At the age of 32, Alexis Simmons believes she has the perfect life -- a loving husband, great job, wonderful friends, and a baby on the way -- until she goes into labor and everything falls apart. She awakens from a coma to discover her life is upside down. How can she put the pieces of her shattered life together against tremendous obstacles by her doctors, family and the legal system?
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About the Author
Kim Tennant is a mother, grandmother and Reiki Master who writes and illustrates children's books. She loves to write stories that inspire and touch the heart. Her art has been displayed by Yuba-Sutter Arts Council, American River Bank, Center for Contemporary Artists of Sacramento, and KVIE Art Auction.
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Shatterproof, Inspired by a True Story based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I am in the medical field. This book was assigned by a member in my bookclub and I was reluctant to read anything related to this field.I gave in and so glad I did. I read this book in 4 days. Once I started reading the story took me away. It is shocking to me that a medical team specializing in prenatal care could allow this to happen. The reader is sometimes left to wonder whether Alexis is to blame for the chaos that her life became after her stroke. Was sad when the book ended. Glad to know she remarried, but want to know how she and her daughter are doing today.
"Shatterproof" is a raw, heartpulling story of the devastation new-mother Alex experiences after suffering a stroke towards the end of her pregnancy due to Preeclampsia. Written through the eyes of Alex, the reader experiences her pain of high blood pressure, extreme headaches, rapid weight gain and fluid retention. Worst of all is the anguish of no one listening to her as she repeatedly complains that something is wrong, yet no one takes her seriously. As she suffers a stroke and is semi-conscious, she tries to yell out, but her body won't do her bidding. Her baby is born but is quickly whisked away, leaving Alex in mourning for those important first days of mother-daughter bonding. Alex's life changes drastically as the stroke leaves her body very weak and uncoordinated, her left arm swollen and useless and her left leg stiff and unwilling to bend. Alex's life completely changes, and she struggles to find happiness, love, and acceptance in her life. After arriving home from the hospital, it is evident that Alex's husband Reed, clearly misses his wife prior to the stroke. He becomes hardened and bitter in having to care for a handicapped woman, or "cripple" as he coldly refers to her later. Alex is slowly losing her husband to alcohol and a suspected mistress as evidenced by Reed's bloodshot eyes and tell-tale booze breath, and one afternoon she notices lipstick stains on the sheets in their own bed! She worries that their daughter, Meghan, has not bonded to her as she feels like a stranger to her own daughter and is unsure how to love her. But Alex tries desperately to save her family and be the loving, doting mother Meghan deserves and the beautiful, energetic wife that Reed fell in love with. While she doesn't win all of her battles, she never stops trying. However the road to recovery proves difficult and exhausting, and it's only through sheer determination that Alex vows to prove all the naysayers wrong. She vows to walk again after being told there was virtually no chance, she faithfully engages in numerous therapy programs and eventually enlists the help of Linda, a personal trainer who works aggressively with Alex in strength training exercises and is instrumental in helping Alex walk so she isn't dependent on a wheelchair all the time. Then there is Solange, a neighbor who visits Alex almost daily and provides friendly companionship as well as helping hands for basic tasks around the house that Alex has difficulty with - she even spies on Reed in hopes of coming up with derogatory information on him for Alex. While Reed has seemingly turned their daughter Meghan to be wary of her mother, Alex's gentle and loving patience works its way into Meghan's heart and mother and daughter come to bond and love each other just like Alex dreamed of loving her little girl. Author Kim Tennant does a wonderful job in sharing Alex's difficult, heart-wrenching journey back from having her life completely ripped apart. It's incredibly inspirational to see how Alex made commitments to herself to overcome and succeed, to be independent, and to realize that she can accomplish a great deal despite the setbacks that she has suffered. That the power of hope, faith, hard-work, and friendship is what made her goals attainable and how periodic episodes of levity made it bearable. This story turns the reader into a cheerleader for Alex and serves as a powerful lesson in overcoming debilitating odds. Highly recommended!
What an excellent read. The author must have really done her medical and judicial research for this book. It is disturbing to see the disconnect between some medical providers and patients. I very much recommend this book.