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Independently produced I’m Not Dead… Yet! available in paperback!

We decided to go the independent route when we were told by the publishing industry:

‘Cancer sells. Heart doesn’t.’

As requested by so many, we have produced a print version of Robby’s medical memoir I’m Not Dead… Yet!  Here’s where you can get it:

https://www.createspace.com/3926926  This is our own book page at Create Space. (Create Space is a terrific place for independent authors to sell their books.)

This paperback version of I’m Not Dead… Yet! is 6×9 and has a beautiful color cover with an all black and white interior. None of the bells and whistles of the multimedia version for the iPad, (or even the Kindle Fire or Color Nook or Google Nexus7), but if you purchase the physical book and write us here, we will send you links to the prologue  and epilogue read by Robby and all of the calming slide shows he created by for the book. The print version is also available here on Amazon.

 

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39 Responses to “Independently produced I’m Not Dead… Yet! available in paperback!”

  1. Gabrielle Schoeffield Says:

    Robby,
    You are so right….we have heard it time and again…cancer sells (and gets the funding) while heart does not….in a lot of instances chd is the invisible disorder….unless you have an ope-heart surgery scar to show the world….you aren’t really sick…..one of the reasons I founded the Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Quilt Project…to promote greater public awareness of chd….

    Please let me know if we can honor your life with chd by including you on the chd awareness quilt project. I would be honored to be able to create a block in your honor myself.
    Let me know!
    Gabrielle Schoeffield
    Founder and President,
    CHD Awareness Quilt Project

  2. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you. I’d be honored.
    Sincerely, robby

  3. Lorraine Says:

    My mom called me this morning and asked me if I remembered the actor Robby Benson…instead of asking me how I’m feeling first. Huh? Are you kidding me mom?! My incision is throbbing, my lungs still ache from collapsing after a second open heart surgery due to complications following the first to repair my congenital bicuspid aortic valve, and the first thing you ask me is about some child actor from Ode to Billy Joe? Then she told me why.
    This is a life changer for me and humor is not a word that has even entered my mind during this time, but your book suggests it might, so I’m going to read it and am thankful already that you decided to publish it independently so that I can read it. Sorry about the publishing industry, their loss…and almost ours.
    Lorraine, age 51

  4. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Lorraine,
    thank you so much for your kind words. How do you feel? I’ve been through this so many times, I can only approach it with humor… and of course fear — but the humor helps me get through almost anything. Today, this very morning, I’m running in a 5K. It’s my first 5K after my 4th open heart surgery and I’m 56 which means I run in the ‘seniors’ division! (Time flies when you’re getting your chest sawed opened.) Believe it or not, I have more butterflies before this race than I usually do in my business before I perform… I guess it’s because it’s a huge milestone for me — So, I’ll be thinking about you when I run this morning, celebrating life, the fact that I can actually get out there and run with others and know that in time, you will heal and will be doing all of the things you love to do in life. We’ll be doing “our thing” together. Hang in and feel better.
    Sincerely and respectively, robby

  5. Lorraine Says:

    :) I’m restless but hopeful…especially after reading your reply. People in my life know that I used to be a runner before “this”. Im kindof having a self pity party right now and trying to fit in this new place. There does not seem to be alot out there to read.
    How did you do in the 5k today? Is there a public awareness program or activity that you promote or a type of athletic challenge that we can follow or partake in?

  6. RobbyBenson Says:

    Yes… I understand. Boy, do I understand. I used to be a marathoner and ran the NY Marathon in 3:05:15. I had a 2:52 coming into mile 19 but just fell apart because in mile 3 to get away from the 19,000 people, I ran a 4:53 mile. I was so claustrophobic but paid for it dearly and my goal of breaking 3 hours just went out the window. Today, I ran (my life, as yours, keeps changing as to who “we are” physically) and even though I ran a pitiful time for a 5K of 27:17, it’s not so bad for a guy who’s had 9 major surgeries and 4 of them have been open-heart surgeries. But — it’s not good enough either. There is a race next week that I’d like to try and run and celebrate life, and the fact that I still can run and get my time down a bit. But, it’s fun and keeps me healthy. I would love to start a public awareness program to just get out there and have fun and exercise but I’m not sure if people want to hear it… I am truly angered by Paul Ryan telling the press and the public he ran a sub 3 hour marathon because as silly as it might sound, people who run A) Do not make a one hour mistake by accident on their marathon time B) It’s an insult to every man, woman and child who laced up and went from point A to 26.2 miles later and were brethren and one with all who participated and who trained endless hours; and C)if Paul Ryan is so stuck on his vanity on something as trivial as to LIE about his marathon time, how will his next lie affect our families, loved ones, friends? I believe that only “runners” will understand my indignation on something that seems so ridiculous — but athletes and people who put in the time and pain “understand sportsmanship” and the indecency of a bold-face LIE like that. But anyway, keep me posted on your recovery and your training, even if it’s just a walk around the block (been there… I know the long journey back…) and I’ll keep you posted on my efforts to “try” and run a decent time.
    So sincerely, robby

