(Note: I know it’s not winter, but still …)
When I was in six grade, my school closed, so you can’t get a copy of this WONDERFUL book. Until I get more print books to sell (haa!), here’s a copy of Sally the Snow Girl
Actually, I already went to college. But Harvard Library has my book: Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)
“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke-one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn’t about to go down without a fight. In Before, Afdre and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring glimpse at what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life-and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”
… You can also get my book at:
Before, Afdre, and After
Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)
“… I am so glad that she took the time and effort to write up her story for a multitude of reasons. It has brought me true appreciation for my own health while showing how bad things can really get. It has provided me with an increased appreciation for therapists and their valuable work. And it has increased my faith in the human spirit and the body’s ability to heal, especially when commanded to do so through work and positive thinking. This story is amazing and something everyone needs to read to expand their awareness to those with handicaps of all kinds. Maureen Twomey is nothing short of a miracle …”
“Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)”
by Maureen Twomey
This is the true story of a woman who had a massive, extremely debilitating stroke at the young age of 33 which caused significant brain damage. The book recounts, step by step, her very difficult journey back to functionality. It truly illustrates the principle that heroes (and heroines) are ordinary people plunged into exceptional circumstances. I was totally blown away by this book for so many reasons. First of all, that someone could be so entirely debilitated and survive, much less want to, given the immediate effects left her abilities so compromised. She had to learn to read and write again as well as speak, since it was the left side of her brain which was damaged, which governs these abilities. Walking was likewise something she had to learn again, given the resulting paralysis.
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“Thank you for sharing, Maureen!”
Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)
“Interestingly, this book kept reminding me of the “look for the helpers” quote by Mr. Rogers. Maureen’s experience was incredible, her treatments fascinating, her perseverance commendable, and her much-better-than-expected recovery worthy of much celebration. I was most affected, however, by the amazing level of support she received from friends and family.
Maureen’s strong work ethic and determination were obvious, but I often found myself thinking, “What do stroke victims (and other folks with TBI’s) do when they don’t have someone to _________ (fill in the blank with everything from helping her get to the hospital to moving her out of her apartment, to caring for her cat, to taking her in and caring for her after rehab, etc.).
When I began reading this book, I was excited to get some insight on the perspective of someone completely aware, but “locked” in his or her mind by such an injury. I definitely got that, but a bonus was developing a better understanding for the incredible need of a supportive network for these individuals…oh, and really good health insurance coverage – that’s another thing that’s REALLY helpful to have when an unexpected tragedy strikes!
Aside from all of that, I thoroughly enjoyed Maureen’s sense of humor (that I’m sure also played a huge role in her recovery) and the pictures and various other “snapshots” of her recovery. All together, it was an attention-grabbing, comprehensive, touching recounting of an incredible journey. Thank you for sharing, Maureen! 🙂 ”
Thanks YOU! 🙂
“A humorous, enlightening and delightfully honest journey! Do read Before, Afdre and After (my stroke…)“
By Elaine C Pereira
“What a Wild Ride! What a Journey and what a Book! It’s honest, funny, hard, and so very real! I’m an Occupational Therapist and understand how terrifying it must feel to watch yourself unravel in real time from the inside out, powerless to stop your own derailing neurological train! I appreciate the details and examples of Maureen’s struggle.
She includes pictures, sketches, charts and exercises; these might not be of great interest to readers without a medical background, but they were to me. It’s such a harrowing struggle to regain what you shouldn’t have lost and a such a young age. Kudos to you Maureen!”
Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke . . . oh what fun)
“An inspirational book”
By the Speech-Language Pathologist/Instructor,
City College of San Francisco
“Maureen is an amazing writer whose heartfelt and humorous book tells the story of her stroke and the long road of rehabilitation and recovery.
As a speech therapist, who teaches communication classes to stroke survivors, I found Maureen’s book captured the feelings and struggle that so many individuals experience in their recovery. In our stroke-communication class we read and discussed her book together, and Maureen’s voice and message resonated with everyone.
It is very fortunate for us that Maureen decided that this was the story she would write a book about! This book is a great tool for stroke survivors and is an inspiration to all who read it.”
Praise for Before, Afdre, and After