- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626345201
- ISBN-13: 978-1626345201
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Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better Hardcover – July 24, 2018
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-JULIA FOX GARRISON, speaker and author of Don't Leave Me This Way (or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry)
"I know what it feels like to lose everything because of a stroke, and I recognize Ted's determination to make as complete a recovery as possible. Relentless is an inspiring story that I hope encourages others to approach their own recovery with the same resilience."
-KEVIN SORBO, actor, director, and author
"In Relentless, author Ted Baxter survives an extensive stroke and devotes himself to making the fullest recovery possible. This process is truly remarkable. Mr. Baxter's focus, motivation, and successful reestablishment of neurological function are a testament to the human spirit. By accessing the best available clinical expertise and rehabilitation programs, the author is able to begin a new life in which he dedicates himself to helping others. Relentless conveys two important messages. First, the human brain is extraordinarily plastic-it has the ability to use inputs (rehabilitative, among others) to make new circuits that make new functions possible. Second, there is a clear need for us to be able to identify individuals who are at the greatest risk for a stroke after a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) or for secondary stroke. This latter unmet need is a problem that modern science and medicine must address in order to reduce the prevalence of stroke and its lifelong impact."
-HOWARD J FEDEROFF, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, and former dean, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
"Ted's inspirational story about his recovery from a near fatal stroke is extraordinary. His force of will through a combination of courage, determination, and unrelenting resilience in the fight back from those earliest days to where he is now is profoundly inspirational."
-GERALD BEESON, chief operating officer, Citadel
-AUDREY L. HOLLAND, PhD, regents professor emerita, University of Arizona
"Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, and those lucky enough to survive are often left with some level of disability. It's inspiring to read Relentless and get a glimpse of Ted's strength and determination during such an arduous time."
-ERIC HASELTINE, PhD, neuroscientist, and author of Brain Safari
"In Relentless, Ted Baxter shares his experience of recovering from a stroke and the challenges and frustrations of aphasia. His determination to not let his stroke disable him and the entire process of rehabilitation and recovery can serve as an inspiration for stroke survivors and their families and loved ones."
-LOUIS R. CAPLAN, MD, professor of neurology, Harvard University
"Relentless is an astonishing memoir of a man who had everything needed to succeed in life and suddenly lost it because of a stroke. Now reenergized, relearning, and recovering, Ted shares wisdom and the pieces of his completely different, new, and improved life in this inspiring book."
-JUAN PUJADAS, retired global advisory leader and vice chairman, PwC International LLC
"Of all the patients with stroke I've cared for, Ted is easily the most remarkable. I have never seen anyone with a stroke such as his make the astounding recovery he did. And I might also add that the title for his book is apropos!"
-JESSE TABER, MD, NorthShore University HealthSystems
About the Author
Ted lives in Newport Beach, California since January 2010. He was born and grew up in New York. He attended an Executive MBA program, 2 years, at Wharton to get his MBA concentrating on finance and strategy.
After spending 22 years in the financial industry, he is retired as a global CFO with a large hedge investment firm based in Chicago. Prior to that, Ted was a managing director for a global investment bank and he was a Price Waterhouse partner and a consultant concentrated on banks and securities, risk management, financial products, and strategic planning. Internationally, he spent 8 years working and living in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Ted now volunteers at 2 hospitals in Orange County, leading groups in a stroke-related communication recovery program, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the American Heart and Stroke Association.
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From early in his life to the present he seems to be the most self absorbed person I've encountered in a while. Driven, to be sure, especially in the aspects of body, money, and position.
While most people post stroke have judgment problems, I have real issues about his managing to rent a car and put countless others at serious risk.
I felt that he pretty much glossed over the value and judgment of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and I find it hard to accept that RIC backslid to the point of not emphasizing Music and Art Therapies, not to mention early days with Speech/Language Pathologists.
All of the hard work he did to organize comprehensive programs for aphasia should be loudly applauded.
Insofar as the marriage issues are concerned, when family members asked if the person was ever going to be the same; our answer was "Will you? "
Disclaimer: as an RN I have worked with stroke and TBI patients off and on for many years, including a number of years working in a small progressive facility in SE Wisconsin which serviced patients unacceptable to RIC.
Another disclaimer: I won an ebook copy in a Goodreads Giveaway. However, I then purchased the audiobook.
After Ted Baxter suffered a stroke, we learn of his hospital treatment, his education and career up to that point, and a little about his wife. But even this knowledge left me with more questions than answers. I really wanted to know how the stroke affected them at the core, not just on such a surface level. Did the stroke cause him to lose his love for her? Did he fully know who she was? If so, when? Did he lose all sense of closeness and intimacy? Did she secretly resent the demands his illness placed on her and their relationship? Why did the author wait so long to reveal the pre-existing and developing strain on their marriage?
The frequent point-of-view changes were jarring, especially when several other family members' experiences of the event were sporadically inserted. There were times when a POV change would occur and I couldn't remember what relation the person was to the author.
The book will no doubt provide invaluable information for medical professionals, caregivers and/or family members dealing with stroke survivors. The author's options, choices, self-experimentation, setbacks, progress, etc. will provide a wealth of guidance. I do, however, hold the opinion that a more personal voice should have been adopted in telling the story of his illness and recovery.
Ted was only in his 40's and was very healthy. You think old and in bad shape for a stroke, not so. He must have had a lot of money and not on a normal insurance policy, to get the care that he got. Money was never written about, but he must have had a lot of it. My friend on Medicare, could not get the care that he did.
The book was very detailed regarding his treatments and he build his future life around the care and treatment of stroke and aphasia.
The book was more of a test book than a life story. I certain that doctors and patients can get a lot of information from this book.
Thanks to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group for the ARC. Opinions are mine.