  7. Lorraine Says:

    Robby, my mom lives in Maine (my native state) and I am in L.A. It is difficult to live so far apart during this time but we have our phone calls, and I can’t believe you just hit on what we discussed today! Paul Ryan and what kind of person he is and yet he is so close to the opportunity to lead this country! He is a fake and does lie and we can only hope that the majority doesnt buy what he is selling. The current status of politics right now will only raise our blood pressure though and that’s not good for either of us, so as I go through cardiac rehab I will think positive thoughts and keep reaching for my own personal goals, just to get out there again. Not ever pitiful…just great to be out there again. Its so good to communicate with someone who knows exactly what I’m going through, thank you. I’m awaiting my book order and to read some of that humor… I need it.
    Lorraine

  8. RobbyBenson Says:

    I’m sure the pure humanity of it all will make you laugh. I did a lot of really dumb things along the way, thinking I could control my heart problems.
    All my best to you and your mom, robby

  9. Karynn Drew Says:

    I just finished your book. I bought it on my nook. It really opens ones eyes to all that happens in life. I for one had no idea of all you and your family had been through. I was one who had thought when you are famous and everyone knows you that you don’t have problems. You have such a down to earth attitude. I had no idea of all of the things you have done. So happy for you and Karla for finding each other in this world. You are both very lucky people. Oh and I loved your book. Glad I bought it. Heres hoping for no more surgeries.. God bless you and your family.
    Karynn

  10. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you so very much.
    Sincerely and respectfully, robby

  11. Donna Says:

    Is your new book available at book stores or do I need to order it online? Three members of my family endured open heart surgery. I would like to understand more of what they went through. Also as a native of Minnesota, I’m curious about where specifically Ice Castles was filmed. Some scenes feel so familiar to me.

  12. RobbyBenson Says:

    The book is only available online — but it is available as a paperback if you do not have a “tablet” to read it on — it was written and conceived for the iPad. But there is a paperback that you can get at Amazon.
    Sincerely and respectfully, robby

  13. Lorraine Says:

    Hi Robby, I’m updating you… well, first about running. My running started from track in high school- not bad in the 220 yard dash and 80 yd hurdles, but better at just running for the rest of every day at 5:00am before my babies awoke and before the rest of the world needed me, I had to “fix” this erratic heart beating in my chest so I could be normal like everyone else. Well, you and I both know that normal was not meant to be…instead I was told that a day would come when I was going to be cut open (or as you put it “sawed open”) and my world would turn upside down.
    Now I am here, in that day’s wake and I am reading your book… and it reads like it could have been someone else on my track team who was feeling the same things I did during a meet, but never said anything until now. By the way, your running history is very impressive!
    You are about to work with George Burns and I was first seen at Cedars, so I’m looking forward to reading more but if I can share anything now to your readers it is not to miss the iPad version of your book! My technology smart daughter told me about how much I was missing with only the print version and she was right and now I have both, but your readers should know that the electronic version has film clips and your audio narration that the print version does not. It is so much more lively and your personal photography alone is awesome and inspiring, thank you.
    Btw, I have walked my humble neighborhood block all week and I feel good. How are you feeling? Did you run again? I think a run challenge with your name on it would be big. I would help coordinate it in LA. just let me know. I’m already talking up your experience and your book with my two hospital cardiac rehabs in LA.
    A teammate,
    Lorraine

