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Julia Fox Garrison refused to listen to the professionals she called Dr. Jerk and Dr. Panic, who — after she suffered a massive, debilitating stroke at age thirty-seven — told her she’d probably die, or to Nurse Doom, who ignored her emergency call button. Instead she heeded the advice of kind, gifted Dr. Neuro, who promised her he would “treat your mind as well as your body.” Julia figured if she could somehow manage to get herself into a wheelchair, at least she’d always find parking. But after many, many ...
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Julia Fox Garrison refused to listen to the professionals she called Dr. Jerk and Dr. Panic, who — after she suffered a massive, debilitating stroke at age thirty-seven — told her she’d probably die, or to Nurse Doom, who ignored her emergency call button. Instead she heeded the advice of kind, gifted Dr. Neuro, who promised her he would “treat your mind as well as your body.” Julia figured if she could somehow manage to get herself into a wheelchair, at least she’d always find parking. But after many, many months of hospitalization and rehab — with the help of family, friends, and her own indomitable spirit — Julia not only got into a wheelchair, but she got back out.

Don’t Leave Me This Way is the funny, inspiring, profoundly moving true story of a woman’s fight for her life and dignity — and her determined quest to awaken an entrenched, unfeeling medical community to the fact that there’s always a human being inside every patient.

“Worth reading, every page of it.” —Detroit Free Press

“Inspiring. . . . A moving story that pulls readers through her most humbling and most triumphant moments.” —Boston Magazine

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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)
Publishers Weekly
Garrison, a 37-year-old Boston-area woman with a great husband and a fine three-year old boy, was busy at work when she suddenly felt "a throbbing pain in the right side of her head... a volcano erupting inside her skull." The next thing she knew, her family was gathered around her hospital bed, and she couldn't feel the whole left side of her body. She'd had a massive brain hemorrhage and had only survived thanks to some very risky surgery. Doctors were divided about why she'd had this stroke; indeed, Garrison spent the next weeks and months fending off a dire diagnosis, vasculitis, from the pseudonymous "Dr. Jerk." Most of the professionals she dealt with were negative, wanting her to accept that she'd never walk again or have a full, satisfying life. But Garrison, with the help of her supportive husband, brothers, parents, friends and a few gifted therapists and doctors, managed an extraordinary recovery. By book's end, she is walking (albeit with difficulties), actively parenting again, trying to sue the makers of the cold syrup that triggered her stroke and giving motivational talks to doctors' groups. Her humorous, tear-jerking, struggle-to-recover-against-all-odds story is a lesson in finding silver linings. (June 13) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Garrison was a thirtysomething software professional living in suburban Boston and surrounded by a large and loving family when she suffered what was eventually diagnosed as a brain hemorrhage and stroke that left one side of her body paralyzed. This book, based on her privately printed memoir, P.S. Julia: Missing a Piece of Your Mind Can Be Puzzling, tells the story of her more than yearlong struggle toward recovery in the 1990s. Garrison has few kind words for the medical profession or the Boston-area hospitals at which she was treated and does not downplay the many indignities of her intensive rehabilitation effort, including her guilt over not being able to take proper care of her young son. This well-written, episodic memoir is neither a caregiver's guide nor a self-help manual, and despite the author's best efforts to be flippant and put a happy face on her medical calamities, it is more harrowing and disturbing than amusing or quirky. Appropriate for public libraries, especially those lacking in up-to-date personal medical narratives by younger people, such as Tania Katan's remarkably upbeat account of her struggle with breast cancer, My One-Night Stand with Cancer. Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wisecracking memoirs of a young woman who suffered a stroke and is still working to recover from it. Garrison was only 37 when the stroke occurred in the right hemisphere of her brain, leaving her with impaired vision and balance and paralysis on the left side of her body. The author writes disconcertingly in the third person in the two first chapters, switches to the second person for the following chapters, then changes to the first person for the final two chapters. Possibly her intention is to reflect changes in her perception of herself as she experiences a devastating life-altering injury and slowly comes to terms with what has happened to her. Garrison, however, is not subtle; she yells, curses, cries (in private), jokes, belittles, rages and demands. Doctors she does not like she dubs Dr. Jerk and Dr. Panic, and she uses quick sarcasm on unnamed nurses, aides, therapists and others who don't measure up. Her humor may sometimes be forced and a bit heavy-handed, but it is most often directed at herself. She firmly believes that attitude is the secret to success, and her determination to survive and to get better sees her through some exceedingly rough times. Her early excursions outside the hospital are nearly disastrous yet truly funny, as are her adventures at home with a three-year-old. While chemotherapy is forced upon her, she explores other avenues on her own: acupuncture, Botox, a faith healer at a friend's church and even a teenager in a coma who is believed by some to be in direct contact with Jesus. In the end, there is no magic cure, and her recovery can only ever be partial. If there is a message here, it's for anyone who's had a bruising encounter with the health-caresystem. The inspiring story of a feisty woman who stands up, literally and figuratively, and fights for her rights as a human being.
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Worth reading, every page of it.”
Booklist
“Inspirational is too weak a word to describe Garrison’s memoir.”
Boston Magazine
“Inspiring...A moving story that pulls readers through her most humbling and most triumphant moments.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Readers can bring this book to the beach and laugh out loud...There are also moments showing Garrison’s incredible sensitivity.”
Detroit Free Press
“ Garrison can write. She is sharp, terse, tough and wry, especially wry.”
Chicago Tribune
“Wickedly humorous, brutally honest.”
Elle
“Fierce optimism and even fiercer wit…(A) unique tone and utterly un-maudlin appeal.”
BookPage
“Garrison is exceptional because of her response to her experiences, not because of them.”
Mehmet Oz MD
“A stroke (literally) of luck helped define the essence of her life. Her inspirational story can help us find ours.”
MD - Mehmet Oz
"A stroke (literally) of luck helped define the essence of her life. Her inspirational story can help us find ours."
Gary Sobelson
“This book changed the way I practice medicine.”
Carol Kauffman
“Julia Fox Garrison’s story isn’t just about her own recovery, it’s about the best in all of us.”
Brenda Michaels and Rob Spears
“She has raised the bar on honesty and irreverence… to the level of sacred.”
Elle
“Fierce optimism and even fiercer wit…(A) unique tone and utterly un-maudlin appeal.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455864324
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Fox Garrison lives north of Boston with her husband, young son, and dog. Before her stroke, she had a successful career as a software support manager. Now she is regularly invited as a motivational speaker to doctors' groups around the country.
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Don't Leave Me This Way

