Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry
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Non-Fiction | Self-Help Relationships
Just an ordinary day . . .
You get up, fix breakfast for your three-year-old son, drive
yourself to work -- a day like any other. You're running
late for a meeting, and as you hurry down the hall, the
light is getting brighter and brighter, and suddenly your
vision explodes and . . . you're gone.
When you wake up, you're in a hospital bed. You can't talk,
move your left side, or get out of bed. You can't comb your
own hair, much less walk to the bathroom. You've had a
massive brain hemorrhage. Your doctors tell you you're lucky
to be alive. Even though they don't know the cause of your
hemorrhage, they tell you whatever it is, it's incurable and
you'll most likely die. But then they tell you the good
news: If you do live and manage to get into a wheelchair, at
least you can always find parking.
Julia Fox Garrison refused to listen to the professionals
she called Dr. Jerk, Dr. Panic, and Nurse Doom. She clung to
the advice of the kind and gifted Dr. Neuro, who told her "I
have to treat your mind as well as your body." After many
months in the hospital and then rehab, after coping with the
shock of learning what had caused her stroke, and with the
help of family and friends and her own indomitable spirit,
Julia not only got into a wheelchair, she got back out and
learned to walk again.
Funny, touching, and profoundly moving, DON'T LEAVE ME THIS
WAY is the true story of a woman's fight for her life -- and
for her dignity -- as she struggles to overcome the
debilitating effects of her stroke. She battles an
entrenched medical community with wit and grit, challenging
her doctors to always remember that she's a human being and
to think beyond the pages of their textbooks and show her
the encouragement and optimism that she knows is going to
make the difference between life and death.
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