My Life, Deleted: A Memoir

My Life, Deleted: A Memoir

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by Scott Bolzan, Joan Bolzan, Caitlin Rother
     
 

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Scott Bolzan went to work on December 17, 2008, like any other Wednesday. By that afternoon, he'd lost every memory of his past.

Awakening in a hospital with no memory of who he was or how he got there, the forty-six-year-old didn’t know that the petite blonde at his side was his wife of twenty-four years, Joan—or even what a wife was. He

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Scott Bolzan went to work on December 17, 2008, like any other Wednesday. By that afternoon, he'd lost every memory of his past.

Awakening in a hospital with no memory of who he was or how he got there, the forty-six-year-old didn’t know that the petite blonde at his side was his wife of twenty-four years, Joan—or even what a wife was. He couldn’t remember the births of his two young-adult children, the daughter he’d lost, his time as an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, or his flourishing aviation career.

Scott’s life and the lives of everyone who loved him were forever changed when he slipped, hit his head, and lost consciousness in his office bathroom, suffering one of the most severe cases of permanent retrograde amnesia on record. With heartrending honesty and no shortage of humor, the Bolzans share their remarkable journey as Scott navigates his way through a now-unfamiliar world. The challenges are initially overwhelming: Scott’s debilitating headaches, his relearning of social etiquette (taking cues from The Sopranos!), Joan’s grief over the loss of the man she married and their shared history, the financial burden of Scott’s lost income, his mounting medical bills, and the agony of their twenty-year-old son’s struggles with drug addiction.

But remarkably, My Life, Deleted is above all else a celebration of extraordinary perseverance, and of the enduring love that emerges when we are most tested. Scott learns to trust his intuition in a way few people ever will, while Joan taps into a well of patience and resourcefulness she didn’t know she had. Throughout it all, what unfolds—against all odds—is an enviable romance as Scott and Joan fall in love all over again.

Both gut-wrenching and brimming with optimism, the Bolzans’ captivating story makes a powerful statement about commitment—and the possibility of finding extraordinary opportunity in life’s greatest challenges.

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Publishers Weekly
Bolzan, who briefly played with the Cleveland Browns, tries to make sense of his life when, after an accidental slip, he suffered memory loss. His fluke brain injury meant that everything he knew about his previous 46 years was wiped clean, and he was left with unbearable headaches, a family he didn't know, a job he couldn't do, and more questions than a toddler. Writing with the help of his wife, Joan, and journalist-novelist Rother, this memoir perfectly captures Bolzan's desperation and confusion. Even as the writers do a good job keeping up the suspense as to whether Bolzan's memory will ever come back, the up-and-down relationship between husband and wife, who must find out if they can fall in love all over again while also trying to figure out how to pay the bills and handle their son's heroin addiction, is the emotional glue that holds this work together. What the book lacks is Joan's perspective on what it's like to be with a man who didn't remember marrying her. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062025470
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Scott and Joan Bolzan married in 1984 and have two grown children. Scott is a former NFL football player and pilot, and he is currently the founder and CEO of Legendary Jets in Tempe, Arizona. Joan is a registered nurse and marketing executive. Since Scott’s traumatic brain injury in 2008, the Bolzans have become sought-after motivational speakers, sharing their story and life lessons with audiences nationwide.

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My Life, Deleted 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 34 reviews.
lmp1 More than 1 year ago
This book is life changing. Scott and Joan were put in a situation that totally changed their lives immeditely after his injury. I cannot even fathom the difficulties they faced. The best book I have ever encountered. Thank you Scott for sharing your life with us. It's a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. He was on Dr Phil and his story was interesting, so i felt the story was worth reading. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring story. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!!!! Couldnt put it down!!!
Gina Burghezi More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This entire book just kept repeating itself. I saw it as a "brag book" about how big his house was, how many cars he had, how much he could sell his yacht for, and how much money he made. NOT recommended!
Mary Michelle Adam More than 1 year ago
I heard Scott and his wife interviewed on a Chicago radio station and decided to buy the Nook book that day. One week later I finished the book. A relatively easy read and unbelievable story. Scott's story is very unique and thoughtprovolking. I would recommend it.
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A fascinating story - much credit to author for doing this; at the end, it does get overlong rehashing some events.
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Extremely good read. Scott's ordeal was and is scary - to think your life can just disappear in one second and to learn, eventually, that your memory may never come back. Scott's wife's dedication and devotion was unwavering. Many lessons learned here - medical, family devotion, individual, friends.
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