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Heartstrong

Overcome Obstacles and Live Life to the Fullest

By Donna Valentino
Print Versions
Hardcover
Price: $19.99

Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-941782-31-6
LCCN: 2016934386
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Number of Pages: 144
Publisher: Inspire on Purpose Publishing
Publication Date: 10/18/2016

Donna Valentino’s world turned upside down on Feb. 7, 2009, when she was involved in a catastrophic ATV accident that nearly took her life and altered it forever.

At the time of her accident, Donna was a vivacious and obsessive tennis player, the proud mother of two teenagers, and struggling through a tough divorce. When she awakened from a coma in the ICU, she found herself face to face with new beginnings of all kinds, some of which she wouldn’t have chosen, but all of which she ultimately embraced.

In exploring how her accident changed her life and miraculously opened her heart, Donna reveals how, because of rather than in spite of her accident, she built a new and unexpectedly better life. Her goal throughout Heartstrong: Overcome Obstacles and Live Life to the Fullest is to encourage and empower others who find themselves in difficult circumstances to look at the possibilities each challenge presents as an opportunity to discover what path to take in next chapter of their lives.

Donna Valentino was born and raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from high school in 1979, she worked full time at various companies. She married in 1987 and had two children, Nikki and Jordan. She coached her son’s soccer team, managed both kids’ basketball teams, and stayed active in the PTA. With both children in high school, she went back to work as a director of human resources. She also played tennis on a team with good friends for seventeen years.

On February 7, 2009, while in the midst of a difficult divorce, Donna sustained a traumatic brain injury in an ATV accident. Enjoying time with her children was put on hold, and the physical activities she had once treasured became impossible. She shared the story of her accident and physical recovery in her debut book Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind. Donna lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind

By Donna Valentino
Print Versions
Hardcover
Price: $19.99

Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-6125407-4-0
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Number of Pages: 152
Publisher: Inspire On Purpose
Publication Date: 9/13/2013

On an uncharacteristically warm February day in Texas, a young couple set off in search of a new adventure. The quiet, isolated woods of the resort offered the perfect setting for a romantic weekend for two. The happy couple challenged each other to an ATV ride and started off energized, excited, and ready to explore. The adventure that follows, however, was not what they anticipated. After crossing several cattle guards successfully, Donna Valentino attempted to navigate another--only to crash into an unmarked and almost invisible chain. In an instant, her romantic weekend turned into a nightmare of injuries, including what would later be diagnosed as a severe brain injury. After months of rehabilitation and a courageous battle to regain her life, Donna decided to recount her remarkable journey of recovery and adaptation. Headstrong reveals her practical and positive outlook on life as well as her steadfast determination to make it, which she hopes will be an inspiration to others.

Donna Valentino was born and raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from high school in 1979, she worked full time at various companies. She married in 1987 and had two children, Nikki and Jordan. She coached her son's soccer team, managed both kids' basketball teams, and stayed active in the PTA. She also played tennis on a team with good friends for seventeen years. On February 7, 2009, Donna's life as she knew it was turned upside down. As a result of a traumatic brain injury, all the physical activities she once treasured became impossible. Enjoying time with her children was put on hold. Starting a new relationship with someone special was cut short. Recently, after years of recovery and rebuilding her life, she wrote Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury without Losing My Mind as part of a new beginning. Donna lives in Dallas, Texas.

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