Greg Payan

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Greg Payan was born and raised in Queens, NY. While currently working full time as a journalist, fate intervened when his then partner, now wife, was struck by a sudden brain hemorrhage. He detailed the health crisis in his memoir, Please Stay (2018), his only full-length book. Employing actual correspondence which updated friends, colleagues and loved ones through long emails at the end of each of 24 ICU days; text messages sent back and forth to to family as things unfolded; and photos documenting events as they happened the reader experiences the fears and prayers of all involved in a medical crisis.

Please Stay is a book that one person described as ‘more of a love letter at times, than a memoir.’ It’s a unique story of love and survival
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Greg Payan Ten years into a happy relationship with a wonderful woman, she had the misfortune of waking up with a severe brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneur…moreTen years into a happy relationship with a wonderful woman, she had the misfortune of waking up with a severe brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm. After 72 nights in hospitals and rehab centers I decided to document her story. I had a digital record of all correspondence with friends and family during the crisis and I thought using such would be an interesting way to tell the story by using those as the framework for the book. (less)
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Please Stay by Greg Payan
"Captivating

I felt as though I was right beside Greg and Shar... Holly, too. I am appreciative that they let us in to these gut wrenching moments and am hopeful that they all will continue to heal."
Please Stay by Greg Payan
"Absolutely beautiful, honest, pained, and vulnerable: Greg Payan's book recounts they journey he took with his fiancee, Holly, and their loved ones as she first suffered then later survived a ruptured aneurysm. Through daily narratives, shared e-corr" Read more of this review »
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“If she could not teach as a college professor, she could not be happy. If she lost any small bit of her brain function, she would never be OK. If that happened, her happiness would not be possible.”
Greg Payan, Please Stay: A Brain Bleed, A Life In The Balance, A Love Story

“Professionally and emotionally, was Holly really going to be OK? If she wasn’t going to be OK in those ways, what would our new life be like? We would absolutely remain together, but would the true happiness we’ d had become forever elusive? Was our charmed life going to come crashing down?”
Greg Payan, Please Stay: A Brain Bleed, A Life In The Balance, A Love Story

“Some estimates find that up to 70 percent of caregivers can show some signs of depression. They can suffer from lack of sleep, poor diet, and a host of other issues, including higher rates of smoking and alcohol use. One study on caregivers showed that more than one-third used alcohol as a coping mechanism.”
Greg Payan, Please Stay: A Brain Bleed, A Life In The Balance, A Love Story

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