys of brain injury and writing books, raising me up more hills and flying me over the valleys?
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When I hit this goal, I'll be able to market my newest book Concussion Is Brain Injury to help as many people with brain injury find hope to heal.
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