Enjoying all the beauties of life weren’t difficult for this twenty-one- year-old college student; family, friends, sports, owning his own business—unfortunately, all these things were about to change.
It was in August of 1988 when things began to go terribly wrong. What started out as a bad headache would soon progress to a misdiagnosis of the flu—and, eventually—would be classified as a stroke that paralyzed his entire right side.
After being rushed to the trauma center, he was told there was a congenital malformation in his brainstem, and…it was currently bleeding.
Many people view a stroke, an aneurism, or a brain bleed as a “near death” experience. However, despite the diagnosis, the author graduated from college, got married, had two healthy children, and landed a job in medical sales. Unfortunately, there were other major setbacks and challenges to face on the road to recovery.
FACT: Of the nearly-800,000 strokes occurring annually in the U.S., more than 145,000 are fatal.
FACT: For the remaining 80-percent of stroke victims who survive, their lives are profoundly affected. Many face therapy and rehabilitation. All, however, live with the higher probability of another bleed. And because of this, their lives have indeed changed forever.
Turmoil has continued for Andrew Bloom since that first diagnosis in 1988: two more ‘brain bleeds’ and major surgery. At times, anger, frustration, and depression would set in; somehow though, he found the will to live another day.
“His is a story of both despair and inspiration told in a voice that will astonish from the start,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Mr. Bloom never stops approaching life, or his dreams, with a passion that will awaken in readers an earnest search for personal renewal and growth.”