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A Bleeding Brain
     

A Bleeding Brain "A True Story"

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by Andrew S. Bloom
 

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At twenty-one years old, life was great. I loved sports, being with friends, attending college, having my own business, and enjoyed a relationship with a steady girlfriend. Then, one day in August of 1988, that all changed—forever. I had a bad headache and was prematurely diagnosed as having the flu. As my headache worsened, my speech became slurred and

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At twenty-one years old, life was great. I loved sports, being with friends, attending college, having my own business, and enjoyed a relationship with a steady girlfriend. Then, one day in August of 1988, that all changed—forever. I had a bad headache and was prematurely diagnosed as having the flu. As my headache worsened, my speech became slurred and paralysis set in on my right side. I knew something was very wrong. After being taken by ambulance to the emergency room, I was told that I had a congenital malformation in my brainstem—and it was bleeding. My family and I were not ready for that diagnosis or for the long road to recovery that would follow.
Many people view a stroke, an aneurism, or a brain bleed as an “end of life” event. However, despite this diagnosis, I graduated from college, got married, had two healthy children, and landed a good job working in medical sales. Unfortunately, there were other major setbacks and challenges to come. Since that August day in ’88, I’ve had two more bleeds, undergone major surgery, and faced that road to recovery again and again. At times I was angry, frustrated, and even depressed; but I somehow found the strength to live another day. I’m thankful for the progress that has been made in medical technology, knowing that what was once impossible is now possible. I’m a living example of it.
This is a true story—my story. Journey with me through the challenges I faced and the obstacles I had to—and did—overcome. It is my hope to inspire people of all ages who are dealing with life’s challenges and hurdles. Learn how I developed a “can-do” attitude against all odds. My theory is: “Don’t Quit!”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014402194
Publisher:
Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
275
File size:
327 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew S. Bloom was born in Great Neck, New York, to Sharon and Arnold Bloom. Andrew grew up in Plainview, New York, and moved to Florida shortly after graduating from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, in 1992. He has suffered three brainstem bleeds as a result of a birth defect which resulted in his undergoing intensive rehabilitation on four separate occasions. He has also undergone brain surgery in an attempt to correct the underlying problem. Through all this, he has maintained a positive attitude. His first book, A Bleeding Brain, is an inspiring and amazing true story. He resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife, Caroline; son, Ryan; daughter, Samantha; and their dog, Oreo.

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A Bleeding Brain: A True Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks!!!!!!! My BFFs dad is the author!!!!!! Great story!
patricias More than 1 year ago
This book is truly inspirational. I too went through some rough times in my life and thought they were pretty bad. I found it very difficult at times to wake up in the morning. After reading A Bleeding Brain, the author seems to see the big picture and knows that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Andrew Bloom has so much to live for as do I. Patricia S.
Ebrenner More than 1 year ago
In “The Bleeding Brain,” Andrew Bloom presents a gripping memoir of his life experience as a repeat stroke survivor. As we share his overnight journey from a normal twenty-something to a critically-ill patient, our hearts go out to Andrew and his family. But it is the chronicling of his remarkable recovery powered by an extraordinary desire to reclaim his life that are the central theme of the book. Until it happens again... Eileen Brenner and Dr. Michael Pickert