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Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

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Readers’ Favorite, reviewed by Jack Magnus:

“… Maureen Twomey’s nonfiction memoir, Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke…oh what fun), is written by a wryly funny and brutally honest survivor whose message grabs the reader on the first page and doesn’t let go until she finally means it when she says, “the end.”…
This is a most impressive and moving memoir about a catastrophic injury and the way one brilliant, funny and very resilient person climbed her way back towards a full recovery with lots of help from the friends and family who were with her every step of the way. Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke…oh what fun) is most highly recommended.”

Readersfavorite.com/book-review/before-afdre-and-after

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Readers’ Favorite, reviewed by Rabia Tanveer:

“… I expected the book to be a tear jerker … but the author made it witty and humorous too. The reader can feel the emotions Maureen felt, understand the struggle she had with her mind and body. You cannot help but laugh and cry with her throughout her journey. It truly deserves five stars and more for writing such a phenomenal journey of courage.”

Readersfavorite.com/book-review/before-afdre-and-after

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“Couldn’t put it down!”
By Madeline Baileyon

“I can’t imagine what it must be like to have a massive stroke at any age but especially not in your 30’s when your career is taking off. Not only did the author survive but she wrote a supremely entertaining account of her recovery.

It was a fantastic read. Hilarious. Tear-inducing. Heart-warming. Inspiring. Maureen’s supportive family and friends are the kind you hope to have around if something like this happens. She is a gifted writer. I look forward to the next book!”

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“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know.”
By Steve Beaumont

“I always wondered what a stroke victim thinks on the inside while looking at the world not able to communicate. Maureen’s personal, humorous and thoughtful account of her own stroke and road to recovery reminded me that if you are smart, creative, funny, sensitive, caring and surrounded by family and friends who love you then nothing changes on the inside despite everything changing on the outside.

Whoever thought suffering a stroke could be so inspiring? Only when Maureen Twomey tells the story.”

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“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.”

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“I couldn’t put it down …”

By Arthur Carrera

“I was reading a bestseller when this book was delivered. I was going to finish the bestseller but I decided to read a couple of pages of ‘Before, Afdre, and After’. I couldn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. A great inspirational read.”

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“Funny book about having a stroke!”

By Loren

“Sure having a stroke really isn’t funny but Maureen Twomey’s sense of humor shines through despite her terrible experience of having a stroke. It’s fascinating and sad and heartwarming to follow her experience and learn from it.
Read it!”

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“Incredible story of perseverance”

By Peggy Broussard

“Wow! Not only did Maureen survive, she thrived. The book gives an honest glimpse into the world of someone who has confronted a life changing, terrifying event. Her daily struggles are detailed in a way that makes you laugh, cry and, most of all, root for her ongoing success. I got so caught up in the story, I could not put the book down. Well written and inspiring.”

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“I read this book with the left side of my brain and loved it with the right.”

By James McMillan

“Wow. I can appreciate the fact that this book was not as easy as turning spell checker on. The amazing story, the endless support of friends and family and the continuous conquest of innumerable obstacles (permanent? Ha!) all made for an interesting, thought provoking, and impactful read. Veeeeery interesting! I would even recommend this to my kids”

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“Very poignant account of an incredibly difficult time in a beautiful young woman’s life”
By Luis Ramos

“Personal, very poignant account of an incredibly difficult time in a beautiful young woman’s life. Ultimately inspiring and uplifting. Kudos to Maureen Twomey for coming out on the other side with her wit and wisdom intact and for her ability to both share and bring you in, and help you realize that life is good.”

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“An inspiration”
By Michelle

“Maureen’s account of her experiences before, during and after her stoke is inspiring. Her attitude through the whole experience was amazing. I read it in one reading and I cried and laughed along with Maureen.”

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“Highly recommended book!”
By Martha L. Garcia

“Obviously, a stroke is not a funny thing, but Maureen found a way to inject her own unique sense of humor into an inspirational story of living through and recuperating from one. I went to high school with Maureen, and I’ve always adored her quirky wit. She is a breath of fresh air and always has been, and I highly recommend this book to anyone facing any sort of difficult obstacle in their life, medical or otherwise. Maureen shows that you can overcome anything with humor and a positive attitude. It’s a quick and enjoyable read too!”

