“Before, Afdre, and After” by Red Headed Book Lover

via: https://redheadedbooklover.com/before-afdre-and-after-maureen-twomey/

“Before, Afdre, and After is a poignant, moving and inspirational memoir that will take readers on a thought-provoking journey while entertaining them at the same time. Before, Afdre, and After is written by author Maureen Twomey and Maureen throughout Before, Afdre, and After will take her readers on the journey through a significant moment in her life. The journey the reader will encounter is at times heartbreaking because of Maureen’s condition that has significantly impacted her life however it is also an uplifting, humorous book in which Maureen will make you smile thanks to her positive outlook and funny passages. If you are a reader who is looking to read a memoir that is unlike anything you have read before and a memoir that is the perfect combination of humor, fact, and poignancy then Before, Afdre, and After is the book for you and should not be missed.

Before, Afdre, and After is an incredible memoir written by Maureen Twomey and throughout her book she will guide and inform her readers of a moment in her life in which her life changed forever. Maureen at just thirty-three years old experienced a horrific stroke and this impacted her life massively. Maureen’s stroke took away her ability to read and write, walk and also speak. However, Maureen has a fighting spirit and she was not going to do just nothing and so she chose to fight and this is her story.

Maureen will perfectly take her readers on a memorable story that is incredibly poignant but also humorous and even uplifting and inspiring and this is all thanks to Maureen’s exceptional writing and her incredible personality that will make every reader smile and feel inspired.

Before, Afdre, and After is a poignant, moving, and compelling piece of nonfiction that will help, inspire and captivate its readers from the very start until the very end. Before, Afdre, and After is an influential, powerful book because it deals with the topic of stroke and the subsequent effects of it. I believe that Before, Afdre, and After will be the perfect read for those that have suffered a stroke or even a disorder, condition or illness because Maureen, although brutally honest about how she felt, still manages to inspire and inject positivity and humor into the story. However, those that do not have a disorder, condition or illness will equally be able to enjoy the book and take away something from it thanks to the author’s wisdom and bright outlook on life.

Before, Afdre, and After is an exceptional book not only for the author’s candor but also the information she has so expertly laced throughout the book. The information will help readers better understand strokes and how they affect your life physically and emotionally, and I believe that is really important because sadly, strokes are not commonly discussed but it needs to be so that no person never feels alone.

Maureen Twomey is a remarkable person for two reasons, the first is because she is honest and brave to write her story and the second is because she is an exceptionally talented author. Her impeccable writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop. Maureen is a pure literary talent, and so I applaud her for being so brilliant!

Overall Before, Afdre, and After is an this insightful, informative, inspiring book and I would say if you are a reader who is interested in the topic of stroke and coming out the other side, then this book is for you. Before, Afdre, and After gets five stars from me! Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers, and you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Before, Afdre, and After. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!”

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?asin=B00UVXEYV2&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_wBmEBbTEEA4A6&tag=redheadedbook-20

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Thankfully, I didn’t do my cover

“People DO judge a book by its cover. Not only must it look professional, it also needs to represent the story as accurately as possible. Capturing the feeling of a story graphically is an art in itself.”

— Marcha’s Two-Cents Worth

https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/todays-writing-tip-115/

 

Yes, I suck at doing book covers. When I was almost done with my book, here was my book cover design … (Haa!):

My book, June 2014

 

Thankfully, Tabitha Lahr did my real cover design (and the interior design) instead of me:

2018 cover front

 

2018 cover back

(Thank you Tabitha!)

 

Here’s Tabitha Lahr’s website — Graphic Design, Typesetting, Book Covers and Interiors, etc. …

http://www.tabithalahrdesign.com

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2018 cover Tabitha Lahr

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(Sponsored by):

https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/befor-afdre-and-after/

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I got accepted to Harvard!

Actually, I already went to college. But Harvard Library has my book: Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

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2018 Before, Afdre, and After

“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.”

 

 

Harvard Library:

http://lms01.harvard.edu/F/Q2D7HRPEVUCN4AVKGP6952TF5YRS9VT6JLXNKMAAM93C3B5SQ3-00001?func=find-b&find_code=kon&request=ocn910258391

 

… You can also get my book at:

 

Before, Afdre, and After

https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/befor-afdre-and-after/

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25480204-before-afdre-and-after?from_search=true

 

Amazon:

 

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An Amazing, Uplifting Story of Recovery

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 …”

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Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

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Review of

“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!”

“Thank you for sharing, Maureen!”

By Stephanie

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! 🙂 ”

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Thanks YOU! 🙂