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COFFEE with the AUTHORS

To the Abyss by Rachel Paverman

SELECTION BY BIAAZ STAFF MEMBER:
Suzy Albanese, OTR/L • Resource Facilitation Specialist &
Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Saturday, February 25th  10:00 AM (AZ/MST)

REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY 2/24 @ NOON

To the Abyss

At age 25, Rachel Paverman was living a healthy and normal life, flourishing in her young career, and traveling the world. Suddenly, her world came crashing down when a cavernous malformation was detected on her brainstem, which bled and caused her to have a stroke. She underwent three risky brainstem craniotomies in a four-month period to remove the lesion, suffering multiple additional strokes in between her surgeries. Afterwards, she was left with a multitude of challenges that would change her young life forever. Then came the start of the COVID pandemic which further delayed her rehabilitation process. That was when she began writing her story down and documenting her recovery.

This optimistic, humorous, yet serious memoir follows Rachel’s experiences as she struggles through and ultimately overcomes her new challenges. Through it all, Rachel learns that life is a blessing that should never be taken for granted.

Rachel Paverman

Author

Rachel Paverman

Author

Born and raised in New Jersey, Rachel Paverman graduated from Montclair State University with a BS in sports, events, and tourism marketing. She is inspired by hearing other people’s stories and wants to share her own. One of her greatest motivations is getting better for those who were not granted the chance to. Rachel’s hobbies include exercising, DIYing, cooking, watching New York Giant football, volunteering, and exploring the Jersey shore for the best coffee shops and beaches.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Rachel Paverman graduated from Montclair State University with a BS in sports, events, and tourism marketing. She is inspired by hearing other people’s stories and wants to share her own. One of her greatest motivations is getting better for those who were not granted the chance to. Rachel’s hobbies include exercising, DIYing, cooking, watching New York Giant football, volunteering, and exploring the Jersey shore for the best coffee shops and beaches.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Rachel Paverman graduated from Montclair State University with a BS in sports, events, and tourism marketing. She is inspired by hearing other people’s stories and wants to share her own. One of her greatest motivations is getting better for those who were not granted the chance to. Rachel’s hobbies include exercising, DIYing, cooking, watching New York Giant football, volunteering, and exploring the Jersey shore for the best coffee shops and beaches.

Suzy Albanese, OTR/L

Resource Facilitation Specialist & Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Suzy Albanese, OTR/L

Resource Facilitation Specialist & Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Staff recommendation:

As a clinician, I’m familiar with reviewing medical charts and understanding the continuum of care that’s likely to occur post brain injury. It’s tempting to assume you can sum up someone’s experience by reading about it in a medical document. But, this leaves out the most important factor: the human experience.

Rachel’s book, To The Abyss, shares an insider view of a young woman faced with unfathomable medical complexities after a cavernous malformation diagnosis. She spares no details, and allows you to go through the turbulent journey with her. Rachel sharing her unique, but not quite uncommon experience, gives those who understand a place to feel heard, and those who don’t, a chance to learn.

Staff recommendation:

As a clinician, I’m familiar with reviewing medical charts and understanding the continuum of care that’s likely to occur post brain injury. It’s tempting to assume you can sum up someone’s experience by reading about it in a medical document. But, this leaves out the most important factor: the human experience.

Rachel’s book, To The Abyss, shares an insider view of a young woman faced with unfathomable medical complexities after a cavernous malformation diagnosis. She spares no details, and allows you to go through the turbulent journey with her. Rachel sharing her unique, but not quite uncommon experience, gives those who understand a place to feel heard, and those who don’t, a chance to learn.

Staff recommendation:

As a clinician, I’m familiar with reviewing medical charts and understanding the continuum of care that’s likely to occur post brain injury. It’s tempting to assume you can sum up someone’s experience by reading about it in a medical document. But, this leaves out the most important factor: the human experience.

Rachel’s book, To The Abyss, shares an insider view of a young woman faced with unfathomable medical complexities after a cavernous malformation diagnosis. She spares no details, and allows you to go through the turbulent journey with her. Rachel sharing her unique, but not quite uncommon experience, gives those who understand a place to feel heard, and those who don’t, a chance to learn.

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