  14. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Lorraine,
    our paths are very much connected. Thank you for experiencing the book on the iPad. Yes, it’s quite a difference – we like to call it “an experience”. I wrote it that way for the patients in the hospital or their loved ones/advocates sitting in a chair next to the bed at 4:00 a.m. I thought it could be more helpful with the multi-media/interactive aspects and really help tell the narrative in a better way.
    Yesterday, I was out with 900 other runners for a 5k (2nd week in a row) and boy am I paying the price for not being a good runner anymore. But – I was out there and celebrating life and lucky to be there. So – no complaints! I’ve been thinking about having a charity run for heart issues but just haven’t had the time to put it together yet. But, it’s a great idea.
    Thank you.
    Hang in!!
    Your friend, robby

  15. Janet Hockey Says:

    Hi Robby! I just want to say that I don’t think it is fair that that they should have said what they said about cancer sells but not heart. There are people that die of cancer but heart conditions are a killer as well. I just want you to know that you have a wonderful voice and you had the experience to go with it. I support you on your work and it does need to be heard. My father is dying of COPD at 92. My husband has a few issues with heart as well. So I hope more things can be heard. Keep up the good work.

  16. Daniel Says:

    I watched a lot of your movies growing up, but had never come across One On One until I saw it on iTunes today. I really liked it and was pleasantly surprised how it holds up to the test of time. It also gets you thinking about how many NCAA violations have occured over the years!
    Anyway, I had no idea about all the heart issues. I hope you are doing well and continue to do so and have success in your running. I’m trying to get back into shape and running again myself, so maybe landing on your website will get me motivated again. I have previously run 4 half marathons and am thinking I can get ready for the Music City 1/2 again in April 2013 if I start now. Also, your comment about Paul Ryan was dead on. I still know my best time was about 2 hrs 28 min at the Memphis St. Jude’s 1/2 Marathon, so for him to lie was really dumb and diminishes his credibility in my book.

    Again, I’ve always been a big fan of yours and look forward to reading the book.

    Best regards,
    Daniel

  17. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you. Good luck to you and please keep me informed – I’d love to know how your running is shaping up.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely, robby

  18. RobbyBenson Says:

    Well — we are talking big business and to tell you the truth, there shouldn’t be a choice. We have had cancer in our family and heart issues as well. I’m so sorry about your father and please get your husband to a doctor! Thank you for taking the time to write.
    Sincerely, robby

  19. Janet Hockey Says:

    Thank you Robby for your response and my husband had gone to alot of doctors for everything you can ever imagine. He even had an angiogram. He is doing well. Now we take one day at a time. My father’s life is extended a little but when time comes he does not want to be rescusitated or on feeding tubes. The rest is in God’s hands. Thank you again for your concern. You are truly loved by me as your fan and friend.

  20. Janet Hockey Says:

    Hi again Robby! I hope you don’t mind another email. I agree there should not be a choice in promoting awareness of both cancer and heart diseases. My mother died of pancreatic cancer 16 years when my daughters were real small. It was a tough loss on all of us. Did you ever read or hear of “The Last Lecture” written by Randy Pausch? He died of the same disease and the book was written before he died. It was good. I just think people need to be aware of all that does go on. I am a thyroid cancer survivor as well. Anyway thanks for taking the time respond. I know I could go on. Take care and God Bless

  21. Donna Says:

    I received my paperback copy of your book from Amazon. I would like to move up into the high-tech world and experience it as it was designed. So a tablet will be on my wish list, for sure. I have read through more than half the book and first, I cannot believe how many talents one person can have and do them all well. Second, I’m astonished that as a young boy you navigated New York on your own. As a Minnesotan, who grew up in the north woods the contrast in early life experiences was so drastically different. I was pleased to read in your book that while filming Ice Castles the Minnesota fans were “respectful” and sorry you froze your butt off here. Anyway, more importantly, your book is about heart issues and the care one is supposed to receive in any hospital as a patient. I remember well, when my father suffered his 3rd heart attack and was admitted to the cardiac unit, it was obvious he was in deep distress, but to get someone to help him or get information about what was going on was almost impossible. I got blank stares at the nurse’s station and looked around for any doctor but found none, Eventually, I stood in the doorway of my dad’s hospital room and would waylay anyone who walked by to get help. The feeling was total helplessness and desperation. He died a few weeks later. I am glad that you have brought attention to the issue of patient care and hopefully hospitals around the nation will begin to change the way they interact with patients and their families. Thankyou Robby.

