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on 6 September 2014
It's a seriously eye opening book, and easy read, which should be read by all, including people in the medical profession. Maybe this book should be among the books they have to read while training in their medical field, as one day they might have the huge responsibility to shut off that life support machine! More so, this could be you or one of your nearest and dearest in that bed not being able to vouch that you 'are still in there' as you cannot communicate! Clinicians would argue, and I'm sure rightly so, as this is a rare, that someone comes out, pretty much well as Richard Marsh finally did from this terrible situation...but who knows, as at the end of the day so very little is known about the brain! This book shows that there is an exception to 'the rule' and another life could be saved - and thank goodness this book has been written!
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on 10 June 2015
i'm about halfway through this book. i bought it because my father had a brain attack on good friday 2015, and, being such a rare stroke, and being locked in, i wondered how i could help my dad, understand his treatment, and understand what he was going through, from someone who had been through this unimaginably nightmarish condition (including the same kind of stroke in the same area of the brain) AND SURVIVED. and, this is what it has done. the treatments - despite us being in two different countries - have been the same, the doctors just as negative in their prognoses, the medical procedures, and, from what my dad manages to communicate to me, the same fears and feelings. i have got ideas on how to help him - literally, in the last 24 hours i've started using a spellboard with him, thanks to the suggestion in this book. i continue to recommend it to everyone on the ward (of course, his doctor dismissed it) as it is written in a way that anyone can understand what is going on, whatever your degree of knowledge on the subject. it is an essential book for anyone whose loved one is going through this. thank you, richard, for writing this.
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on 24 August 2014
I can't believe this man! what courage, what fortitude ,he made me cry,laugh and just marvel at his remarkable recovery.What a wonderful story.His terrifying ordeal made my chest constrict in fear for him so many times I'm just so happy he made it through .A wonderful book!!!
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on 20 June 2014
The subject interests me and this is a story that would confirm peoples' fear of finding themselves in this situation but give the hope that, with their determination and some luck, it can be overcome. A really valuable and interesting book.
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on 21 July 2014
Gripping account of a personal journey through fear, acceptance, recovery and thriving. The insights into Richard's thoughts, perceptions and feelings throughout this ordeal cut right to the core and leave you with a feeling of inspiration that anything can be overcome with the right mindset, and a supportive family. I'm glad this book is out there, and reading it will make you realize that every day you're alive is a gift.
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on 30 December 2014
This is a wonderful true story about Locked in syndrome, something I have always had a dread of. It is all explained from the patients point of view and makes for a great read.
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on 14 July 2014
Brilliantly written. A very moving account of a very real experience. Thank you for making me aware of the patient's experience.
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on 19 September 2014
A very illuminating account from the patient's point of view.
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on 30 October 2014
Excellent book, couldn't put it down.
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