A 27-year-old woman returns home from the gym and her world changes forever when she nearly dies from a massive cerebellar stroke. Unbeknownst to her, Sara was taking combined estrogen and progesterone birth control medication while experiencing migraines with aura — a potentially lethal contraindication. Progesterone-only birth control is the safest to take.
After spending six months in rehab in California, she returns home to the great state of Wisconsin with her incredible and loving parents and continues rehab there. Sara remains patient, positive, and persistent in her fight back to overcome the effects of this devastating condition.
A must-read for anyone who has experienced a stroke, and for the loved ones who care for them.
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Table of Contents
My Happy Pre-stroke Life
Chapter 1 - Almost Too Late
Chapter 2 - The Emergency Continues
Chapter 3 - In the ER, the Emergency Still Continues
Chapter 4 - My Living Guardian Angels (my parents)
Chapter 5 - My Family’s Nightmare Begins
Chapter 6 - Cautiously Optimistic
Chapter 7 -Transition out of ICU
Chapter 8 - More Angels
Chapter 9 - Caringbridge.org
Chapter 10 - Caringbridge.org (part II)
Chapter 11 - First Stop on the Rehab Train: Topanga Terrace
Chapter 12 - New Friends and Roommates
Chapter 13 - What’s Happening to Me?
Chapter 14 - Second Stop: Northridge Hospital
Chapter 15 - “When You Say Wis-Con-Sin …”
Chapter 16 - Let’s Stretch
Chapter 17 - “…You’ve Said It All”
Chapter 18 - My Occupational Therapy
Chapter 19 - Give Me a Hand (OT continued)
Chapter 20 - Physical Therapy
Chapter 21 - Speech Therapy
Chapter 22 - Living Back in God’s Country
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You never know how strong you have to be until its the only choice you have. Sara explains it perfectly. Her determination & fight are unmatched. I love hearing how her parents fought & advocated for her and never gave up. This is a great read. I couldnt put it down. Ladies listen to Sara's message please!!!
Excellent book about survival, fierce determination, love and overcoming the odds. I found this book surprisingly emotional to read which I believe is a testament to the author's outstanding job relaying the details of her incredible journey to the reader. A great reminder to all to become our own advocate in the healthcare system as well. I highly recommend this book!
Great message for all women out there!! In depth look at the struggles of overcoming a stroke at a young age. I read it in one sitting!
This book is remarkable in so many ways. It offers one of the clearest messages of hope and determination I've ever read. Sara Anderson's account of the disastrous effects of a massive stroke, which nearly took her life, is candid, honest, and amazingly positive. She faced total paralysis with a positive attitude and never thought of giving up! As she stated in several places in the book, she was determined to recover and to become her normal self once again. This book is really a must-read for anyone with severe illness or with a loved one who is struggling to overcome the odds. A 10 thumbs up!!