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- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publication Date: December 3, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006HSNVO6
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Never Say I Can't: (...after stroke) Kindle Edition
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On the surface it appears to be a story of a very serious stroke and the recovery that occurred through a lot of hard work. I read a bit more deeply and was drawn to the question that I have personally faced and directly sought answers to- "When do you know that a medical event is serious, or life threatening?" This book takes you right inside the disconcerted mind of the medical event victim. If you are really looking to benefit personally read this full narrative from your own point of view.
The author is not maudlin, self referential or lost in the silly gambit of diary narrative. He just gives you the sense of what happened without the benefit of hindsight or trying to be anything other than an honest character.
What I loved was the balance between COMPLETE disorientation and the curious will to push on with whatever was happening. In that equation lies the heart of the value to the reader. In the event that you have something happen to you will you be able to recognize it and act to save yourself? Can you see that the emotional response you might have to a devastating medical event might plunge you into a series of flawed reactions or devastating, depressing self doubt? This story is one of a man whose basic core fights from the very beginning of the event to overcome the devastating debilitation of the very center of being-HIS OWN BRAIN- and to muster his personality and will to find a way through it. He does this even though he is obviously hampered in his mental processes. With courage he puts the fire out from inside the burning building. Can any of us plan better?
This book might not save your life, but it may have saved mine. In recent years I have cornered my Personal Care Physician and asked him what would happen to me if various events occurred medically. I dutifully recorded a few scary medical moments and went over them with my doctor in detail afterwards. Knowing that you need help and having a process to signal for it is crucial to survival. Understanding exactly what happens in a medical event and relaying it to a doctor in as MUCH detail as possible can help you enormously should other events happen. Be assured- they will.
As the author points out in the book his situation was unique to him. This is always true- it does not diminish empathy to wish others well and to try to share courage and well wishes with them. But each of us is on our own. Sometimes medical events are widely spaced and sometimes they come close together. Some like Karl's in the book are well attended and remembered. Sometimes they only come once. Reading this book from the right point of view- one of directed self interest- you can prepare yourself for your own response to WHATEVER may befall you. In that way, if not just through creating an excellent book Philip Catshill has done a high service to many.
This volume moves along quite readily and was a surprisingly quick read. I would be remiss if I did not mention that the resilience and total unwillingness to quit, wallow or give up in any way should not go unpraised. Not only did he recover to the best of his ability but he wrote a book for US about it. That being said the book offers that much as the main course but has more depth and value to offer if you open yourself up to how it might impact your coming life. It is not going to be an easy road for any of us.
His emotions in tangled, he tries to understand why no-one can grasp his new language. Unable to explain his fears and the pain he suffers, he's locked inside - alone and scared. Because his right side was paralyzed, from his face to his leg, any normal movement at the beginning was impossible.
But this man slowly applies himself to recovering his life. Step by step, he explains how he manages and what is happening to him during these days. We leave the hospital with him and move back his home where life as he knew it is now completely different. It's a window into a nightmare none of us can visualize, but he writes it so well, we can almost imagine.
Determined to return to his job as a policeman, his pressing desire outweighs even his periodic wish to just give up and admit he can't.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has either suffered a stroke, or knows or lives with someone who has experienced the horror of this ailment. It's a personal triumph full of grit and determination - a must read!
BTW - Teasing the reader with the dream sequence was just plain naughty!!
At the age of 30, Philip is suddenly thrown into a battle to survive what doctors called a CVA, some call the illness a stroke. Philip worked hard to recover from his sudden illness. At the time of his stroke, his marriage was struggling. After the stroke, he and his wife worked hard to rebuild the relationship, things seemed to be getting better until his wife met a younger man at work. She was flattered by the younger man's attention, and eventually the marriage between Philip and her was destroyed.
As many other people sometimes do, Philip had many ups and downs and times of sadness and despair. He had lost his faith in Christianity as a young boy after the death of his young brother.
As an adult, Philip just couldn't come to terms with Christianity and that there was a loving God, who actually cared. However, when nothing else seemed to work for him, Philip turned to prayers. He was hesitant but waited patiently for help and comfort from his prayers to God and continued to carry on the best he could. He was hoping God had heard him when he prayed, for he was in dire need of help.
God did answer Philip's prayers and turned his entire life around for the better with happiness, laughter and another love in his life. That didn't mean, Philip did not have trying times in the future, for he surely did. But, God pulled him through, teaching him to forgive and love again. As Philip says, "I turned to God in prayer and I persevered. Prayer works. For everything I have lost, I have gained a thousand times over."
This book is not about Philip and his faith. It is about enduring suffering and surviving above all odds and learning forgiveness.
I encourage everyone to get this awesome book and read it. The words Philip writes will come in handy when & if you get in the same dire circumstances of being confused and terrified. One never knows what the future holds, does one?
Philip's success doesn't end on the last page of this book. His author profile mentions that, years later, when faced with difficulties again,..."When nothing else seemed to work..."
Jeannie Walker - Award-Winning Author of true crime thriller "Fighting the Devil"
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