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Stuart Ross McCallum

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Hello Friends,

My book titled: Beyond my Control is the true story of my life, beginning with my battle trying to beat the slimming disease — anorexia nervosa. While trying to break the vicious cycle I was in, another condition suddenly entered my life — epilepsy. I was seventeen.

I describe my twenty-year journey of living with epilepsy and how the unpredictable disease has not only impacted my life but the lives of everyone around me. For fifteen of those years, I operated my stained glass business and managed staff while battling an ever-increasing number of seizures. As the condition deteriorated and my post seizure responses became more intense, I was often prone to violent outbursts that threatened not only my safety, but the safety of...more

Hi Friends,

I was delighted when Australia's leading organization for people affected by epilepsy approached me for an interview.

My interview is in the spotlight section of their highly-popular magazine, available online and hardcopy.

Thank you, Ross
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Beyond my Control - One Man's Struggle with Epilepsy, Seizure Surgery & Beyond (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: This is the true, often harrowing account of my life with epilepsy. From diagnosis to eventual recovery from a temporal lobectomy.
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" A very interesting and eye opening book. It is about his right to oral epilepsy , and his seizures and how he handled them. Being a mom of a young adult with the same type of epilepsy , has helped me understand more about the everyday struggles . "
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"Thank you, Lisette and Beth. I have been extremely fortunate in many ways. To have successful surgery and able to assist people by sharing my story is...more "
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Christine Hatfield Do you have skype?

message 34: by Ward

Ward Just dropped in to wish my favorite Stuart a great week.

message 33: by Stuart

Stuart Christine wrote: "Oh that's really cool and i was reading about your life just now on the website and i'm sorry that you epilepsy and i didn't know you had a eating disorder"

Thank you Christine, for you kind words. Anorexia Nervosa is well behind me now, and I have been seizure free for eight years---a very fortunate guy.

Christine Hatfield Oh that's really cool and i was reading about your life just now on the website and i'm sorry that you epilepsy and i didn't know you had a eating disorder

Christine Hatfield what do you do when your not writing books?

Christine Hatfield good morning

message 28: by Ward

Ward Hey hey my most favorite Stuart in the whole world. Just dropping in to say hello and how much I enjoyed your book. You are awesome and your book is even better.

message 27: by Tracy

Tracy Good evening Stuart, it is a real pleasure to connect with you too. I am located in British Columbia, Canada. May you have a pleasant holiday season. Warmly, Tracy

message 26: by Lisette

Lisette Brodey Hello Stuart:

So happy to connect with you here on Goodreads! Your book sounds fascinating and I look forward to reading it!

All best wishes,

Marialyce Hi Stuart, I just ordered your book from Barnes and Noble. I can't wait to receive it and read it. Stay well

message 24: by Jen

Jen Knox Hi, Stuart. I suggested your beautiful book to a friend the other day, who in his own way can relate to your remarkable journey. Hope you are well.

message 23: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi, Ross! Happy St. Patricks Day.

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Andrea Kulman Hi, Ross... I gave up Facebook for Lent so here I am ... checking on my other sites. lol

Shalonda Williams Just a quick hello! I hope that all is good with you and the family. Have a great week! Peace

message 20: by Maria

Maria Hi Stuart, thanks for voting in the poll!!

message 19: by Shalonda (last edited Feb 08, 2010 09:25AM)

Shalonda Williams Here is the link once more so that you can see the few adds I made to your review page. I already had a comment from someone telling me that they couldn't wait to read it! Yea! Peace

Shalonda Williams I hope its not too preachy. I just wanted to share my thoughts. I am so happy you ordered it. You Rock for supporting me. My first sale in February!!! Now I know that this month will hold great things.

Shalonda Williams Everything is great. Trying to stay positive that this the year for increase in my world. I see so many things that I want to give to. But, I am daily seeking a plan. Watch me fly my friend!!! Peace

Shalonda Williams Hey Stuart, just checking up on you. How are you?

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Yas Np probs! Nice to meet ya :)

Logospilgrim It is lovely to meet you :-)

Shalonda Williams Hey Stuart! On the 6th chapter of your book and I am enjoying it. There is something about reading about experience. It touches a whole different part of my heart. Peace.

message 12: by Stuart

Stuart Hi Shalonda, I am delighted you stopped by, you are truly a remarkable person who I am honoured to call a good friend.

On my way to your site :)

Best always, Stuart

Shalonda Williams Hey! Just thought I'd stop and say hi! I am finishing up Torn by Amber Lehman and I am on to your story. I am so looking forward to reading it. I placed it on my Goodreads Listmania. Continue in peace.


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Lori Thank you so very much for the wonderful review you wrote. I am glad you enjoyed my book. Thank you so much for all of your support. :)

Your friend,

message 9: by Lori (last edited Nov 28, 2009 05:30PM)

Lori Thank you, I'm sorry it took me so long to tag your book. I only recently found out what it was.
I'm excited for you to receive my book, I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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Lori Stuart,

I wanted to let you know that I tagged your book on amazon. Have a great weekend.


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Jen Knox An honor to be your friend. :) jen

Stuart I agree. It is like buying a new car...suddenly the roads are brimming over with the same model.

We are starting to slow down down under, the summer holidays will soon be upon us. Time to relax and enjoy life...bring it on. :-)

Stay in touch, Ross

Andrea Kulman Funny thing has happened since I read your book... I find myself hearing more people talking about epilepsy. I always make sure to mention your book. Thanks for stopping by my page. With school being back in full swing- things have gotten very busy around the Kulman home. I hope everything is going well with my favorite Aussie Author!


Kgcummings Life got in the way, so I haven't finished your book yet. I do find myself thinking about situations, and events that I've read about thus far, and can't wait to return to reading your incredible story once again.
Your Friend, Kathy

Tamela Quijas Good morning to my dear friend, Stuart.

message 1: by Dee (last edited Mar 06, 2009 03:00PM)

Dee Marie Hey Stuart,

Thanks for the friend request. I just became a Twitter yesterday. Do you have a Twitter account? I would love to be one of your followers if you do :]

Wishing you a most wonderful weekend,
Dee Marie

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