  22. RobbyBenson Says:

    You’re so very kind. Thank you. I’m so sorry bout what happened to your dad and how, as such a young impressionable child, you were so brave.
    Thank you for your email and thank you for sharing your story. I think we can always learn from one another and who knows how many hearts you will touch (and change…) because of the way you sttod in the doorway and took it upon yourself to get help for your father.
    You were extraordinarily brave but also, your story on this web page may eventually be read by someone who can help change the way hospitals and doctors care for patients and their families.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely, robby

  23. Melissa Andrew Says:

    Robby,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful book sharing your story and promoting CHD. I have ordered your book and cannot wait o read it. I am the mother of a child born with a CHD in 2001. My mother was also born with a CHD. I am involved with a non profit organization called Intermountain Healing Hearts for people who have a loved one with a CHD. I helped found this organization and we have found it very hard to get any publicity for CHD’s, the #1 birth defect int he world. You are right, it should not be a competition, but Cancer sells and heart doesn’t. Know there are many who applaud your efforts, courage and career. The heart world is a special community like none other. If you are ever in the intermountain west area, I know there are many who would love to meet & be inspired by you!

    If you are interested in reading about my daughters story, I’d love to share it with you.

    Thank you again for your bravery and contribution to the heart community. May you be blessed.

    Heart Hugs,
    Melissa Andrew
    Executive Director,
    Intermountain Healing Hearts

  24. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words. I would love to hear about your daughter — and I’d love to be able to help your organization in some way. Please send me literature regarding the organization. You can send it to me at 10866 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #1100, L.A., CA 90024
    Thank you so very much and you have all my love….r

  25. Lisa Miller Says:

    Hi,
    I don’t do very well on computers and this is the first site I have ever felt compelled to leave a message. I saw the last 10 minutes of your appearance on Dr. Drew and was shocked to hear your story. I ordered your book from amazon and my son also ordered for his Kindle Fire. If the extras were available on kindle I must not have accessed it correctly but I read the paperback in 2 days. I’m just so sorry for what you and your family has had to endure. My 3rd son has also had 4 open heart surgeries. Complications led to 6 repairs for esophageal varices ruptures then 3 surgeries to repair his portal vein. Coumadin caused massive brain bleed which led to 2 brain surgeries and 3 eye surgeries after the stroke from the bleed. After 20 years I thought I had a good understanding of the heart and problems. Now that I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and atrial fib I realize how much more I have to learn. My therapist says, “Where we stand depends upon where we sit.” I’ve had a front row seat for cardiac problems and I am grateful you have started bringing it more attention.
    God Bless you and yours (I’m pretty sure I still have a Tiger Beat issue with you on front)

  26. RobbyBenson Says:

    Actually, God bless you.
    I’m so sorry for what you and your family and your son have endured. I know part of the journey and that’s why I wrote the book – to help anyone who might be able to use it as a “tool” — to help them get through this brutal journey. At first, I wrote it for the iPad because I wanted patients, loved ones and advocates to be able to read in the hospital on a tablet but also those endless nights at 4 in the morning, they could watch videos, listen to songs, watch scored photographic slide shows. But, then I foolishly realized that so many people don’t have an iPad and I got to work on all formats including a paperback. Unfortunately, only the iPad allows for all of the media. There are other tablets that play media, but not inside a book! And other tablets play media inside a book but only from major publishing houses!! — so we’re a bit beat-up in this area, but the most important thing is the text — and hopefully the paperback did its job…
    All my love to you and your family, robby

