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Althea: A Story of Love by Una Florence

An amazing journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of the power of true love.

On February 20, 2008, Althea wearily rose to greet the day with an aching jaw aching from recent dental work that robbed her from a restful night's sleep. Excited about this afternoon's final fitting, she scurried about the bathroom in her usual morning ritual. Momentarily losing her balance, she struck her head against the bathroom door as she tumbled to the floor. Suddenly, a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. As the effects of the stroke drained her of consciousness, she barely had time to lie down on a couch before becoming completely paralyzed.

Alone and unable to move, her husband Philip returned home to discover her snoring loudly on the couch. Believing her to be exhausted from the dental work, he allowed her to get some much needed rest. Hours later, he realized that something was seriously wrong. Through a host of frustrating delays, Althea entered surgery at eight o'clock the next morning, almost 24 hours later.

Althea survived this typically fatal experience with the power of intent, positive focus, and spirituality. But survival wasn't her final goal: complete recovery was.

Told through the eyes of a supporter, Philip shares a fascinating approach to Althea's recovery. What normally takes six to ten years of intense therapy and relentless work, Althea and Philip achieved in less than two.

Philip is convinced that Althea's stroke was the best thing that could have happened to their relationship. It has taught them that the power of intent and personal conviction can prevail in cases where all hope seems to be dashed on the craggy rocks of reality. Using a combination of visual, emotional, and spiritual goals, Althea: A Story of Love is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by a brain injury-be it a supporter or a victim-and an emotionally stirring testimony to the undeniable power of true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615386201
Publisher: Grasslands
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

A spiritual being having a human experience, Philip Rastocny has led an interesting life in this body. Upon his soul's entry into physical form, Philip felt in touch with his spirit from a very early age. Questioning the interpretation of reality presented by his own senses, the only truth he found was his connection with the Creator. Exploring the mysteries of life and searching for the answers to classic questions like Why am I here? and What is life all about? made his personal spirituality his primary focus.

While in youthful physical form, Philip's Karma attracted him to science and math thereby embracing the fascinating mechanical aspects of life. Marveling at how things worked, he was intrigued by complex designs. At age six, he routinely disassembled clocks, lamps, and play toys reassembling them all without a hitch. Building blocks and left over hardware scraps were a huge source of entertainment and an outlet for his creativity.
His inquiring spirit found a similar fascination with personal relationships. In them, he discovered something new-his emotions transcended physical form and bonded with his insatiable search for understanding. Puzzled by the conflicting priorities between the heart and the mind, he sought balance after permitting his mind to manage-and correspondingly ruin-these relationships.
Along his passionate journey, he consistently chose love and desired to experience it at its highest level. While enjoying the physical form, love's emotional intensity far exceeded anything his body desired. Like dissecting a clock, he wanted to explore all there was to know about this unique feeling. Love is still his primary journey, and one that appears to have no end.
When finding his soul mate, Althea, their immediate attraction was like two magnets jumping towards each other, and his journey seemed complete. From the first moments of their meeting they were inseparable. Different from enmeshment, their respect and encouragement for individual choice and unquestioning support led them to live a life of unconditional love and happiness that poets ponder.

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