Rebooting My Brain

Maria’s inspirational memoir to help you overcome adversity, bounce back and reframe your life!

“When the hectic and meticulously-packed suitcase of your life gets dumped out all over the floor, it’s actually a blessing. You can repack it however you want. My life had whipped itself up in a frenzy of change and stress until my head (quite literally) exploded. Once the rubble was cleared away, I saw the world in sharp focus.”

Rebooting My Brain is the true story of what happens when you get yanked out of your life by a crisis―and have to get back on the ride all over again. With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Along her stubborn road back to health, her resulting cognitive and emotional challenges forced her―sometimes kicking and screaming―to reframe her life, her work and her identity.

With humor and heart, Ross shares what it was like being blind for six weeks, how a TV crime drama and a brain-games website played key roles in her recovery, and why a handmade necklace helped her regain her sense of self.

Ross reveals the keys to her extraordinary comeback and how her perspective is forever changed, mostly for the better. Funny, touching and real, this book not only shares an inspirational story of transformation but enlightens readers about the surprising effects of brain injury… and explores the question, “How do our brains define who we are?



Maria would be thrilled to delight your media audience or speak to your group, association or conference about inspiration, transformation or facing adversity. She can also offer the patient perspective about surviving a brain injury, health literacy, or patient and family centered care.

Sample topics related to Rebooting My Brain:

  • A Life Interrupted: A Patient POV on Patient and Family Centered Care
  • Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Flipped my Entrepreneurial Switch
  • Face the Fear, Walk the Talk
  • Five Surprising Effects of Brain Injury
  • Seven Ways to Reboot Your Brain and Reframe Your Life
  • Seven Lessons for Branding Your Business…And Living Your Life (business audiences)

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Media or Speaking Inquiries? Please contact me!


If you’re a journalist, blogger or host, please download the full Media Kit here. Inside, you’ll find an author photo, book cover graphic,  book information, interview questions, proposed story angles and brain aneurysm statistics.

February 1, 2012 Press Release: Rebooting My Brain: New Book Offers Hope and Humor After Brain Aneurysm

STATISTICS: (courtesy of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation):

  • An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people
  • The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 per 100,000 people or about 25,000 people
  • About 40% of all people who have a ruptured brain aneurysm will die as a result
  • 4 out of 7 people who recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm will have disabilities
  • Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 – 60, but can occur in children as well
  • Women, more than men, suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2
  • Ruptured brain aneurysms account for 3 – 5% of all new strokes