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Picture this: You're in your mid-30s, you have a terrific husband, an adorable young son, and a great job. You're at your office on an ordinary day, when suddenly you get a bad headache. The pain worsens and becomes unbearable. Time for an Excedrin? Nope, you're having a stroke.
Welcome to the world of Julia Fox Garrison, the real-life participant in this nightmare-come-true. Writing in a powerful second-person voice, she describes her harrowing first days in the hospital, and ultimately, learning that her left side is now paralyzed. With indomitable spirit and incredible determination, Garrison begins, with the help of her friends and family, the overwhelming job of regaining mobility while staving off the pompous and misinformed doctors who not only misdiagnose her but are committed to her acceptance of their judgments -- including their verdict that she'll spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Terrifying, sad, and inspirational, Garrison's memoir is also, improbably, hysterically funny. With an uncanny sense of irony, she infuses her painful road to recovery with comic relief at every turn. But the most surprising aspect of her tale is the cause of her stroke, a shocker that will leave readers fuming -- and tossing their over-the-counter cold remedies into the trash. (Fall 2006 Selection)