Or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry
By Julia Garrison

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Julia Garrison
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0061120618

Chapter One

One of the Rats
in the Race

July 17, 1997

she was southbound on route 128, driving to work and doing her daily ritual, thanking God for her son, Rory, and her husband, Jim, and all of her family and her friends and her job and the fact that she and Jim were talking about having another baby and the fact that she had lost weight thanks to that stuff she was taking and the fact that she had a good marriage, and she finished thanking God and quickly glanced in the rearview mirror and changed lanes confidently and safely and started thinking about precisely how she was going to handle the switchover of the phone system at work while making everything look SEAMLESS to the customers calling in, customers who didn't know (and didn't much care) that her company was moving from one building to another, or that BIG, BIG CHANGES were in the works. And she thought, Bring it on.

Southbound on 128. And she thought, Seamless.

And as she was driving it didn't occur to her to thank God for the ability to stand, or to walk, or to drive, or to take a shower herself, or to dress herself, or to have a functioning circulatory system, or to make herway to the toilet unescorted, or to change her own tampon rather than watch helplessly as a total stranger did so, or to wipe her own ass for that matter. And had she thought of these things she would certainly have been thankful to God for them, but as of the morning of July 17, 1997, it had never occurred to her to even notice them, much less express gratitude for them.

Southbound on 128 and driving and thinking that last week her boss had sat her down and told her "Big, big changes are in the works," and "I'll be honest with you, the company is going through a major transition," and "We need you to keep everybody in your department upbeat, that's what you're so good at," and "Don't get me wrong, this is a question of survival," and "You're the best team player we've got," and "The transition has to be seamless." Big, big changes in the works. "Don't let them throw you."

Southbound on 128 and remembering the huge cutout of Babe Ruth she'd put together for the party with the president when he introduced his new management team and the theme was "The Winning Team." She'd managed to track down a life-size stand-up photo of the Babe and she'd put a baseball cap with the company logo on it and it got a standing ovation. She'd decorated her department with a baseball theme, even hiring a hot dog and popcorn vendor. There were different positions for her coworkers to play -- the batting cage, the pitching mound. Boosting morale within the company. Big, big changes were in the works and everything was going to be seamless, goddammit, seamless.

Southbound on 128, a little sleepy, time to wake up now, thankful that she knew the road as well as she did. Thankful she knew exactly what was in front of her. Bring it on.

A long time ago you had a vision.
"You're going to be in a wheelchair for a while. But it's going to make you a better person."
You saw yourself in a wheelchair in the dream. When you woke up you felt confused.

