Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD

Freelance Content Writer/Editorial Consultant

Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, is a well-known author, senior medical writer and health literary expert. Deb works hard and plays hard! An avid wordsmith and health communications professional, Deb loves boating, fishing and catching blue crabs at her bay front condominium in South Tampa Florida.
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Where I Excel

  • Generating great ideas and brainstorming
  • Creative consulting
  • Health literacy
  • Meeting STAT deadlines
  • Repurposing old content to include new data
  • Writing fresh, easy to read content on medical topics
  • Plotting out successful websites and book outlines from an original idea
  • Engaging readers in creative content on the web and in trade books

Latest Book

​a true story about love, loss and the miraculous human spirit


By Deb Fulghum Bruce, PhD

Catastrophe #1

On April 27, 2011, one week before we were to set sail on a celebratory birthday cruise from Sicily to Athens, our lives were changed forever. In just an instant, at exactly 4:05pm, my husband Bob, 61, suffered a catastrophic brain bleed when a heavy, overhead cabinet door fell on his head while working at Cisco Systems Atlanta.

Catastrophe #2

August 21, 2011, a little more than three months after Bob’s catastrophic brain injury, it was my turn. After scraping my leg on our swimming pool, my son found me unconscious in septic shock. He called 911 and I was told by paramedics that my blood pressure was 80/40 and my heart rate was 130. I was rushed into surgery where surgeons said, "You may lose your may lose your life."

The Miraculous Human Spirit

I want to share with you a true story about love, loss and the miraculous human spirit that is virtually indestructible and helps strengthen us during times of tragedy so we can cope and rebuild again. I will reveal to you the tenacity and strength we all possess during catastrophic times, that even when the body is physically weak, the spirit is strong. While the thought of dying, or watching a loved one die or losing a loved one is beyond paralyzing, in reality, life goes on and the unbelievable sense of loss and sadness softens. No, the tragic memories never go away; but they lose their painful edges. I have learned through this experience that whatever life can throw at us, no matter how catastrophic, the human spirit can handle it.

Deb Fulghum Bruce, PhD
"I'm familiar with that feeling of silence that comes with a very imminent catastrophe, when you know you have absolutely no control over a situation."

Dave Matthews

Deb's Work

Freelance Health Writing/Editorial Consulting


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Deb's Blog

December 16, 2016

Catastrophe: Would You Survive? Here are a few tips

Christmas greetings! Last week I attended a large meeting at University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, interviewing researchers and doctors about their unique programs. Through Avid […]
November 28, 2016

Catastrophe: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Brain Rehabilitation

I’m a workaholic by nature. While Bob was at Shepherd Center Brain Rehab in Atlanta, GA, I set up shop in his room, bringing my laptop […]
November 22, 2016

Catastrophe: The Day Bob Awoke From a Coma

I wrote this book – Catastrophe – because there is nothing written on handling major catastrophic events when someone survives. I remember the day after Bob’s […]
November 16, 2016

Catastrophe: How to Protect Yourself from Unforeseen Tragedy

Remember when I shared how the doctor at Emory Neuroscience ICU lifted Bob’s hand after the TBI only to watch it flop on the bed like […]