Life-affirming Story of Disability

Author: AuthorHouse
Published: 2010/03/16
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Disability gave me the elusive goal of making myself whole once more.


New Nonfiction Shares Life-affirming Story of Disability - Rick Fernandez Offers His Own Story of Living with Mental Disability, Advice for Others.

Main Digest

Author Rick Fernandez never realized how much he had to live for until he nearly had his life ripped away from him. Now, in his new collection of memoirs, "An Uncharted Desert Isle" (published by AuthorHouse), he shares the story of the tragic car accident that left him severely brain damaged and his courageous journey back to life with the help of family and friends.

At age 18, Fernandez was going nowhere fast, experimenting with drugs, alcohol and sex and cultivating an attitude that hedonistically avoided the pursuit of any responsibility. His careless attitude towards life resulted in a devastating car accident, 67 days in the hospital in a coma, and four months of rehabilitation before release.

But Fernandez counts his blessings and gives thanks to those who truly aided him in his time of need. He believes that, by aligning himself with the right group of people, he actually could facilitate a rebirth of his spirit and a renewal of purpose in his life. In discussing his fortuitous accident and his new positive outlook, Fernandez writes:

To me, brain damage has been a wonderful thing. It taught me so much more than if I would have never acquired this disability. My disability separated me from many of the factors that would have brought me down. Ironically, disability has introduced me to the real me. I was more disabled before my head injury. Let me repeat that. I was more disabled before my head injury. Disability gave me the elusive goal of making myself whole once more. It is fun and rewarding to thwart something as powerful as a severe head injury.

There is good for everyone through proper rehabilitations. I don't waste time in grief. What's gone is gone. I work on things that I find productive. In the same vein, this country should spend more time and money rearing its children rather than squandering it on relics of the past. This head injury has rendered the ability to turn, what most people would seem to feel as a misfortune, into something that can eventually work in one's favor.

Ideal for readers who are mentally disabled and those friends and family who are seeking help on how to best help disabled persons, "An Uncharted Desert Isle" is both a roadmap to overcoming great odds and a toolkit for the journey toward rehabilitation.

AuthorHouse is the premier book publisher for emerging, self-published authors. For more information, please visit

Related Publications

Share This Information To:
𝕏.com Facebook Reddit

Page Information, Citing and Disclaimer

Disabled World is an independent disability community founded in 2004 to provide news and information to people with disabilities, seniors, their family and carers. We'd love for you to follow and connect with us on social media!

Cite This Page (APA): AuthorHouse. (2010, March 16). Life-affirming Story of Disability. Disabled World. Retrieved June 14, 2024 from

Permalink: <a href="">Life-affirming Story of Disability</a>: Disability gave me the elusive goal of making myself whole once more.

Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are never meant to substitute for qualified medical care. Any 3rd party offering or advertising does not constitute an endorsement.