From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue
A Girl’s Courage, Her Mother’s Love, A Miracle Recovery
Jennifer Miller Field with Joanne Field
144 pp., 7 x 9, Paperback
A courageous young woman beats the odds to regain her life after a traumatic brain injury
In 1992, as Jennifer Field lay in a coma after a near-fatal car accident, one doctor after another said she would never walk, or talk, or be able to take care of herself again. But Jennifer and her mother, believed something different. They never gave up hope that Jennifer would regain a normal life. And she did. This memoir, told in interweaving stories by Jennifer and her mother, Joanne Field, follows Jennifer’s journey from world-class equestrian to trauma patient to world-class survivor.
“My opinion is that you can never think your injury and disease has won,” writes Jennifer, who was a high school student and Olympic hopeful before the car crash that nearly took her life. Her training in the riding ring, her discipline, and her competitive spirit kept her focused on her recovery.As did her mother, who was steadfast in seeking out the treatments and therapies that would help Jennifer regain her life. “Maybe I was living in false hope,” Joanne writes, “but it paid off.”
From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue is the story of a mother who refused to give up and a daughter who defied the odds through guts and determination. This is a compelling narrative threaded with memories from people who helped along the way—medical professionals, friends, and family. It’s a great tribute to the human spirit and the power of love.
Jennifer Field, a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College, is a sought-after motivational speaker for corporate, nonprofit, medical, and academic audiences across the country. She is the president of of the J. Field Foundation, which focuses on providing aid, hope, and inspiration to families of brain injury victims, and writes a monthly inspirational newsletter. Jennifer divides her time between New Hampshire and Santa Monica, California where she continues to work on different therapies, exercise, and eating healthy, organic meals that she enjoys cooking with her partner, Bruce.
Joanne Field spent a large part of her life in the retail business in Peterborough, New Hampshire. When her daughter, Jennifer, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a terrible car accident, Joanne gave her life over to finding the therapies that would help Jennifer get better. They traveled the world together, never giving up hope. Joanne was determined that her daughter would recover. Joanne now lives in Sharon, New Hampshire, and Hobe Sound, Florida.
Praise for Jennifer Field and From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue:
Jennifer Field is an incredibly resilient and driven young woman. I’m convinced that every time she hears “no,” or why or how something can’t be done, she becomes more determined to prove everyone wrong. Needless to say, I’m a big fan! You can’t help but be moved by reading her amazing story. And it’s even more engaging, interesting, hysterical, sad, inspiring if you invite her to tell it to you in person!
—David Nour, international speaker, and CEO, The Nour Group, Inc.
Jen’s inspiring story, narrated with courage, humility, and unflinching honesty, is a poignant true-life tale of human potential. Readers are invited into the back of the tapestry, where the blood, sweat, and tears of Jen, her mom, and many others are woven together, and the result is a different kind of love story. Shining among the gems in this treasure chest of a book is Jen’s resilient spirit, gently reminding us of our limitless capacities against all odds.
—Robin Davenport, executive director, CASA of the Mid-Shore
Jennifer’s story is breathtaking. This powerful book shares the highs, the lows, and the realities she faced while rebuilding her life after a disabling accident. Jen’s will to thrive despite adversity is inspiring. This book is truly transformational.
—Sam Cawthorn , thought leader and CEO of Empowering Enterprises and best-selling author of Bounce Forward
Jennifer’s extraordinary outcome must be recognized as one that can only come about with persistence and immense strength of character. Her relentlessness is stunning. She is a great example.
—The late Henry Betts, MD, past medical director, president, and CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
This is not only a touchingly intimate portrayal of a personal journey fueled by grit and determination, it is a mother-daughter story of love and commitment. Central to this story are both Joanne’s persistence, unflagging support, and perseverance, and Jennifer’s trust in the choices her mother made along the lengthy road to recovery.
—Felise S. Zollman, MD, medical director, president, and CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
What struck me about Jennifer the first time I heard her speak was her determination and resilience. Her book is no exception. From the very beginning that same message comes through loud and clear!
—Steven D. Wade, executive director, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire
Midwest Review of Books
Few narratives can so clearly document this step-by-step healing process; but “From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue” is as precise in its approach and experiences as it is candid about the many hurdles that must be jumped, both alone and with the help of others, in such a recovery.
Readers of true-life, near-death experiences and stories of survival will relish the lessons and life-affirming experiences Jennifer imparts, and will find her story one of the top leaders in literature about the healing process: “Ironically, it’s human nature not to appreciate something until it’s gone, or, in my case, taken away. Simple things like breathing, eating, sleeping, walking, enjoying a cup of great coffee, or sharing laughter with friends and family-these are all fundamental things I’ve learned not to take for granted.” Very highly recommended as a riveting read that, once begun, is hard to put down