by Carolyn Hayes Uber
The very first copy!
Presenting the first copy to a new author is just one of the best things I do. When I dropped by Dora Barilla’s home with the first copy of A New Day, she’d just returned from the gym. Her wide grin says it all. For Dora, and her husband Tom, A New Day represents far more than the long hours of writing. The book details the traumatic brain injury suffered by firefighter Tom in a horrific fire truck collision that nearly killed him.
In painstaking detail, Dora recounts the days sitting by Tom’s bedside as he lay in a coma, the numerous surgeries he endured, the endless hours of rehabilitation, and weeks of nasty litigation.
Dora tells the story of her struggle to maintain optimism for her family and friends as well as keep her own sanity. A professor at Loma Linda Medical University, Dora is in a unique position to share their story, both professionally and personally. Tom and Dora’s dearest wish is to “Pay it Forward” helping other families of victims of traumatic brain injury, and in fact, they’ve designated proceeds from the book to benefit them.
Dora speaks to clubs, churches, and organization about their experiences and how through faith, healing, and miracles, each day is a blessed New Day for the Barilla family.