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Within the 11 seconds that inspired this memoir, Travis Roy realized his dream, then smashed into his nightmare. On an October night in 1995, Roy, a talented young hockey player, skated onto the ice for his varsity debut with Boston University. Eleven fateful seconds later, he was paralyzed from the neck down. Aided by the sure touch of Sports Illustrated hockey writer E.M. Swift, Roy's moving account of his accident and his rehabilitation--confined to a wheelchair, he's gotten some use of his right arm back--avoids the maudlin. Instead, Eleven Seconds is filled with grit, hope, humor, and a thoughtful young man's introspection on the meaning of sports and the adjustments that follow when the ability to play them is taken away. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
In October 1995, ready to play his first game as a member of the Boston University hockey team, Travis Roy looked forward to the biggest day of his life. It was big but for all the wrong reasons. Eleven seconds into the game, he cracked his fourth vertebra and was paralyzed from the neck down. With coauthor Swift, Roy tells the inspirational story of his life after the accident. He still can't walk but has regained some mobility in his right arm and has come to realize that his life is worth living. As he describes the stages of his rehabilitation, the agonizing slowness of the process emerges vividly. So does his sense of humor; he recalls, for example, the time he and his fellow patients at Atlanta's Shepherd Center giddily stole some potato chips, only to realize that none of them possessed the dexterity to eat their booty. This is an informative, clear-eyed examination of what it takes to fight back from personal tragedy. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
It provided me with hope for my grandson's future who is six years old and a paraplegic.Published 4 months ago by Peter Witynski
Moving story, one I can remember from when I was a freshmen in college.Published 7 months ago by Chuck Sears
Travis Roy is an amazing and courageous man!! He never gave up and is still fighting his battles!! It was an honor to read his book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Heartfelt. Genuine. Great read. Travis is one-of-a-kind and an inspiration.Published 9 months ago by PK
Amazing book, testament to character. I have had the pleasure of meeting Travis a couple years ago in Boston, as he was friends with my girlfriend in college. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian L
A fantastic true story about a remarkable young man. I could not put this book down! It's a great read for both young and old; I would highly recommend to anyone over the age of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by A 50-something married woman
A great book to read with high level special needs students. Shows them that you can overcome obstacles in life.Published 12 months ago by Merel
This was a gift for a hockey fan who enjoyed it. It's about an unfortunate accident but tells about how the accident occurred and how the player copes with his injury.Published 12 months ago by PDX-TBH