Her normal routine was that she would take a lunchtime walk with Berkeley, the other customer support manager; together, they would walk close to four miles in under an hour, and discuss department strategies while they got in a little exercise. On July 17, they both had to go to separate manager events, so they decided not to walk at lunchtime. She was feeling congested and tired and was slightly relieved that they were not going to be walking.

She sent out a short e-mail to her department, asking if anyone had some kind of cold medicine. She wanted to use it to help relieve her symptoms so she could continue with her plans for the day.

A coworker responded: "I picked up some over-the-counter stuff at the pharmacy; you're welcome to it."

She swung by the cubicle, picked up the medicine, headed to the bathroom, swigged some water, and got on with her day.

at noon she went to the building cafeteria and made a salad from the salad bar.

She had the salad in her office while she composed an e-mail regarding her department's imminent move to another facility, which was scheduled for the end of the week. She was planning on staying at the local hotel over the weekend to oversee the relocation. A coworker came by her office to ask if she wanted a ride to the manager's event in Tyngsboro. She said she was still writing the e-mail with the details of everyone's responsibilities for the move. "Go on ahead and I'll meet you there," she said.

At a little past two, she felt a throbbing pain in the right side of her head. It was as if a switch had been flipped. The pain was immediate -- a volcano erupting inside her skull.

She saw randy, the department vice president, and told him she had a throbbing headache. He suggested going to the bathroom and trying to throw up. He seemed to think that the pressure would release if she threw up her breakfast. The idea didn't exactly bathe her in relief.

The pain was now excruciating.

She knew it was serious. She knew she had to go to the hospital. She was unsure what hospital she should go to. There was the hospital where she had delivered her son, but it was not a hospital her primary care provider was affiliated with. Her new primary care doctor was about thirty-five miles away. The sister hospital was about ten miles away. She had to make a choice. But her head wasn't working in its usual optimal choice-making mode. She needed some help.

Continues...


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Introduction

ABOUT: Julia Fox Garrison's deeply moving memoir cannot fail to have a powerful impact on anyone who reads it, even if they've never had a major life crisis. One day at the office, Garrison innocently takes an over-the-counter cold remedy. Hours later she has a major vent in her brain that leaves her entire right side paralyzed and her mind confused and afraid. She fights to regain her health and her life, in the face of stubborn doctors who misdiagnose her and tell her that she will never walk again, or drive, or be anything like the highly active person she was before. Garrison holds her own against these limits with every weapon in her arsenal, from outright anger, to insisting on regular visits from a manicurist. With bravery, honesty, and fierce humor, she leads the reader through her recovery step by step. She gives the reader an uncompromising look into the medical industry and its pitfalls and into the radiant strength of one woman's heart.

Questions for Discussion

QUESTION: 1. What is it about Garrison's character before her injury that helps her to fight misdiagnosis and recover?

2. When someone is disabled, receiving help can be both a blessing and a challenge. Discuss some of the ways in which both were true for Garrison.

3. Garrison writes at length about the problem of getting doctors to really listen to their patients, and then to respect what they say about their own symptoms. Why do you think this problem is so widespread?

4. Discuss the roles that Garrison's family—parents, siblings, husband and child—played in her recovery.

5. Garrison insists that she somehow knows that her diagnosis is wrong. Where does this kind of knowing come from?

6. Anger plays a great part in Garrison's story; it is definitely a healing tool. What part does acceptance play?

7. How did you feel about the fact that the corporation that made the cold remedy was never held responsible for what happened to Garrison?

8. At the end of the book, Garrison includes a list of guidelines for doctors. Would you show these guidelines to your own doctor? Why or why not?

9. How did you react to the episode where Garrison's well-meaning brother drops off a whole cooked chicken for her and then leaves, forcing her to lower her face into it in order to eat it?

10. After reading Garrison's story, do you feel that you might think differently about your own health and you relationship with doctors and medical care?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Amazing,uplifting read!

    Couldnt put this book down.loved her positive,upbeat ,honest account of what she had to deal with.in person she is just as vibrant as her book ! Good luck Julia !!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Great inspiring book. I am so glad this was recommended for me

    Great inspiring book. I am so glad this was recommended for me to read. When I started it, I couldn't put it down. When I finished it, I read it all over again. Valuable life lessons have been taken. Reading this book has made a difference in me. I have been inspired and motivated to live a better life. I am hoping that Julia Fox Garrison writes another book soon. I am looking forward to hearing more.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    This is kind of book that you cannot put down until you finish,

    This is kind of book that you cannot put down until you finish, and when you finish you want to go right back to the beginning and read it again.  There are many lessons to be learned throughout her personal story, but if you put it down and think about the bigger picture you may realize that the author's message transcends her individual experience; the kind of wisdom that this book contains is universal, and applies to anyone and everyone.  Even if you disagree with some of the author's personal beliefs, or her outlook on the medical profession, or the even the world in general, her message is 100% objective: positivity, love, laughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Don't Leave Me [Chapter Two]

