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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450260306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450260305
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Gilbert on 15 May 2013
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If you think this is going to be a sad story about struggling with HIV, think again. If you want an unputdownable, exciting, (mad biker) funny, (the splits that wasn't meant to go quite that far) thought provoking read that changes how you think about life and how you can triple your enjoyment of life just by a thought process, then
you will love this, whether you are a stay at home mum, or a stressed out business man. I've given this 5 stars - but it deserves 10 for Vaughn's sheer honesty about every aspect of his life. I guarantee you'll give it 5 stars too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One Man's Review of Survivor: One Man's Battle . . . 20 Oct. 2010
By Dan McNally - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just finished this book, and am glad I read it. In it, Vaughn Ripley opens a window into a life in which he was dealt a lousy hand and still managed to win the game. Born with hemophilia; contracted HIV and Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion as a child; Vaughn started life a few strikes behind. This book details how that adversity shaped him as he grew and made him the man he is today, successful, funny, happy, loved and with an awesome wife and two beautiful children . . . after doctors told him as a child he'd die, soon. This is trulyan inspiring story for us all - and entertaining as can be!

I re-read this recently . . . enjoyed it as much as the first time . . . this really is a must read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Coping with Triple-H Diseases: HIV, Hemophilia and Hepatitis C 23 Oct. 2012
By RVwoman - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's hard to know where to start a review of SURVIVOR - because Vaughn Ripley is a "survivor" on so many levels. First, I would recommend this book based on its educational value. Simply stated, through a variety of medical mishaps, Vaughn (and later, his wife Kristine) have had to endure more medical procedures than a small village might experience in their collective lifetime.

Vaughn's intellectual capacity is reflected in his ability to explain how he copes with the Triple-H Diseases: HIV, Hemophilia and Hepatitis C. The stark reality of his daily life makes the rest of us who just coast through life, sit up and take notice, and remember to count our blessings. Some might become bitter and cynical, forced to deal with problems not of his own making, i.e., while fighting hemophilia, he contracted AIDS through a transfusion of bad blood. That's an excessive injustice.

Basically I'm a coward. I avoid physical altercations, and will cross the street to avoid a large dog or someone that could cause me bodily harm. Not so for Vaughn Ripley, the dare-devil, AKA, major risk-taker. I skim read some sections because I couldn't bear to know the details of how he pushed himself, to compete in motorcycle racing, and climbing mountains, to mention a few.

Vaughn pulls no punches, and has been very honest about employment and fertility issues that others might just sweep under the rug. I was privileged to attend his father's memorial service (Kim Ripley) and to watch the loving, caring side of Vaughn "blossom" as he reached out to family and friends, while keeping a watchful and loving eye on his mom, Kristine his wife and their beautiful children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Two very different stories 24 Oct. 2010
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Vaughn's life could have been scripted in the tradition of Joseph Campbell's hero monomyth. From the outset, you root for Vaughn as he overcomes bullying and his self-restriction from the activities he loved because they were too dangerous for someone with his hemophilia. Just as he has begun to find inner strength, his life is devastated by the batch or batches of bad blood containing HIV, which is still not his lowest point.

The real strength of Vaughn's writing is his ability to make you forget that he was battling the deadly viruses and deadly bleeding condition. In order to accomplish all Vaughn has accomplished HIV, Hep C and hemophilia had to be an afterthought to him... and his book reflects his thinking. Through the book you learn about the joys of off-road driving, rock climbing, mountaineering, motorcycle racing and all the other brushes with death that Vaughn warped into fantastic reasons to live (as well as database analysis). When reading you imagine yourself without fear, simply going out and doing all of the things the back of your head tells you that you cannot or should not do. Mid fantasy, imagining yourself capable of removing your fear, Vaughn writes a paragraph talking about throwing up his anti retroviral therapy multiple times a day and the fantasy comes crashing down around the reader into an unbelievable reality.

Vaughn's book builds a story of an entirely normal man with a very diverse set of interests and accomplishments, but the intermittent reminders of how tenuous his hold on life is compared to the reader's makes his story anything but ordinary. Survivor is clearly two different stories. There is one story that is of a normal life, where a teenager pushes his limits, finds his way through the women he loves and builds his career slowly and steadily through hard work. The second story is one where the fear of death and pain is completely removed from an otherwise normal, if not timid individual and what is possible if you throw caution to the wind and simply go for it. The two stories woven together create an inspiring story applicable and relevant to all of us. We all have limited time to live, and reading Survivor is an excellent reminder to get off the couch and get moving... regardless of our current struggles or lingering demons.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An honest and inspiring story 7 Nov. 2010
By Lori Swerda - Published on
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed very much reading this book and at times I felt like I was sneaking into and reading Vaughn's diary, because it was so personal and honest. It was like sitting with a friend who has great stories to tell and listening to all of them with a smile. It is truely inspiring what he has accomplished in a lifetime that some people thought he wasn't even going to be around for. It makes me think about what I have done with my time on "this place we affectionatley call earth" and what I want to do in my future. I am no daredevil like Vaughn Ripley and have no plans to climb mountains or jump out of airplanes however I am thinking on my own little level of what I want to accomplish now and I feel inspired to set a goal slightly beyond my own comfort zone. Vaughn has done amazing things with all the obstacles he has to overcome. Thank you for writing your story for all of us to share and understand your joy and pains. I'm sure you will continue to live life to the fullest and good luck bungee jumping!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow great read - could not put it down 17 Oct. 2010
By Hawkwind - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just finished the book. Wow great read! This was also an easy read. Whether you are going through as much as Vaughn or not, it really puts things in perspective for one's own life that someone can have so many things happen to them that would keep them down, but Vaughn fights back and pursues life to its fullest. It's an adventure story of Vaughn traveling through and conquering life. I expected the adrenaline junkie and health aspects based on the descriptions I've seen and it was great that he included all the other aspects of his life. I like the format, it covered Vaughn's every emotion thinkable invoking much emotion from me.

I so very much recommend reading this book for anyone even if its just for the adventure!!!
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