“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!”

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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:

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… 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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“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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“A humorous, enlightening and delightfully honest journey!”

cropped-dsc02018.jpg“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!”

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“An inspirational book”

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

“An inspirational book”

By the Speech-Language Pathologist/Instructor,
City College of San Francisco

Davies 8

“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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Praise for Before, Afdre, and After

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

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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.”

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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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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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