As an author, Carolyn limns the areas where her roles as physician, writer and mother intersect.



A mother, a son, and the Journey from Grief to gratitude

After 25 years of caring for children, first as a nurse, then as a pediatrician, Carolyn Roy-Bornstein finds herself on the other side of the stretcher when her 17-year-old son Neil is hit by a teenage drunk driver while walking his girlfriend Trista home after a study date. Trista did not survive her injuries. Neil carries his with him to this day. 

Gratitude for her son’s survival ultimately gives way to grief. While initially told Neil’s only injury was a broken leg, Roy-Bornstein quickly finds herself riding in the front seat of an ambulance transporting her son to the ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; his brain is bleeding.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

recovering from traumatic brain injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work

Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey.

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country - concussions the most common - chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery.

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Last Stop on the Struggle Bus

A memoir of love

At 56, pediatrician Carolyn Roy-Bornstein and her husband had a comfortably empty nest. Their sons were grown, the pull of retirement palpable. Then, Carolyn discovers that two of her patients have been placed in foster care and are not thriving. In a giant leap of faith, Carolyn and her husband open their home to these lost and needy girls. Life is never the same. But even as she and her husband believe they are the ones taking who are gambling in opening their home to foster children, it was actually the girls who, in the face of unimaginable loss and abandonment, took the greater risk, daring to be open to love, one last time.

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