    Amy continues crying with her headin her hands. Her thick, brown hair was a mess, and her eyes were beginning to look swollen from her crying. She couldn't catch a grip on reality, that Jeremy, her brother, was dead. She sobbed, her heart aching. "How could this happen," she kept thinking. "How could he be gone? How? I can't believe it...." She picks up her phone off the ground, still sobbing. Through tears she could see that the top of her phone was fslighly cracked. She wiped her eyes, though still crying, and shakily called her mom back. Her mother answers, sobbing too. "Amy?" The woman's rang through the phone. Amy tries cming herself down, and tries to talk her best, thcough she was still crying. "Mom....how's Jeremy dead? What happened?" Amy asks. Her mother's crying got a little heavier through the phone, but Amy could still hear her mother say, "He got shhot.." Amy paused, clutching the phone so she couldn't drop it again. "Sh- sh- shot?.." She repeats in a question-like statemtn, because she just couldn't believe it. Her mother replies with a, "yes." Amy says a few more words to her mother before hanging up. She sets her phone down on the coffee table, before she plopped down on her blue sofa. She stared straight ahead, her mind clouded with greif. She was now late for work, but that was the least of her worries. She couldn't stop wondering, "why him? Why not another? Why not me?" She finally stands up, and walks down the hall, into a bathroom. On the right, she walked to a sink, and looked into the mirror above the sink. She sighs, and grabs a wash-cloth and began washing her face. She dryed her face off, before sitting down on a wooden stool. She grabbed a brush, and began brushing her thick, wavy, long hair. It reached about half-way down her back. After getting the tangles out, she applied some make-up. She then put on some decent clothing; a black silky top, with beige slacks, and sneakers. She put on some sunglasses to hide that she had been crying, and headed out to work. She hopped in her car, and backed out of the driveway, before driving off to work. <p> END OF CHAPTER TWO. Read chapter three at the next result. Thank you! Sorry it was short. (It's 2:28 A.M., so I'm too tired to type) But I shall post another Chapter tomorrow! Post ratings and comments please!

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Get to know someone who touches lives by autographing everything

    Get to know someone who touches lives by autographing everything she does with excellence! Julia's story is one of hope and inspiration to everyone she touches. Nearly 400 educators were energized in our school district by her message this week as she  spoke to us about the life lessons she has learned in her journey. It felt as though each of us was the only one in the room as she read  from her work and bestowed upon us her &quot;wit and wisdom.&quot;  Personally meeting Julia was a  serendipitous event. Reading her book renews your spirit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    A recommeded must read. The story incorporates suspense, heartac

    A recommeded must read. The story incorporates suspense, heartache, frustration and stand-up comedian humor that will make you belly laugh. No matter where you are in life you can not come away from this book without learning many life lessons. You will be disappointed when the book ends..continue on and and be in the audience when Julia speaks..she is magnificent! You will come away from that feeling so uplifted! Through all that has been taken from her she has been given a rare gift in what she gives to others.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Beating the odds! Initially, I did not want to read this book. I

    Beating the odds!
    Initially, I did not want to read this book. I thought a story about brain injury would be too upsetting. Was I ever wrong! Julia&rsquo;s story is one of triumph over unimaginable adversity. Her spirit, determination and humor are unstoppable. As an author, Julia has a unique and powerful voice as she recounts her own deeply personal story of loss, laughs and love. Without sugarcoating any aspect of her trauma or recovery, Julia shares her most intimate moments with the reader. As a result, her candor, humor and honor create a bond with the reader and you feel like good friends. This is the most uplifting book I&rsquo;ve read in a long time. A great read that would make a great movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Julia's story is both heartwarming and hilarious! The way she de

    Julia's story is both heartwarming and hilarious! The way she dealt with her recovery is an inspiration to us all and provides a valuable example of how important family and humor are when dealing with difficult situations in life. Her writing is humorous, lively and authentic... You will find yourself enthralled by her story!

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    I think this book is amazing. It truly reminds us the importance

    I think this book is amazing. It truly reminds us the importance of staying positive. I would make recommend it to anyone that is going into the medical field or that is a patient. It reminds us that each person is unique and should be treated accordingly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    AWESOME

    This is a MUST READ for anyone in thecmedical field! A
    s a neuro nurse it particularly touched my heart but it is a wonderful book for anyone who has suffered a stroke or has had a family member who has. I have recommended it to many of my patients and their families and even to a few doctors. Julia Fox has an amazing outlook on life and her wit and sense of humor make this a wonderful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Amazing Story Amazing Woman

    This book chosen by our book club was a quick read. Julias story is full of so many of the lessons in life: from a great attitude, to the "unknown" of the medical world, the love of family, the power of positive spirit, perseverance, proper perspective, listening to the inner voice, courage, the list goes on. Highly recommend for anyone dealing with a major struggle in life. DARL

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    INSPIRATIONAL & MOTIVATING!

