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Abby Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in a deeply affecting new memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered—and they learned to love again.
When Abby Maslin’s husband, TC, didn’t make it home on August 18, 2012, she knew something was terribly wrong. Her fears were confirmed when she learned that her husband had been beaten by three men and left for dead mere blocks from home, all for his cell phone and debit card.
The days and months that followed tested this young couple’s faith, marriage, and love. As TC was learning to walk and speak again, Abby faced the challenge of falling back in love with a husband who was very different than the man she married.
Love You Hard is the story, told from Abby’s point of view, of what it means to love someone suffering from an injury that changes someone to his very core. It’s also the phrase TC used to express his love to his family. Little did he know how meaningful those words were. The road to recovery was hard, as was learning to love again.
Although Abby and TC’s story is unique and captivating in its own right, the insights that they gained from his recovery and the strengthening of their union are universal. Even after tragedy, Abby says, we can make the deliberate choice to find joy in life.
Abby Maslin is a writer and a public school teacher. Through her speaking and blogging, she is passionate about bringing awareness to the challenges of traumatic brain injury and caregiving. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and children. (Photo © Laura Elizabeth Photography)