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On December 17, 2008, 46-year-old Scott Bolzan hit his head on the bathroom floor and awoke in a hospital with no memory of who he was or how he got there. He didn't know that the petite blond at his side was Joan, his wife of twenty-four years—or even what a wife was. He couldn't remember the births of his two young-adult children, the daughter he'd lost, his time as an offensive lineman for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, or his flourishing aviation career.

With heart-rending honesty and no shortage of humor, the Bolzans share their remarkable journey as Scott finds his way in a now-unfamiliar world and reinvents himself as a man, husband, and father. The challenges are initially overwhelming, but My Life, Deleted is above all else a celebration of extraordinary perseverance. Throughout it all, what emerges—against all odds—is an enviable love story, as Scott and Joan fall in love all over again.

About the Author

Scott and Joan Bolzan married in 1984 and have two grown children. The Bolzans have become sought-after motivational speakers, sharing their story and life lessons with audiences nationwide.

Caitlin Rother has authored or co-authored seven books, including Dead Reckoning, Where Hope Begins, and Poisoned Love. She lives in San Diego, California.



Scott and Joan Bolzan married in 1984 and have two grown children. Scott is a former NFL football player and pilot, and he is currently the founder and CEO of Legendary Jets in Tempe, Arizona. Joan is a registered nurse and marketing executive. Since Scott’s traumatic brain injury in 2008, the Bolzans have become sought-after motivational speakers, sharing their story and life lessons with audiences nationwide.

Caitlin Rother has authored or co-authored seven books, including Dead Reckoning, Where Hope Begins, and Poisoned Love. She lives in San Diego, California.



Scott and Joan Bolzan married in 1984 and have two grown children. The Bolzans have become sought-after motivational speakers, sharing their story and life lessons with audiences nationwide.

Caitlin Rother has authored or co-authored seven books, including Dead Reckoning, Where Hope Begins, and Poisoned Love. She lives in San Diego, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Moore on October 8, 2011
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I decided to write this review after reading the only one so far--which the reader submitted and didn't even read the book! I am amazed that Amazon would even accept it, so much reference to "Dr. Phil" I think it was written by a staff member. Like this "reviewer," I saw this man's appearance on Dr. Phil and didn't hear the whole story so got the book to fill me in. Unlike the 1st reviewer, I did indeed read the book.

Scott Bolzan, an entrepreneur and former NFL football player, slipped and fell one day in the bathroom in his office building and his life would never be the same. He lost his memory of everything that happened in his lifetime and apparently, will never get it back.

It was an enjoyable read, I finished it in a little less than two days, but some ends are left "loose." A story like this can't have a happy ending, but I think the book should have been published after he and his ever-loving wife Joan renewed their wedding vows. They didn't do it as planned since Scott had his accident and Joan wanted to make sure he really wanted to remarry her, and they postponed it as he was just getting to know her again. Happily, they do fall in love again so it would have been wonderful to repeat their vows since Scott can't remember any of it the first time around. I can only hope they do it sometime in the near future. Also, I got the Kindle edition because I wanted to read it right away and was disappointed there were no pictures. I caught a glimpse of him on "Dr. Phil," but Scott's family was described with such colorful detail it would have been nice to see them so I could picture them in my mind when reading about them. I feel like they were "deleted" as well!
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By Toots on October 11, 2011
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I read this book with great interest since my husband also suffers from total Retrograde Amnesia after a simular slip and fall accident, two days after his 56th birthday. Scotts accident happened just a year before my husbands. I can relate to many of the thing he and his family went through. Scott shares so much of himself, and his family as they struggle to accept what has happened to them, the good times as well as the difficult times. In the beginning I thought he was boasting about how successful he was and the material things he had aquired, later realizing that he had to tell about these thing that he later felt were not as important in his life. I personaly would have liked to hear more about Joans coping with the changes in her life because of her husbands accident but I realize this was Scotts story. This book is must reading for anyone who has or is associated with someone who has suffered Retrograde Amnesia and I am sure there are many more than just my husband and Scott out there. But I also feel that anyone will learn a lot from Scotts story'
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On the surface, this book is a meant-to-be-inspiring story of a man and his family recovering from a freakish accident. It is an easy read, and compelling in its own way. I enjoyed reading it and was eager to finish it to see what insight and wisdom he and his family gained from the experience. While I understand that they came through the incident still married, (no small feat, in itself), and although the author proclaims a new less materialistic view of life (which I applaud), ultimately, I was disappointed. The "insight and wisdom" seemed false in some way, simplistic, and left unfinished as other reviewers have noted. While this may indeed be due to the author's brain injury, it does seem that major issues were treated rather superficially and unrealistically. I had many questions when I finished the book, not the least of which was how much of this book was honest and "real". No suitable medical explanation was ever given for his severe memory loss, unrelenting seizures, and excruciating headaches. As portrayed in the book, he and his family members didn't seem like "real" people; they were one-dimensional and underdeveloped. I kept waiting for the insight, the resolution, the point of the book, but it never rang true to me. I could not recommend it to anyone who, like I, reads memoirs to glean truths and lessons learned from other people's lives. It just didn't speak to me.
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When I saw Scott Bolzan and his wife on a morning program, their story spurred me to read the book. While I have no regrets that I bought this book for my Kindle, I must say I paused many times to say, "Are you kidding me?" The story itself, of a man from Scottsdale who forgets his entire life after a blow to his head, is quite fascinating. I can't say that it's particularly well written. In my opinion, there is an incredible amount of emphasis on the riches this family enjoyed pre-injury, and they are shared with us in the kind of detail that comes across as, well, bragging. Fabulous cars, decorator this and that, properties, enormous salary, a brief NFL career, a yacht - sometimes it felt like the details were offered to flesh out what was a rather short book. At other times, simply to boast about the material excesses that most people can only dream about. Perhaps the author's intent was to demonstrate what a privileged life the Bolzans had led, through Scott Bolzan's hard work, to contrast it with all that they were losing after the injury, when Scott couldn't return to work. And that would be OK, even though it was a little puzzling and disconcerting to me.

The narrative, written in Scott's voice (first person), seemed to me a bit amateurish - so straightforward that it seemed almost like diary entries, without much thought to metaphors or anything other than the facts. It talks about the painfulness of losing memories, family relationships, and material things and having a teen with drug problems without drawing the reader into the emotion (again, my opinion). It has an almost childlike quality in the writing, and maybe that was meant to reflect Scott's "newborn" personality.

Still, the book was hard to put down despite its shortcomings.
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