Unthinkable: A Mother's Tragedy, Terror and Triumph through a Child's Traumatic Brain Injury

ISBN: 978-1-932279-37-5
224 Pages, .5.5 x 8.5
$17.99 Paperback
Pub Date: January, 2010

“A story of hope and patience that will help others confronting unimagined challenges.”
— Joel Herskowitz, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, Boston University School of Medicine

“…important for clinicians who treat patients with neurological injuries, like TBI, as well as for the families who have been touched by it, to remind us that the power of family can be the best medicine.”
— Lisa Brown, Physical Therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital–Boston


Dixie Coskie

Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie is a mother, writer, public speaker, fundraiser, and advocate for children and the disabled. She is a sought-after inspirational speaker for schools, camps, head injury programs, trauma centers, and pediatric cancer units. Her experience—with a personal perspective on the reality, the consequences, and survival of traumatic injury and illness—offers comfort and hope to others facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Dixie lives in Upton, a country suburb of Boston, with her husband and eight awesome children.



“Dixie inspires you to live life to the fullest, to fight for faith in the midst of unthinkable tragedy, and, above all, to never underestimate the power of love.”
— Katrin Schumann, co-author of Mothers Need Time Outs, Too (McGraw-Hill)

First shocked with horror and despair after her son’s traumatic brain injury, Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie and her family grow to find hope, healing, and even greater love.

Dixie’s narrative of how she came to appreciate the simplest of things—when her son is able to blink his eyelids, lift his finger, utter a word—is powerfully moving. It will bring you into a realm where body, mind, and spirit are pushed to their limits.

Unthinkable is about perseverance, filled with universal lessons of struggle and triumph. Dixie follows each chapter of the harrowing journey with vital insights to assist others through their tragedies.

Powerful tips and tools to help any parent faced with a child’s traumatic injury or illness.