View from the Bedpan

Beverley June Richmond


View from the Bedpan is a lively and spirited true story about a 43 year old woman, Beverley June Richmond , who two years after open-heart surgery was seriously injured when she was run over by a truck-her body going one way, her black pumps the other.

In addition to life-threatening physical injuries, her mind and spirit was tested by three years of rehabilitation and more surgery, and by five years of adjusting to her new life with brain injury.

Although raw emotions often surfaced ,overall she was able to keep an inquisitive,optimistic outlook and a sense of humour.

“The only way to survive such an ordeal is to see the humour in it, no matter how hard it is to find,” writes Richmond.

This is her story: how she survived her accident and recovery, what she saw and experienced in the hospital, and what she learned about herself and others.

Included in the book are many helpful tips, healing strategies and insights.

Some readers will compare their own experiences as well as relate to these events and messages-motivational ,yet comical at times- as they unfold. Others will learn about the consequences of brain injury and hospitalization from a patient’s perspective, especially the many challenges and victories of one survivor.

View from the Bedpan was a nominee for the Stephen Leacock Award for using humour to help tell a difficult story.

What others say about View from the Bedpan

“I believe that every survivor should read this book-View from the Bedpan is an excellent book…Anyone who reads it would understand what having a brain injury is all about.”
—This from a London survivor

“…more than once I found myself laughing out loud at an amusing story. I also found myself in tears…Thank you for writing this book. I hope it becomes required reading for all ABI Caregivers, Rehab educators, and Nurses.”
—From a Peterborough survivor

“Your book was such an inspiration to myself and my family. It let me know that I’m not alone in dealing with brain injury symptoms and it assisted my family in knowing what I deal with on a daily basis.”
—From a Kelowna, British Columbia survivor

“Every Nurse should read it.”
—From a Nurse, Belleville General Hospital

“I enjoyed it immensely. It was in parts humorous, in parts touching, in parts informative,and always engaging…Your book speaks to the intellect…(It) also spoke to my emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I marveled. In short, I think that it is a grabber. It is a book that many can benefit from reading.”
—From the Executive Director , Ontario Brain Injury Association

“Your book is a part of out library collection for ABI survivors, current clients, and families. It is very well received. Congratulations, We are very proud to have…”
—From the Coordinator, ABI Rehab Program, Parkwood Hospital

“Your book causes readers to think, wonder, gasp,marvel, and be thankful…The behaviours, philosophies,and truths discussed will, when applied improve every aspect of our lives.”
—From the Manager Library Services, County Lennox& Addington

“Richmond’s well-written book draws the reader into a world that explores it all…At times graphic, and always gripping. Richmond’s candid look at hospitalization and healing is a definite page-turner.”
—From the Belleville Intelligencer

About the Author

Beverley Richmond was born and raised in Toronto. There she worked in administration, sales,publishing and promotion. She moved to the Quinte area in 1990 and began work at the Intelligencer where she stayed until her near fatal accident in December 1994 forced her into retirement.

Beverley was involved in corporate communications and writing in varying degrees throughout her career, including as an editor of association and employee newsletters, an advertising copywriter, and a columnist for two Metro area newspapers

Beverley enjoyed writing as a hobby- which she did from her Victorian farmhouse in Prince Edward County. She had articles published and several of her short stories appear in the Canadian Authors Association Wordscape anthologies.

Beverley raised awareness of brain injury through the media promotion of her book. She performed readings and spoke at libraries, bookstores,retirement homes, and to various groups including brain injury associations, writers group, health associations,hospital and church auxiliaries, service clubs, professional associations, nursing groups, and nursing students.

Beverley was a member of the Quinte Literacy Guild, Stephen Leacock Association, Quinte Arts Council, Canadian Authours Association, as well as the Brain Injury Association Quinte District, and the Ontario Brain Injury Association.

Order Information

The View from the Bedpan can be purchased by contacting the Brain Injury Association Quinte District, at 613 967 2756, or e-mail [email protected]

ISBN 1-55306-361-9
Softcover ~ 168 Pages
$19.95 CDN …….$12.95 US