Losing Face: A Memoir of Lost Identity and Self-Discovery

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9780473289102: Losing Face: A Memoir of Lost Identity and Self-Discovery

When Kathy Torpie glanced in the mirror on her way out the door one night, she had no way of knowing that this would be the last time she would ever see her familiar reflection. On her way home that night her car was hit head on by a drunk driver at high speed. With broken limbs and a shattered facial skeleton, this physically active, fiercely independent woman woke up in an intensive care unit on life support. Physically helpless and emotionally vulnerable, her life depended on strangers who spoke in a language she didn’t understand and who knew her only as the ‘multi trauma’.

Losing Face; A Memoir of Lost Identity and Self Discovery is the story of a woman who loses all of the anchors she relied on for her identity when, in an instant, her facial skeleton is shattered and her limbs are so badly broken that she is rendered immobile. It takes much longer to break, and then rebuild, her spirit. Over the course of several years and dozens of re-constructive surgeries, she learns to transform profound loss into a deep connection with her authentic self in a journey of self discovery.

Losing Face offers a deeply intimate view of the patient experience - one that is often hidden by more visible physical trauma - while exploring issues of personal identity and the 'faces' we so convincingly wear and come to believe in.

*Patients feel validated, understood, and inspired.

*Family members are better able to provide understanding and support.

*Healthcare professionals get a deeply intimate view of the patient experience and the importance of relating to patients as unique individuals.

*Anyone experiencing a life changing loss will discover that even the most traumatic losses create a space for new experiences and growth.

“This should be a recommended read for every medical and allied health science student and any medical professional who works with trauma patients”

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About the Author:

Kathy Torpie is a psychologist living in New Zealand and a multi-trauma patient with experience at most levels of healthcare. Since the first edition of this book was published by Harper Collins in 2005, she has delivered keynote presentations to thousands of healthcare leaders and clinicians around the world based on her patient experiences, professional insights, and evidence drawn from scientific and organizational research. She has since acquired full worldwide rights to the book which is now available in print on demand and in digital format on line.

Kathy is a member of:

·The Beryl Institute Speakers Bureau

·The Beryl Institute Global Patient and Family Advisory Council

·Hearts in Healthcare

As a patient representative she previously held the following positions:

·Steering Committee Member: Policy and Advocacy Committee, ACHSM (Australasian College Of Health Services Managers), 2012 – August 2013

·Steering Committee Member - Optimizing the Patient Journey Project, New Zealand Ministry of Health, June 2008 – March 2010

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