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Barefoot in November Paperback – March 15, 2011
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I came across Heartosaurus.com, and could not stop reading. This is where I found Benjamin's book "Barefoot in November". It took about a week to come through the mail, but seemed like so much longer. I had never looked so forward to reading a book, than I did for this one. I'll be honest, I have never been one to be able to stay awake through a book. When it came in, I started reading immediately. I could not put it down. I felt justified for all the feelings that I had over the last week and a half. Don't want to give anything away here, but the feelings Benjamin was going through, was point on with the way I was feeling. The denial, the anger, the fear, mixed in with the uncertainties. This book has helped me to better prepare myself for my upcoming surgery, as well as prepare my family. My wife is currently reading this book, and my mother, who lives thirteen hours away has now ordered the book too.
"Barefoot In November" is a must read for anyone about to go through or has gone through Open Heart Surgery, as well as family members, friends, or anyone that is looking to be inspired.
Thank you Benjamin J. Carey for sharing your's and your family's ups and downs throughout that trying year. You all have given me the strength and courage to get past this difficult time.
I went on line last week to purchase Benjamin's book, entitled `Barefoot in November.' It arrived in my mailbox on Thursday and I had read it from cover to cover by Sunday morning, in spite of many interruptions. It was a fascinating and emotional read for me. Benjamin describes his distressing and fear-laden journey through diagnosis, denial, anger, frustration, unwilling acceptance, actual acceptance, surgeon selection, surgery, recovery with a few `road bumps,' and then the birth of his third child, and finally training for the New York City Marathon whilst still recovering from the preceding events. Now! That was a busy year!
This book brought back many memories of my aortic surgery, especially the associated fear, the critical need for support of family and friends, and the courage needed to face the issue head on. This book made me cry a little (not very British!), laugh a lot, and it provides the much needed inspiration that we all need to survive life's difficulties and challenges with a positive spirit. Benjamin's writing style reminds me of the way another one of my heroes, Tim Ferriss, writes - a young guy with lots of balls! How his wife puts up with him I have no idea, but he sure loves her and their kids.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has relatives, friends, or children that they care about; aka everyone! I would also encourage people to put out the word, as `Barefoot in November' chronicals the critical nature of listening to your body and then doing something about any warning signals, which can be very subtle. Denial can kill, and it nearly did kill Benjamin Carey. Thank goodness he listened, finally! What is more, he is working hard as an advocate for awareness of the risks associated with aortic aneurysms, which are much more common than most people realize.
Great job on all fronts! I must add, as the author did in his extensive acknowledgments section, that it is evident that his successes were attributable in no small part to the perseverance of his wife, Nicole!
Congratulations to Benjamin Carey, his family, friends, and all of his health-care providers.
Thanks so much for writing this important book!
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BAREFOOT IN NOVEMBER is a real life account of Ben Carey. His wife is Nicole.Read more