"Applied neuroscience is needed more than ever ... The world is ready for Wilson's message."
- Dr. Lynda Thompson
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Brain Dance is a captivating, and touchingly candid true story. It traces Diane’s journey through random and sometimes humorous events which shed light on how her brain kept her injury from her, the loss of focus, mobility, and sense of self, an obsession of day-trading retirement funds, and finally holistic therapies-including a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, acupuncture, singing and neurofeedback.
She chronicles the gift of recovery and her incredible journey to now help people around the world and make the most of their amazing brain. This book is for anyone who is curious about the brain, has had even a bump on the head, or has felt totally lost in life and a need to start over.
Cover Art by Duy Huynh, Lark & Key.
Brain Dance threads our shared human vulnerability with medical science for an accessible, inspiring journey. It’s a book people say reads like a novel they can’t put down.
Brain Dance encourages us all to honor the pivotal role of science in our lives and the magnificent potential of the brain for making the world a better place
“This is a captivating book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and finished it in two days."
"Her sense of humor and down-to-earth manner of speaking about what happened and how she followed her gut to heal herself read like a mystery novel I couldn’t put down. Bravo!"
“I love Brain Dance. Diane Wilson is a gifted writer. It read extremely well. I truly got a personal sense of what she went through with her concussions — and all the treatments. Learned plenty I never knew before.”
Perhaps every story has magic. This one definitely does. This video is the story of writing a book on a subject I didn't fully understand -- my traumatic brain injury -- and the unexpected path to having it published during a pandemic. A thank-you note that provides insight on... Well, you'll see. Bring a tissue.
"Brain Dance is an inspiring journey through the invisible injury of concussion and post-traumatic brain injury... I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be inspired to overcome difficulties and set-backs in life. They can happen to any of us in an instant as this book illustrates."
Diane Grimard Wilson is a Chicago peak performance coach, licensed clinical professional counselor and has a board certification as a fellow in neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. She is holds certifications in sound therapy and meditation teaching. Her first book, “Back in Control: How to Stay Sane Productive and Inspired in Your Career Transition” was a finalist for the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards honoring literary contributions that also help to make the world a better place.
Diane is a former contributor to the Chicago Tribune on work/life issues. An emerging thought-leader in applied neuroscience, her clients include physicians, leaders, executives and performing artists. Diane is host of the “Genius: Sciencing Our Human Potential” podcast where she interviews leaders and other personalities for their human stories on resilience, change and coping with the global pandemic.
“This is an extremely powerful and inspiring story that is so applicable right now. It is a solace to those that go through similar experiences and have trouble finding answers to their changes in behavior and emotions.
It is so hopeful to hear Diane’s story and know that others can relate and feel they are not alone.” — Maddie Girardi, PT, DPT, CMTPT, Physical Therapist, Chicago
“Brain Dance is a wonderful book. Beautifully written and so needed!” — Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School
“If you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion or prolonged post-concussive symptoms, Brain Dance offers hope and insight...
Wilson’s experiences as both a patient and a neuroscience professional gives her an authentic and compassionate voice as she gently guides the reader through a vast array of treatment modalities".
Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, Austin, TX, Author of The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook
“Diane Wilson has written a compelling account of her struggle with brain trauma in a very readable and intriguing way. Her sense of humor and down-to-earth manner of speaking about what happened and how she followed her gut to heal herself read like a mystery novel I couldn’t put down. Bravo!”
— June Tanoue, MPH, Zen Priest/Teacher, Co-Founder Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago
“This is a captivating book, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down and finished in two days. Brain Dance is a frank and intimate account of one person’s heroic struggle to overcome one of the most commonly undiagnosed health problems in the US today. Diane Wilson explores the various emerging solutions to head trauma, especially neurofeedback, while revealing the many overlooked indicators in our daily life that may be pointing to an unsuspected and very real problem in many of our lives. Diane will help you better understand your symptoms and help you put together your own personal tool kit for traveling the road to recovery.” — Richard Soutar, PhD, BCN, Founder, NewMind Technologies, Author of Doing Neurofeedback: An Introduction
“Diane’s story is as important for advancing medicine as the science she shares. She beautifully bridges the gaps in conventional care and turns her injury into an initiation into a new field and skills to help others.”
