author, editor, blogger & speaker


Rosemary Rawlins is the author of Learning by Accident: A Caregiver’s True Story of Fear, Family, and Hope, an inspirational memoir about learning and growing through adversity. When Rosemary’s husband suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after a car hit him on his bike, she struggled for two years to bring him back home and back to himself, and when he was finally better, she fell apart. Rosemary has eight years experience as a full-time caregiver for loved ones with brain injury, dementia, and COPD, and a keen understanding of caregiver stress.

Rosemary and her husband Hugh were featured in the 2013 Bronze Telly Award-winning video about Relationships after TBI. Rosemary and Hugh were also featured on the front page of the New York Times Science Section in January 2012.

Rosemary’s writing has been featured in the TBI Today VCU Model Systems newsletter and  Brain Injury Journey magazine published by Lash and Associates. Think Piece Publishing released a condensed, excerpted version of Learning by Accident under a new title, Beneath the Armor: A Caregiver’s Story as a Kindle Single in April 2013 to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. Her book is also available at


Currently Editor of BrainLine Blogs, Rosemary has contributed eighty blog posts to this award-winning WETA multimedia site. You can find Rosemary’s Caregiving blog at and subscribe by RSS or email.


Rosemary enjoys speaking nationally to large and small groups on topics ranging from caregiver stress and resilience to life lessons and post traumatic growth. She has delivered numerous keynotes to Brain Injury Associations around the country, at medical conferences, the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association, and hospitals/rehab centers. She also speaks several times each year for International Paper Corporation’s Leadership Development Institute, sharing her story and discussing how to overcome fear. She is passionate about helping caregivers and demystifying brain injury and hospice care.

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Rosemary serves as a project consultant and advisory board member for the TBI Model System of Care at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems, and was appointed to the Governor’s Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative(CNI) Advisory Board in Virginia in July, 2013. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia presented Rosemary and her family with the “No Barriers Award” in September 2011.

Rosemary received her Bachelor’s degree in HR Management from the University of Richmond, Virginia. She lives with her family in Glen Allen, VA and Nags Head, NC. She loves to read, write, walk on the beach, laugh out loud, eat chocolate, drink red wine, and spend time with her family and friends.