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Editorial Reviews:

“Maureen Twomey breaks conventions to give us a glimpse into the before, during, and after her stroke at the age of thirty-three. At turns funny, harrowing, and bittersweet, Twomey’s self-aware and unpretentious writing disarms you and quietly makes you her biggest cheerleader. A revelation and a major accomplishment.”

–Laura Diamond, author of Shelter Us and editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood

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“The nurse’s note read: ‘Standing by chair. Standing by sink.’ To most of us, these are not accomplishments. To a person recovering from a stroke, they are miracles. For one author, so was writing the sentence, ‘I sit.’ Or learning to speak again. But fortunately for us, Maureen learned to write again. She brought back this moving book.”

–Luke Sullivan, author of Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This and Thirty Rooms To Hide In

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“Brave. Wow. Godspeed, Maureen.”

–Lee Clow, Director Media Arts, TBWA\Worldwide,
Chairman, Media Arts Lab

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“Before, Afdre, and After will break your heart, make you smile, and ultimately make you proud to know people like Maureen Twomey breathe the same air we all do.”

–Rob Schwartz, Global Creative President, TBWA\Worldwide

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“I never thought I’d say this and mean it: This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It’s a joyous, inventive journey through loss and recovery, and Maureen’s spirit shines through in this blueprint for living a full, blessed and loving life. Read it now, you fools!!”

–Jeff Kreisler, author of Get Rich Cheating

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2016 Best Cover Design Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2016 Finalist in Memoir, IAN Book of the Year Awards, Independent Author Network

2016 Finalist in Non-Fiction Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

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Also:

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

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Health Care Plan

Barack Obama:

“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

 

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

 

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

 

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

 

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

 

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

 

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

 

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

 

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

 

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

 

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

 

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

 

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

 

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

 

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”

 

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RRBC RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio

“SPOTLIGHT HONORS” with Maureen Twomey

Hey! That’s me!  😉

 

“If you need some inspiration today – my high school and UCLA (and fellow Sproul Hall front desker!) friend Maureen E. Twomey gave a great interview this morning about her post-stoke experience, which she documented in her own book. She never lost her sense of humor during the whole ordeal, which is saying something!” – Tanya Appuhn Crates

 

“She rambles a bit, but listen two her anyway.” – Maureen Twomey

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravereviewsbookclub/2017/05/25/rrbc-rave-waves-blogtalkradio-spotlight-honors-with-maureen-twomey

Before, Afdre, and After …

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke . . . oh what fun)

2017 PW Before,

“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.”

 

“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know..”

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Books Frequently Bought Together:

Amazon Books Frequently Bought Together:

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… and reviews of Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

on Amazon:

https://   www.amazon.com/Before-Afdre-After-stroke-what/dp/0986331503/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490644729&sr=1-2

 

Also Frequently Bought Together:

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But Praise for Before, Afdre, and After
https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/praise-for-before-afdre-and-after/

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“thoughtful, insiteful and funny!”

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

“Very good read, whether you have had a stroke or someone you know did.

She is very thoughtful, insiteful and funny!”

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https://maureentwomey.wordpress.com/praise-for-before-afdre-and-after/

https://www.amazon.com/Maureen-Twomey/e/B00V5CSELE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

“Courageous, honest, raw, powerful”

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

“Courageous, honest, raw, powerful” 
By Monica, September 21, 2016  (in Kindle)

“Courageously written, and shockingly honest and raw, the reader gets to experience through the author’s words what it’s like to have a stroke and go through the long process of recovery. Touching, powerful, and real, this story is very moving and filled with insights and tender moments. The author also includes many links and helpful information for anyone who needs similar support and further information.

I just wish that some of the images of reports, writings, and various samples, were a bit bigger – they were too small for me to read. But that did not take away from the story, which was very powerful and made a big impact. I thank the author for sharing this story.”

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P.S.: Sorry! — In Kindle the images of reports, writings, and various samples, are smaller. Until Kindle maybe makes the image etc. bigger, here’s two pics of Kindle vs. Print:

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Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Before-Afdre-After-stroke-what/dp/0986331503/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1474572785&sr=1-3

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

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