Su Meck's account of her battle with total amnesia is much more than a memoir. It is also much more than a description of her life with amnesia. It is quite shocking what this young woman had to go through. In addition to everything else that she faces, Su has to learn about her husband's dalliances, in spite of which they continue together. All in all a unique book.
My heart goes out to this woman and her children. The accident was really almost minor when you see the medical malpractice and abuse by her husband. That she survived day by day and hour by hour should give anyone dealing with TBI, PTSD, Migraine Syndrome, Vertigo, Learning disabilities, Brain Fog, hope- because she had it all. She had it all with a husband who did not seek treatment for her, left her alone with 3 children, moved her all over the world while having multiple affairs, putting them in debt, physically and emotionally and verbally abusing her.
She powered on and on and on, I was amazed at her as I read page by page. Her successes were very inspiring.
Su Meck is a very brave woman who suffers an unimaginably "random" brain injury, and struggles to recover with almost no rehabilitative support. This is a travesty in a country like the USA. And she does this while taking care of her young children. I applaud her courage and determination. As the author Lisa Genova comments - this is not just a survivor's story...this is a hero's story.
Be prepared to be disgusted and angry. The malpractice done to this woman by the hospital and doctors who allowed (forced) her to leave with no rehab having complete amnesia so she is essentially a child needing to relearn everything, to care for a toddler and an infant, on her own is just the start. Her family is clueless and neglects her. Her husband is a sexual and mental abuser and quite possibly a psychopath. Her children come out as the heroes--everyone else pretty much fails her.
A very difficult read. The abuse, sexual, mental and physical, by her cowardly spouse makes for an almost impossible read. There are tender moments with her and her children that make up for a lot. Be warned that this is a sad commentary on marriage in America while attempting to tell the story of a totally unique disability of amnesia.
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