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Haloman: A Memoir of Survival Against All Medical Odds Paperback – April 28, 2011
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Alan Goodfried has been a psychotherapist for 25 years. Prior to breaking his neck, he also worked in Solano County, California, as a program manager for a psychiatric intensive day treatment program for children and adolescents. When his doctor told him that he would never drive again, he retired from his county position and began a journey of self-discovery that included studying piano and writing this memoir. Today, Alan maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Walnut Creek, California and uses his life experiences and new perspective to help clients overcome their emotional and physical challenges to reach their goals. Alan lives with his wife Jaine in the San Francisco Bay Area and has two adult daughters who reside in Southern California.
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It tells the story of a man who fought with courage and strength against many odds to overcome a series of intense physical traumas. The lessons he learned along the way about himself, the world, and other people, are profound. He shares himself throughout the entire book so deeply. He shares with you what kept him going.
You get to know, very well, all the people in his life. His wife, his friends, his doctors, teachers, his therapist. The book is a tribute to all of the people who helped him and cared for him throughout his struggles.
Mostly, you become inspired by his strength, his humor, and his will to not only survive, but thrive in every way.
It is inspiring and humbling to read this book. It is a must read for anyone who has experienced trauma of any kind, physical or otherwise. Which is all of us!
The book is full of stories about his experiences (positive and negative) with the medical industry. His troubles with the cold nature of the industry, as well the amazing doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, who saved his life. You also get to know the other patients that he met throughout his journey, and hear their stories as well. The ways in which they all help and support each other is incredible.
The book is written with a purity, honesty, and levity that makes it a very easy read. You get the sense of Alan as a close personal friend. The wisdom that he shares is profound, yet simple, and deeply human.
Everyone should read this book. It is life changing, and gives you the strength and gratitude to overcome your own struggles.