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Beyond My Control by Stuart Ross McCallum
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Mar 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: family, good-reads-author, memoir, non-fiction
Recommended to Carole by: Goodreads
Recommended for: everyone
Read in June, 2009 , read count: once

Beyond my Control – one man’s struggle with epilepsy, seizure surgery and beyond, says it all.

Until I read this book, I had no idea that such a condition existed. I knew, of course, about epilepsy, but not that it could take such an aggressive stand. In his book, McCallum shares deeply private moments of his life, battling against this disease. I can only stand back and admire how he and his wife Lisa coped. In spite of the pain, the depression, the uncertainty of every day, and the shame he felt at his unruly behaviour, Ross still comes out with a sense of humour. I had to laugh when he compared himself to Basil Fawlty – a great description, and I could see it all. The one thing I wanted to take up with him was his sense of shame. He should never have felt that. He was not to blame.

I found the book informative. At the end of it, I felt as though I had really learned something important. It could happen to any of us. I was surprised how long it took after surgery for him to get his life back. I can only imagine how devastating it must have been day after day wondering if it had all been worthwhile. I feel privileged that his book Beyond my Control allowed me to share a few moments of his battle

Keep Healthy, Ross, and may you have a long, happy life to make up for the time you’ve lost.

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