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Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet
     

Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet

by Francesco Clark
 

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Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to the Hamptons for the weekend. A nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he'd never move from his bed or breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a

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Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to the Hamptons for the weekend. A nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors announced that he'd never move from his bed or breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a doctor himself, investigated every opportunity for experimental treatment, and Francesco used all resources available to speed his recovery. To avoid having his lungs suctioned, he sang, loudly, for hours. And that was just the beginning. Francesco's accident left him unable to sweat out toxins, leaving his skin less than healthy. So Francesco and his father began to experiment, and Clark's Botanicals skin care line was born. It is now sold nationwide in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Fred Segal, and featured in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and other magazines. Seven years after the accident, Francesco continues to improve, in addition to running a thriving business.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Walking Papers is moving, funny, and inspiring---a gift to any person dealing with a chronic illness or condition." ---Michael J. Fox, author of Always Looking Up
Library Journal
At 24, Clark became paralyzed from the neck down when he accidentally dove into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He soon found himself suffering from other ailments as a result of his injuries, including the inability to sweat, which wreaked havoc on his skin. Despite the discouraging medical prognosis and his frequent bouts of depression, Clark forged ahead in life, working with his physician father to develop a line of all-natural skincare products that helped to alleviate his condition and eventually became a part of the skin-care company he today runs. Actor/musician Kirby Heyborne does an admirable job with the narration, managing wholly to channel Clark's determination, humor, optimism, and spirit. Though emotionally difficult to listen to at times, this inspiring account will appeal to anyone liking memoirs about overcoming adversity.—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400147274
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

John Demsey
Francesco Clark's personal journey is an inspiration to everyone. His triumph and achievements over adversity reflect the determination and faith of the human spirit. (John Demsey, president, Estée Lauder)
Linda Wells
I read Francesco Clark's Walking Papers when I should have been working, and was immediately swept into his story of crisis and hope. His doctors, his nurses, friends, and family all try to protect him from false hope. But Francesco's will is irrepressible and potent. His story is the triumph of optimism in the face of daunting, heartbreaking hopelessness. (Linda Wells, editor in chief, Allure)
From the Publisher
"Walking Papers is moving, funny, and inspiring—-a gift to any person dealing with a chronic illness or condition." —-Michael J. Fox, author of Always Looking Up
Lee Woodruff
Walking Papers so beautifully illuminates the tenacity of the human spirit and the desire to choose hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Francesco's fresh, engrossing book proves that a disability or diagnosis is not a death sentence, but a life sentence. His journey so aptly illustrates that there is life after devastation and trauma. I found myself cheering him from every page. (Lee Woodruff, coauthor, In an Instant)

Meet the Author

Francesco Clark is the founder of Clark's Botanicals, which has been featured in the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and many other publications. An ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, he lives in Bronxville, New York.

Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society.

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