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DORA CAMP — About the Author

Dora Camp was an account manager at Pacific Bell until she retired. Six years later, her husband, Norman, a retired naval officer, suffered a severe heart attack. The stoppage of his heart caused a loss of oxygen to Norm’s brain, resulting in a devastating brain injury. Norm lost the most basic skills — he couldn’t speak, eat, walk, read, or bathe.

Determined to help him recover, Dora expanded her role from devoted wife to full-time caregiver. She spent seven years working with Norm, learning firsthand what worked and what didn’t.

Dora also founded Brainstormers- ABI Support, Inc., a model support group for brain-injured persons and their families. Brainstormers-ABI Support, which she also facilitates, has recently become a nonprofit organization, enabling it to receive donations and grants.

In recognition of Dora’s work in the ABI community, the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association gave her its Public Service Award. Dora Camp continues to create new possibilities for individuals with ABI.


Acclaim for Brainstorming — "Dora has a visceral understanding of loss without death. She has paved the way for thousands who live with brain-injured loved ones to find their way – while serving as a role model for preservation of the marriage vow, "In sickness and in health."

— Rev. Alice Parsons Zulli, CGC, CT, Clinical Thanatologist

"Brainstorming", will certainly be an invaluable source of information, not only for patients who have experienced such a life – changing event but also their families. I wish you continued success in helping to bring attention to the needs of this underserved population.

— H. Richard Adams, M.D., Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group

"In her outstanding book, Dora Camp chronicles the ordeal of helping her husband rehabilitate from a near fatal brain injury. Dora turned this tragedy into a triumph of new life and meaning for Norm, for herself, and for the countless individuals and families she has touched through her selfless service and her support group 'Brainstormers.' As a speech-language pathologist in the ABI support group at Pasadena City College, I have been privileged to know and work with both Norm and Dora. This is a must-read book, not just for those whose lives have been touched by brain injury, but for everyone."

— Rosemary Scott, MA-CCC

"I was moved by the determined love that motivated Dora Camp’s experience and writing. This is a good book for anyone in a similar situation."

— Peter Glusker, M.D., FACP, Neurology and Sleep Disorders Medicine

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