Change in the Weather: Life after Stroke

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Mark McEwen's stroke was anything but sudden. His symptoms led him to a hospital, where he was misdiagnosed with the flu. Two days later, on an airplane flight just hours before he finally collapsed, flight attendants and airport staff discounted his slurred speech and heavy sweating, passing him off as intoxicated. Misinformation not only delayed his treatment but nearly cost him his life. A candid, moving memoir, Change in the Weather traces one man's recovery in the aftermath of temporarily losing some of his ...
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Overview

Mark McEwen's stroke was anything but sudden. His symptoms led him to a hospital, where he was misdiagnosed with the flu. Two days later, on an airplane flight just hours before he finally collapsed, flight attendants and airport staff discounted his slurred speech and heavy sweating, passing him off as intoxicated. Misinformation not only delayed his treatment but nearly cost him his life. A candid, moving memoir, Change in the Weather traces one man's recovery in the aftermath of temporarily losing some of his greatest gifts—his talent as a public speaker and his warm, witty exuberance. Telling an ultimately triumphant story, McEwen also offers insights into the warning signs of stroke as well as prevention and treatment options.

Change in the Weather signals a change in America's mind-set, led by one of our most dynamic new crusaders for stroke victims and their families.

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George H.W. Bush
Mark McEwen's Change in the Weather: Life After Stroke is a heartwarming tale of triumph against overwhelming odds. For anyone who has suffered a stroke or knows someone who has, Mark's words will make them laugh and cry, but mostly will give them hope. (George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States)
Harry Smith
Mark McEwen is one of America's great communicators. Read this book and you'll learn about the adventures of morning television, but you'll also find out how love and hard work brought a man who almost died back to life. (Harry Smith, anchor of The Early Show on CBS)
James Baranski
For the 6 million stroke survivors in this country, this is a book about humility, dignity, courage and never giving up. For the caregivers, it is a book about the trials and tribulations you have come to know all to well, and you will realize you are not alone. For the rest of us, it is a book about what you can do to save a life, including your own. Kudos to celebrity Mark McEwen for the courage to share his stroke recovery journey. He is a true champion, committed to restoring dignity to stroke survivors. (James Baranski, CEO of the National Stroke Association)
Edgar J. Kenton III
This is a must read for stroke survivors and their medical and non-medical care providers, for it offers a true use of the now popular term "change" for the present and future of our stroke providers, presented by a most talented professional spokesperson for the stroke community in particular, and the communication industry in general. We are most grateful for Mark's leading the charge with this book for a C-change in understanding of stroke. (Edgar J. Kenton, III, M.D. FAHA, FAAN, Former Chair of the Stroke Medical Advisory Committee, American Stroke Association/American Heart Association)
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Acclaimed anchorman, reporter, and weather analyst McEwen was riding atop the world. Then, at age 51, he was felled by two strokes. This, his memoir, which chronicles the ascendance of his career, his collapse, and his painstaking recovery, is both cautionary and inspirational, a personalized lesson in stroke awareness and treatment. Four-time Audie® Award nominee Richard Allen's masculine voice and enunciation befit a broadcast communicator's autobiography. Highly recommended for public library and nonfiction and health collections. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com.-Ed.]
—Judith Robinson

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"Richard Allen adds a friendly gravitas to this inspiring memoir." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592403714
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark McEwen was a fixture on CBS's The Early Show from 1987 to 2002.

Daniel Paisner has helped to write dozens of bestselling and headline-making books with prominent entertainers, athletes, business leaders, and politicians.

Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for Audiofile and Library Journal.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: You Bet Your Life   Bill Cosby     xi
Intro: It Ain't No Use to Sit and Wonder Why, Babe     1
Event: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been     13
Life Before Stroke: Stand-Up     38
Sand Lake: When You're Weary, Feeling Small     47
Life Before Stroke: Radio Days     73
Lucerne: Following You, I'll Climb a Mountain     81
Life Before Stroke: The Apple     108
Rehab: Try, Just a Little Bit Harder     115
Life Before Stroke: Wnew-Fm     134
Birc: Looks Like We're in for Nasty Weather     143
Life Before Stroke: CBS     170
Drive: When They Said Sit Down I Stood Up     177
Life Before Stroke: Orlando     194
Constraint: It's Getting Better All the Time     200
Home: And Who Knows Which Is Which and Who Is Who     219
Additional Resources     231
Acknowledgments     233
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