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Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke ... oh what fun) Kindle Edition
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--Laura Diamond, author of Shelter Us and editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood (in print, it's on the back cover of the book)
"The nurse's note read: 'Standing by chair. Standing by sink.' To most of us, these are not accomplishments. To a person recovering from a stroke, they are miracles. For one author, so was writing the sentence, 'I sit.' Or learning to speak again. But fortunately for us, Maureen learned to write again. She brought back this moving book."
--Luke Sullivan, author of Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This and Thirty Rooms To Hide In (in print, it's on the back cover of the book)
"Brave. Wow. Godspeed, Maureen."
--Lee Clow, Director Media Arts, TBWAWorldwide,
Chairman, Media Arts Lab
"Before, Afdre, and After will break your heart, make you smile, and ultimately make you proud to know people like Maureen Twomey breathe the same air we all do."
--Rob Schwartz, Global Creative President, TBWAWorldwide
"I never thought I'd say this and mean it: This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It's a joyous, inventive journey through loss and recovery, and Maureen's spirit shines through in this blueprint for living a full, blessed and loving life. Read it now, you fools!!"
--Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating
From the Author
"... Maureen Twomey's nonfiction memoir, Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke...oh what fun), is written by a wryly funny and brutally honest survivor whose message grabs the reader on the first page and doesn't let go until she finally means it when she says, "the end."...
- ASIN : B00UVXEYV2
- Publication date : March 17, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 9991 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,574 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because in my ebook edition the illustrations were too small to see, and those illustrations told a substantial part of the story. I would recommend people get the book in paper. I was finally able to see the illustrations by looking at them on my iMac, but I don't like to have to sit at the computer to read books. I guess I should be grateful that I'm able to read at all after seeing how hard it was for Maureen to learn this skill all over again. Kudos to you, Maureen. I'm still rooting for you.
I believe that her fighting spirit, and of course her family, contributed in helping her to survive and strive. This book is a legacy of her struggles and the proof of her determination in overcoming her tragedy.
I laughed with her as she tried to make light the tragedy that was looking at all who observed, as the end of her life. I even saw some of the typing errors as that part of her that couldn’t read, or spell correctly. I grabbed my amplifier to try and read some of those very small prints, and in all of this, I was in awe at how much she fought to return to normal. This is a great story of survival. There is a lot to learn from it.
Maureen’s stroke just didn’t happen. It gave ample warnings. That is the first lesson to learn. When things we haven’t experienced before begin to happen to us, it is time to take those warnings seriously and get help. Who knows what could have happened if Maureen did.