An unforgettable true journey. One that could happen to anyone. Life is a journey with curves. But read on to know that these curves can be thrown at you, the reader. Will you be ready? Will people stand by you, or will you be labeled a freak?
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No Way Not Me, by Jo Anne Franz, is a true story that revolves around a most devastating medical condition: epilepsy. The primary symptoms are blackouts, seizures, and involuntary movements of the limbs. More than revealing the tragic aspects of this condition, however, this is also a riveting tale of trauma and the return to normalcy thereafter. Franz uses No Way Not Me to assist and inspire the reader into a better understanding that one need not be bound by stigmas or labels (e.g. epileptic), but can lead normal, healthy, productive lives. The main character of this book, Jo, is a typical college student living the typical college life-fun, partying, and romance. Growing up, Jo suffered from obesity, which often deflated her self-esteem and perception of herself. Her esteem booster is her older brother, Ron, who protectively looks after her, making sure that her naiveté isn't leading her into trouble. Throughout her life, she had been searching for someone who would look beyond this and see her inner beauty-someone who appreciates her often less conspicuous qualities. She finally finds the right man, Bill, who, though dashing himself, loves Jo and sees beyond her physical flaws. When Jo is involved in a tragic auto accident, causing her to hit her head and black out, the story takes a turn for the worse, and epilepsy turns Jo's life upside down. She has to withdraw from school and her lack of self-esteem reemerges because she feels she is labeled again-especially for a condition over which she has no control. Despite Bill's genuine concern, a stifling sense of helplessness consumes Jo. When Jo is admitted into the hospital, her condition worsens: her motor skills are depleted and she experiences grand mal epileptic seizures that cause her to be out for good portions of the day. Her time at the hospital is anything but normal, as the doctors want her placed in a jacket that all but eliminates her mobility. Throughout this harrowing experience, Bill remains true to Jo. Her family also supports her, visiting often, and always lightening up the tense atmosphere with humor. Eventually, she regains control of her legs, begins taking courses at the junior college, and earns a job as a financial advisor. Despite her epilepsy, Jo leads an otherwise traditional life-marriage, honeymoon, and even a baby. The most intriguing aspect of her return to a stable life, however, is Joe's accomplishment of becoming a registered nurse. Jo's achievement of becoming a nurse is truly inspiring for anyone who has ever aspired to accomplish something, regardless of myriad barriers that may be in the way. As evidenced by Jo, the key is to stay positive and understand that it is still possible to lead a fulfilling life in the face of adversity