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Be The Best You Can Be ( polio my constant companion ) [Kindle Edition]

Michael B
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Book Description

If you are expecting a read that is full of anger, and blame and depression, then you will be disappointed. This book is an outline of the life of one survivor of this virus, and the legacy that remains after survival. It is hoped that it will encourage others with this, or other afflictions to see that there is always a life to be led. It may be far from the life you may have wished for, or indeed the life you might choose, but it is still a life, and hopefully with a sense of humour that shines through.
This story has not reached its conclusion as yet, as there may well be hurdles to jump in the future, but for now this is the living history.
This account is written in the victim's own words, as he lived it and as he viewed his life. It is a personal account.

...'On the first day the nurse asked "any pain?" to which I replied politely "no thank you".
I really was not intending to make her laugh, I was half conscious I think at the time, and was just answering the question as I had heard it ..'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 204 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058JFIGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insight 7 Jun. 2013
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This is the courageous yet ordinary sounding life of someone whose circumstances made everything harder. Michael has not allowed Polio to stop him from doing anything he wanted to do, from riding a bicycle to running successful businesses. In fact, his businesses became so successful he sold them on and took up other challenges. The account has a cheerful, upbeat quality that defies anyone to say that Michael is any different in his achievements, loves, hopes and aims than the next person. He has outshone many in his efforts and determination to succeed in anything he does. Well done Michael. Your message that anything a person wants enough is achievable, no matter what personal obstacles stand in the way, comes across clearly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Touching 29 July 2011
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It was a very unexpected read for me. I usually don't read non-fiction but Michael's story drew me in from the first page. It is an amazingly honest story of a man who never gave up. This book will deeply touch you and make you ask questions about yourself. What would you do if you were Michael? Would you be able to cope and remain true to yourself? Or would you become bitter and angry? The writing is very strong, flawless and motivating. It is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting ! 19 July 2011
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I read this book after just ten months of living with a badly broken leg, feeling sorry for myself and depressed at the reaction of strangers to my temporary disability. The book and it's Author are inspiring and have made me appreciate how lucky I am and forced me to look at my own coping strategies. Read it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting novellette-length autobiography. 17 July 2011
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An interesting, informative and often moving true story told by a truly gutsy character. To be struck down at a tender age by such a debilitating disease would make most people bitter to the core but the author survives into his middle-age with a perspective that is truly amazing. What Michael B proves in the telling of his story is that life really is what you make it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please. 14 July 2011
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This is a warm story told from the heart. Rather than a book read alone, I felt as if I was in a room with the author and he was telling me his story. Just as we do in conversation, or perhaps more especially when one is listening to someone tell their own story, it's not always perfect; but that authenticity for me, is part of its overall charm. I couldn't put it down, I took it to bed with me last night, and woke up early this morning to finish it. I have one complaint ..... It's too short! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring. 3 April 2012
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I couldn't put down this account of Michael B's determination to live as normal a life as possible after recovery from childhood polio. The story struck a chord with me as I recognized the struggles two of my childhood friends also faced as they grew up in the sixties with disabilities left after their survival from polio. Many people my age will recall the vaccines and the iron lungs that many a patient spent months and sometimes years in. It's a very brave story and one that's told from the heart. Highly recommend you read it, if only to be thankful that we've come a long way in the prevention of this awful disease that claimed so many young lives and left even more people with varying degrees of disablement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest
If there is a point to this book I'm afraid I missed it. I would not recommend this book as it does not have very much to do with the title.
Published 10 months ago by jan stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Be inspired.
In most books about polio it is " everyone should feel sorry for me". Michael does not give that impression at all. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Obby
2.0 out of 5 stars The best you can be(polio my constant companion)
I read this book as a polio survivor myself, contracted in the forties, and I can relate to many of the experiences Michael speaks of, although after almost 50 years continue to... Read more
Published on 10 April 2013 by herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Be The Best You Can Be (Polio My Constant Companion)
'Be The Best You Can Be' to me, this book says it all in that one phrase... It has been an inspirational read. The amazing story of a person's journey through life. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by HarriRomney
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I read this memoir at one sitting and was very sorry when it came to an end. The author's determination not to accept the restrictions polio placed on him since childhood is... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by H D. Steel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful write
I'm not sure what I expected before reading this story. I thought that it may have been one full of medical terminology describing how the author lived with polio. Read more
Published on 27 Dec. 2011 by Kimberly LaRocca
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