    I picked up this book with no idea what it was about. I loved the cover however I was wondering why the person on the cover was so happy & what happened to her. I really enjoyed reading this book & have been telling all my friends & family about it. Illness or not, a lot of people would be happier if they lived their lives with a more positive attitude. I so admire Julia's strength, courage, sense of humor, positive attitude, & determination. If you take the time to read this book about an amazing woman, you will be inspired & motivated to live a better life!

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    If your gonna read one good book this summer read Don't leave me this way,it's worth your time......

    Loved this book,truly inspirational,even for someone without a disability this book helps you put life in prospective.It makes you thankful for all aspects of your life.Julia Fox makes you laugh and cry. I wanted to go get a job in a rehab hospital just so I could be nice to the patiants.Do yourself a favor and get this book.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    An Inspiration

    Don't Leave Me This Way is an amazing story of strength and determination, a story that allows the reader opportunity to reflect and be grateful for the simplicities in life. Surprisingly I could not believe how much of this story I actually related to, having cared for someone terminally ill. This is a quick easy read that will bring you to both laughter and tears. I LOVED every page of it and highly recommend this book. Everyone should own a copy and when you're having a bad day open it to any page...it really helps put life into perspective. Cheers to Julia and her wonderful attitude!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    A must read! Especially if you work in the health care field!

    Although going through a horrible event, Julia keeps the spirit of "laughter is the best medicine". As a health care provider, it opened my eyes to how we sometimes see a diagnosis rather than a person. I've had the pleasure to meet Julia and she is a true inspiration.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Phenomenal Book!!!

    A woman suffers a massive, debilitating brain hemorrage...doesn't sound very uplifting, but it has to be one of the most entertaining, powerful, uplifting, absolutely hysterical books I have read in a long time. Julia has such wit, and determination the reader finds himself/herself routing for Julia and thinking "I wish I could be as strong as her" Julia also relies on her intuition and the fact that she knows her body better than anyone else, including the doctors, and she's right!! I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to be inspired and empowered. One warning though, once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down, so take care of business before you start reading!!

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF AGE.

    I could not put this book down!
    I Highly recommend this book. It doesn't matter if you have had a medical issue in your life, or not.
    Julia tells her story, with humor, passion and encourages all of us to think about how much we really take for-granted in our day to day living.
    I laughed, cried and took away some very important lessons.
    Thank you Julia!

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

    Positive Outlook = Positive Outcome - Read this book, learn more and be inspired to make a difference in your life and others!

    I purchased this book - Don't Leave Me This Way - after seeing the author - Julia Fox Garrison speak at a local school. I couldn't resist - I needed to know more about her and her story. There is a story here that needs to be told and even more importantly - needs to be read. After reading this book you will be look at things in a different way - the 'why me' factor is not the focus here - the focus is - 'my attitude will be the one that makes a difference in my life as well as in other people's lives.' It is a lesson for all ages and that is why this book should be read by all - teens to adults - in any profession. While it can give hope to those who are suffering and experiencing challenges currently - it also touches those who may not be going through a challenge at the time - yet it will help them refocus their everyday attitude and when they may experience some difficulties in the future - they will be more equipped to handle them. Go ahead - read this one - trust me you will want to share the message by the time you finish reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    A must read eye opener

    As a college student going into the medical field, I found this book very helpful! I've always known that health care workers can be rude at times but Julia's situation opened my eyes to how it can affect a patient. I understand the need to detach yourself from the horrible situations you see people in everyday but I now I also see how a simple smile can make a difference. Thanks to Julia, I have made it a goal to put a smile on my patients' faces.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    AMAZING book! A MUST READ for health care professionals and anyone who has a family member or friend who has survived a stroke!

    This book was FANTASTIC. Julia Fox Garrison is an amazing writer and has a unique perspective on strokes - as she herself knows what it is like to survive one. Her story makes you laugh and makes you cry as she writes about her trials and tribulations. It is very thought provoking and brings an emotional, humanistic side to brain injury. Julia's book is inspiring and uplifting. This book should be a required read for any therapist, doctor, or nurse looking to work with men and women who are recovering after any type of neurological trauma. I highly recommend this book - you won't be disappointed!!

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