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Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me - Then Changed My Life for the Better Paperback – October 20, 2013

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Andy Marso is an award-winning journalist and a survivor of a rare form of meningitis that nearly killed him and resulted in amputations of parts of all of his limbs. Andy grew up in St. Cloud, Minn., and graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a master's from the University of Maryland and his work stops include the St. Cloud Times, Washington Post and Topeka Capital-Journal. Andy currently lives in Topeka, Kan., where he enjoys reading, watching KU basketball and spending time with friends, including those who helped him through his four-month hospitalization and the long recovery that followed. He's constantly amazed that many of those friends now have kids. Andy still considers Minnesota home and occasionally finds himself saying "uff-da" when he's not careful. Follow him on Twitter @andymarso, or check out his sometimes-dormant blog, True Story: http://andymarso.blogspot.com/ --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books; First edition (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611691125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611691122
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Marso is an award-winning journalist and a survivor of a rare form of meningitis that nearly killed him and resulted in amputations of parts of all of his limbs.

Andy grew up in St. Cloud, Minn., and graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and a master's from the University of Maryland and his work stops include the St. Cloud Times, Washington Post and Topeka Capital-Journal.

Andy currently lives in Lawrence, Kan., where he enjoys reading, watching KU basketball and spending time with friends, including those who helped him through his four-month hospitalization and the long recovery that followed. He's constantly amazed that many of those friends now have kids. Andy still considers Minnesota home and occasionally finds himself saying "uff-da" when he's not careful.

Follow him on Twitter @andymarso, or check out his sometimes-dormant blog, True Story: http://andymarso.blogspot.com/

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This is an amazing book of courage against challenging odds. It's inspirational for anyone going through any kind of illness or crisis in one's life. Andy's writing is personal and he makes you feel like you are right there with him going through the painful rehab. It's also very honest, He doesn't try to whitewash his depression when things get rough. I couldn't put it down.
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This is an honest, unbridled, eye-opening account of the author's battle with and recovery from meningitis. It details the events in Andy's life that demonstrate the frightening speed with which meningitis destroys the body, and the mental, physical, and emotional challenges he faced to re-learn and adapt to life as an independent adult. Along the way, Andy sees the incredible compassion of his friends, family, medical staff, and even complete strangers who provide what ever help they can on his road to recovery. Andy's writing is gripping, smooth, and incredibly insightful. He shares a variety of positive messages and life lessons that take on new importance in my life after reading his story.
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I doubted a book about meningitis could be anything but depressing and preachy. Good thing Worth the Pain is actually a story about resilience, relationships and refusing to be defined by tragedy. The real-life characters in this book -- from the fierce attorney/mom on a mission to ease the hurt for her son to the college friends forced to grow up sooner than planned -- hooked me from the first chapter. I felt like I was there by Andy's bedside praying and cheering as he fought for his life. If this terrible tragedy had to happen, at least it happened to someone with the talent to write a book that will change lives and the courage to be brutally honest about a deeply personal struggle. Worth the read for anyone who has been knocked down and gets back up again.
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"Worth the Pain" is powerful beyond words. I haven't read a book in a long time that drew me in like this one. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My heart is pounding, and I cannot put it down. Do yourself a favor, and read it. But prepare to experience strong emotions, humanity, and the amazing gravity of life. Incredible!
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An incredible journey chronicled with a fantastic writing style. As an avid reader I read a lot of different book types. It's not all that often I find one I can't put down. Finished this one in a night.
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An incredible read by a gifted storyteller. What struck me about this more than anything perhaps was Andy's frank and honest way he described how he was feeling during his entire ordeal with meningitis. The open way he talked about his insecurities, his struggles and his physical and emotional pain really helped me relate to his fight. The way Andy dealt with everything made me take a harder look at my own (much lesser struggles) and see them in a new light. I closed the book feeling inspired and appreciative of the world around me -- a pretty cool feeling to have.
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Andy Marso fought for his life and what emerged was a talented young man with courage, compassion and a vow to make his battle matter. I could not put this book down. Among the stories of lessons learned from surviving a horrible disease, this stands out as great writing.
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A delightful surprise. I thought it would be a boring discourse on an infectious disease, meningitis. Instead it was a page turner. Andy can write authentic dialogue, colorfully descriptive passages and characterizations of a cast of characters who were his friends, family and caretakers. I had no idea it would be such a wonderful book. It is an uplifting book. One leaves off this book, wishing it wouldn't end, with the thought that if a live, personable young man like Andy can go through such a horrible painful experience, then maybe others can too.
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