  27. I'm Not Dead Yet...Either Says:

    I am writing this to Mr. Robby Benson and hope it reaches him. I stumbled upon your website after searching a music site for “Ode To Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry. I have the recording on cassette and was looking for a CD. I remember you from the movie and I must say I am absolutely shocked to learn of your heart problems. WOW. I learned a little about you after reading through some of the postings on this site. I should first let you know I am a guy so this is not some email from a “teenie bopper”. Being a guy my age I can certainly relate to you. I learned you are my age 56, so you must have been born in 1956 like me. I was also a “track team “runner in high school so I can relate to your passion for running. I suffered my first heart attack and open heart surgery when I was 39 years old. It seems you were even younger when you were first “sawed” open. Welcome to the “Zipper Club”. If you had open heart surgery and were stapled shut you know what I mean. How did you come through it with laughter? The cardiac cath was painful enough but the open heart surgery was worse. That was in 1996 and in 2000 I was opened up again and given an ICD (Implanted Cardio Defibrillator). Good thing because when I had my second heart attack, it shocked me back to life. Talk about pain, it felt like someone smacked me with a baseball bat in the middle of my chest. Any way enough about me. I just learned of your book (that’s why I used the name) and am anxious to read it. How you can come through this and laugh is beyond me. It sure is nice knowing I can write to someone my own age who can inspire me. I hope I don’t require a second surgery. I have always said I would not go through with it but now learning about your 4 surgeries gives me hope. Good Luck with your health. Your wife is a true blessing and a gift from God. Please write me if you can. If not I will understand. I know you are a busy guy. Thanks for inspiring me to reconsider a second surgery if required.

  28. RobbyBenson Says:

    I completely understand how you feel. You’re not alone. I felt everything you are feeling and it is really tough. How can I laugh about it…? Well, I guess I’ve gotten through everything in my laugh by seeing the comical side of things and laughter definitely helps me. I actually find almost everything funny in one way or another. Again, it’s just the way I’m “wired”. But the journey we have both taken is brutal and it’s up to us, I believe, to see how quickly we can beat back the demons from it all. Not a day goes by where I’m not forced to “fight.” Not a day — but I will continue to fight because I feel like I’ve been given such a gift to be able to spend extra time with my wife and kids. Also, I try and exercise, even though many surgeons may think that is unwise – but I try and do only what my body can handle, but the more I work out, the more I can handle and the exercise is a celebration of the body that can still function, everyday. So, exercise is a victory for me.
    As for having a 2nd surgery… I would beg you to consider every option not to allow death to win. Pain is subjective and we all tolerate it differently. I have lived with so much pain that I know that mighty neighbor well and refuse to allow it to even alter my day. The eotional part of all of this is where we can never pretend to know more than the other. It is a devestatingly emtional operation and your well-being cerabrally will always be challenged. Again, I believe we must find tools to fight that black hole of cardiac depression and never allow it to beat us. But it is truly difficult. But, as of now, I am living proof that no matter how bad it gets, and it gets really bad, really dark – really dark — I find ways , all kinds of tricks I’ve developed to not be crushed by its overwhelming power. (I adore making music… that gets me through many days of torment.)
    I would urge you to look forward at all of the things you CAN do and will do in your life and if you need a 2nd surgery, just look at it as a bump in the very bumpy road we’re both already on — but I believe somewhere, the road is paved and I’ll reach it. And so will you.
    Keep laughing at it and please let me know how it all turns out for you.
    Sincerely, your cardiac brother, robby

  29. I'm Not Dead Yet...Either Says:

    To my “cardiac brother” robby, You, my new found friend, are an incredible inspiration. Because of your encouragement I will not even consider not having another open heart surgery if required (sorry about the double negative). Being that I am your age, you have made me realize that there are many years of life left and there is absolutely no reason to give up now. I too find a way to laugh at just about anything. I keep my family, friends and co-workers in stitches all the time. My motto is “the sun always comes out shining after a storm”. I guess I just need to remember that during the “down” times. I just read an excerpt from your “I’m Not Dead Yet” book on the NPR website (National Public Radio). I especially like your comment regarding the “insertion” of the foley catheter. Now THAT made me laugh (HA-HA). I remember that all too well. After that experience I must admit my empathy for women giving birth increased ten-fold (OUCH). I have just ordered your book and can’t wait to read it. You truly are an inspiration to so many people and you now have a new fan, even if it’s a guy your own age. Don’t worry man, and thank you for your inspiration.
    Sincerely, YOUR cardiac brother, Mike

