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My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke / Edition 1
     

My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke / Edition 1

by Robert McCrum
 

ISBN-10: 0393046567

ISBN-13: 9780393046564

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A frank and moving memoir of the stroke that felled the author at his peak of vigor and achievement.
On the morning of July 29, 1995, Robert McCrum — 42 years old, just two weeks newly married, at the top of his profession as one of British publishing's most admired editors, in what he thought was the full bloom of health — awoke to find himself

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A frank and moving memoir of the stroke that felled the author at his peak of vigor and achievement.
On the morning of July 29, 1995, Robert McCrum — 42 years old, just two weeks newly married, at the top of his profession as one of British publishing's most admired editors, in what he thought was the full bloom of health — awoke to find himself totally paralyzed on the left side, the victim of a stroke brought on by a massive cerebral hemorrhage. After a nightmarish day struggling to reach a phone, he finally summoned help. In the weeks to come, he would have to face the reality that his life had irrevocably changed and that medical science, maddeningly, could neither pinpoint the cause of the stroke nor offer any guarantee of recovery. What ensued was a battle beset by frustration and depression but equally marked by small victories, the help of dedicated physicians and therapists, and, first and last, the support of his new wife, whose love proved equal to their dismaying circumstances.My Year Off is an eloquent story of hope, written with the sort of candor and detail that the author believes has been missing in the literature of strokes up to this time. It is as well a grown-up love story of the most realistic — and hence, inspiring — kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393046564
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
A Severe Insult to the Brain1
1 One Fine Day4
2 An Awfully Big Adventure17
3 In the Blood24
4 Brain Attack32
5 My New Life46
6 Sarah60
7 `Robert McCrum Is Dead'70
8 `Not a Drooling Vegetable'88
9 Death and Dying115
10 Better Dead129
11 Deficits140
12 Slowness166
13 The Rapids176
14 Seizing the Carp191
15 An Aspirin and a Glass of Wine211
16 Candlemas225
Further Reading, Some Useful Addresses and Acknowledgements227

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