— Melanie Weller, Medical Visionary, Vagus Nerve Expert
“Loved the book. I’ll recommend it to all of my patients with lifealtering health issues.” — Saul Rosenthal, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV, BCN, Clinical Health Psychologist
“I found it hard to set down Brain Dance – it was so captivating and written from such a personal and approachable perspective. I can easily see this book becoming an enthralling movie!” — Dr. Céleste Grimard, Professor of Leadership, Université du Québec à Montréal, Author of 101 Exercises for Developing Your Leadership .
“With Brain Dance, Diane Wilson has written an exceptional book, a must-read for survivors of a brain injury, especially those with postconcussive syndrome, and their loved ones and medical providers It is important for clinicians to read Brain Dance and understand the nuances of the ‘invisible injury,’ which can present with varying and often life-altering symptoms. As Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Psychology in one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country, I will be strongly recommending this book.” — Sarah Gray, Psy.D., Clinical Health Psychologist, Instructor, Harvard Medical School and Director of Integrative Psychology, PC
“For all those with “unseen” illnesses or injuries, this book will show you that you are not alone. Diane Wilson does a masterful job of taking the reader inside the world of someone suffering from a traumatic brain injury.” — Laura Wimbish-Vanderbeck, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, NC
“I think this is a must read for clinicians, TBI clients and their friends and family. It is a very personal story which will help people understand what you and others go through. But it also includes references to science and science-based therapies that can be very helpful for people who have suffered such an injury.” — Kathy Abbott, Psy.D., BCN, Clinical Psychologist, Chicago
“I read Diane’s book with great pleasure. Dr. Elsa Baehr is my mother and I had the privilege of working for her for several years designing a brain training program. During this time I met Diane, my mother’s neurofeedback intern. Reading Brain Dance makes me appreciate Diane and her work even more. This journey to good brain health is an amazing read.” — Joanne Telser-Frère, DTM, Literacy Chicago
“Brain Dance is a remarkable revelation of a book. Diane invites us along for an engaging, accessible, intimate and memorable journey of diagnosis and recovery — her wit and wonder always intact. Brain Dance, ultimately, is not only about the struggle to diagnose and recover from a traumatic brain injury. It is also a guide to nurturing the resilience, perseverance and courage we need to dare to reinvent.” — Katherine Foran, Editor, Columbia, MO
“Diane Wilson’s book is a wonderful resource. She tells her personal experience as a brain injury survivor integrated with her experience as a psychotherapist, coach and neuroscientist. This book is a must read for everyone coping with vehicular trauma and TBI.” — James F. Zender, PhD, Author Recovering from Your Car Accident: The Complete Guide to Reclaiming Your Life.
“ . . . While reading this, I found myself cheering on her recovery and applauding the steps she took to that end, including non-traditional therapies . . . I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be inspired to overcome difficulties and set-backs in life.” — Linda Girgis MD, FAAP, Editor-in-chief of Physicians Weekly
“Diane’s beautiful story gives hope and a roadmap to those suffering traumatic brain injuries. Brain Dance is a celebration of possibilities!” — Toby Dorr, Author
" I resonated so much with TBI being a “stealthy, underrated injury that tricked me into thinking I was okay when I wasn’t”. Especially as women with invisible illnesses, being dismissed or labeled as being “too emotional” is so common and such an unwelcome consequence. So many people have experienced a head injury at some point in their lives whether to themselves or someone they know. Its so important for those survivors to know that they are not alone and that there is hope for them. Brain Dance is so moving as a fellow survivor of many traumas. We are so lucky to have you so accurately describe and shed light on these injuries and be such a strong advocate for others who have survived the same.." - Jordyn Judge, NewMind Technologies
“A very well written and compelling story of Diane Wilson’s journey with concussion. It’s surprising to learn how debilitating such an injury is because it’s largely invisible, long lasting and not well understood. This book contains a wealth of useful information about the brain and neuroscience, and how it can be used to treat TBI.” — Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse, Abbot, Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago