Shireen Jeejeebhoy writes books, blogs on life and brain injury, creates visual art. She's populated T-shirts, face coverings, posters with her art. Her first book, Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story, was the award-winning about a Toronto patient and her pioneering doctor whose ground-breaking work saves tens of thousands of lives every year. Her novels feature Toronto as a character and star women finding their way without romance giving them the answers. Dogs and cats show up in supporting roles. Using her book Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me, she advocates for replacing standard medical care with neuroplastic treatment to restore people back to a fulfilling life. She was consulted on Brain Storm, which ran at Dancemakers Studio just before COVID-19 shut down Toronto.
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Born in London, England, and a tri-continent child, Shireen grew up in Toronto, obtained a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto, launched into writing and computer programming, and slammed and somersaulted into the unknown life of brain injury with its paradoxes. After she relearnt to photograph and write, she wrote a book or more every year since 2009. And she explored the city through her camera lens. She has many more manuscripts than published books. She blogs and designs websites. She tweets to both express herself and prod people to think and act on brain injury, gender equality, city life, accessibility, inclusivity, and COVID-19.
She's a member of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto and participates in their annual Expressive Art Show every year since it began. You can find her latest pieces as posters and limited editions in this shop's Art Works collection.
Shireen uses her website to update her book Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me and continues research on herself to heal this injury. She just completed a month-long study on the effects of gamma brainwave audiovisual entrainment with good results and thoughts on further, robust research. She continues to write on her reading recovery, and writes a Psychology Today blog on concussion and brain injury. In an effort to fund her writing efforts beyond her annual NaNoWriMo plunges, she joined Patreon.
Shireen fell in love with photography at the age of 11 when she borrowed her mother's mid-20th century camera for a school trip. She kept borrowing cameras for years until she received her own, a Minolta Maxxum 7000. When her brain injury robbed her of her photography, neuroplastic treatment brought first a Nikon Coolpix 2 then the DSLR Nikon D80 back. She's expanded her instinctive photography into creating digital art and now, in the year of the pandemic, into painting and analogue collages, turning them into posters and prints.