  30. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Mike,
    I’m proud and lucky to have you as a friend/fan and cardiac brother. I’m the lucky one. You’re email sounds so optimistic and I’m really thankful for that because we all keep each other “up” during the “down” times. Yes, there are many years left for both of us and we must figure out a way to be productive, loving and compassionate (I’m sure that’s the man you are) and give back and celebrate the gift of life. I remind myself of this point every morning when I awaken and every moment when things become dark and then I too “wait for the sun to come out shining after a storm.” My new goals have been to appreciate and learn from the storms, as well. 4 surgeries gets you into inclamte weather, but there is much fascination and beauty in the storm. But, it’s all hard – sometimes, oh, so hard… and you have the right attitude and that is almost 100 percent of it all!
    Keep on keeping on.
    I will too…
    Sincerely, your cardiac brother, robby

  31. Julie Says:

    Robby:
    I produce a radio show that focuses only on heart surgery for Sirius XM’s “Doctor Radio” channel. I can’t figure out how else to reach you so I thought I’d leave a message here – I’d love to talk about having you as a guest on our show. Can you please email me directly?
    Thank you!
    Julie

  32. I'm Not Dead Yet...Either Says:

    Dear Robby
    “Dear” just seems “strange” so let me instead say Hey Robby and identify myself. This is your “cardiac brother” Mike a/k/a “i’m not dead yet…either”. wow…Wow…WOW. Just got your book, man. I ordered it back on October 4th and finally received it today. Not sure what’s up with Amazon but glad I got it. I only had enough daylight to read the first 100 pages. Actually I read through to page 99. “Harry and Son” starts on page 100. I will begin again there this weekend after the Florida State Seminoles vs. Miami Hurricanes game (sorry, man but got to watch the game first). I had no idea you made so many movies. I have “Ode To Billie Joe” on tape (remember VHS-?) and I think I have “Ice Castles” about a blind female ice skater that trips over roses thrown on the ice. I didn’t realize you were a teen “hearthrob”. As a guy I guess I was watching Suzanne Summers and Olivia Newton John instead of Robby Benson (sorry again). Why did you endure so much during the making of some of your movies? Busted lip in Lucky Lady from the too powerfull “blanks”, and being marooned in the desert? You have been an incredible inspiration to me regarding heart surgery but I must give you another one of my mottos: “Never let the bastards take advantage of you”. I now have an incrdible admiration of your spirit and will to live, and I haven’t even started to read about your heart surgeries yet. YOU ABSOLUTELY AMAZE ME.
    Your cardiac brother, Mike

  33. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Mike, (I’m old fashioned…)
    Thank you for your email. Yes… I’ve had “quite the journey” so far. I think a lot of people can learn or get something out of my ‘past’ that can help them through their tough times. I’m so thankful that you like the book.
    Your cardiac brother, robby

  34. Janet Hockey Says:

    Hi Robby! I wrote you last fall about about my father dying of COPD! He passed away peacefully the day after Christmas at 92. I hope all is well with you. This is a sad time but I know he is at peace and with my Mom again in heaven.

  35. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Janet,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss.
    Ypu have all of my love.
    Sincerely and respectfully, robby

  36. Janet Hockey Says:

    Dear Robby,

    Thank you for your response and kind words. You are very sweet and a good heart advocate. Dad lived a good and long life. He loved all of us but at the end we gave him what he wanted like in the Ten Commandments in the Bible: Honor your mother and father. God is my peace.

  37. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words….robby

  38. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you so much Ken…. I hope you enjoy the book.
    Sincerely, Robby

  39. Paul Says:

    Wow Robby, I didn’t know you had been through so much. Your story is very similar to mine. I had symptoms as young as 18, but my doctor found nothing wrong with me. By my mid-20′s I was running out of breath and in major pain whenever I would work out. I was in such denial. I refused to see a doctor until my sister in law told me I had to go. Within a week of seeing that doctor I was under going my first OHS to replace my diseased aortic valve. I was 28. Ten years later, I had a redo and an ablation afterwards. Now due to prosthetic mismatch, I am facing my 3rd OHS. I think the thing that I fear the most is the depression that followed both times. I don’t know if it’s avoidable, but I do believe you have to be honest with yourself and have someone to talk to. I grew up in an environment where you toughed it out, so it’s been rough being open about my emotions. Plus, like you, I push way to hard to recover quickly. Running back to work only a month after surgery and just beating myself up over not getting better quicker. I know, pretty stupid stuff.

    I’m really looking forward to starting your book. It’s about time someone covered the experience of OHS, and just struggling with health in general. Thank you for writing your book.

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