I’m a fiction junky through and through so it takes quite a bit to knock me out of that habit, but Lindsey O’Connor’s The Long Awakening is just such a book. In this personal memoir O’Connor recounts her descent into the darkness of coma after the birth of her daughter. Uterine rupture and subsequent complications suspended her in darkness for 47 days. Then she begins her long ascent out of darkness. Dispelling Hollywood myths of awakening to perfect health, O’Connor offers us the poignant and often brutal truth of regaining muscle and brain function after lying dormant for so long. Yet this is more than a story of personal healing. Love story, drama, and resounding hope will have you weeping and cheering right alongside of the author. An excellent compelling read. Honest, lovely, and inspiring. Buy it. Read it.
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The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.
The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.
I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.
Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband’s face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life–and love–when everything’s changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.
I’m Lindsey O’Connor, and this is the story of my long awakening.
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