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Don't Leave Me This Way: Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry Paperback – May 29, 2007
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Julia is rushed into emergency surgery to stop the bleeding in her brain, but although she survives the operation, she is left with complete paralysis on her left side. Fortunately, she is able to think and communicate, even though her ability to move and function has been severely curtailed. The doctors are unsure what caused the stroke and they recommend a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy for a condition called vasculitis.
"Don't Leave Me This Way" is Garrison's poignant, uncompromisingly honest, and darkly humorous account of what happened to her and how she handled it. Her short, breezy chapters have droll titles such as "Homage to Your Hemorrhage," and, for some reason, she avoids using the word "I" until the final section of the book. However, her unconventional writing style works; the reader is given a front row seat as Julia surmounts one obstacle after another, with many bumps and bruises along the way.
From the beginning, she refuses to take her doctors' statements at face value, especially when she is convinced that they are only guessing. In fact, she decides that in spite of the bleak prognosis, she is going to get back on her feet. She rejects the opinion of her doctors and nurses that she is "in denial" and is too "impulsive.Read more ›
Yet, this book is much more than a good story. I view it as a gentle, clear, and inspiring reminder of how important it is to take time to enjoy and be thankful for the many blessings in one's life.
While certainly this book discusses challenges of stemming from medical issues, I feel that Julia's message of how challenges can help us see the world in a new and better light, can be applied universally. I particularly enjoyed reading about how these challenges helped Julia become more sensitive others and helped her grow spiritually.
Don't Leave Me This Way adds a lot of positive energy in helping us deal with problems both individually and collectively.
The other day I heard about a co-worker who just had a stroke, also only in her 30's. I plan to tell her Julia's hopeful story to give her the inspiration she will need for her own recovery. When she is ready, I'll give her a copy of the book. I believe she'll find it a wonderful resource for the road ahead.
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I had the great fortune to meet Julia Fox Garrison last week. I immediately bought and read her book. She is a delight in person and on the page. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ann G. Rosas
This book was a quick, easy read. I think all health professionals should have to read this. It forces you to think about the patient side of health care when you may not be in... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Hannah Pope
Truly an inspirational and uplifting story - even at times shows how humor can help uplift the soul during life's most challenging times. NancyPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of those "I can't put it down" books. Julia's story is one that made me take another look at my life - the right mindset can help overcome just about anything.Published 1 month ago by S. Wheeler
Julia did a wonderful job telling about her bumpy journey and how she always looked at the glass half full (or actually all filled up). Read morePublished 1 month ago by judy small
If you've been lucky enough to avoid anything serious happening to your health, file this one away for future reading because eventually all our luck runs out and when it does,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laurel L. Delaittre
I read this because I read Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. This book brought me right in to the home of a person like me, busy, active, hard working and then disaster strikes this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barbara Dupras
Such a great book. Such a life lesson that your healthcare is in your hands alone. Great read. She is such an inspiration!Published 5 months ago by Paul F. Simpson