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Reversal: When a Therapist Becomes a Patient

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4 years of college. 3 1/2 years of grad school. A 5-minute phone call from a doctor changed everything. Eric was finally done with school and had everything going for him. Young people aren't supposed to get tumors, but he did: A golf ball-sized brain tumor between the brain stem and the cerebellum. Reversal: When a Therapist Becomes a Patient is a compilation of journal a ...more
Paperback, 4th edition, 280 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by iUniverse (first published 2007)
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Annalee
Mar 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all physical therapy students
Shelves: favorites
Reversal is a frank, honest autobiography written in real-time about a young, athletic physical therapist's process in dealing with the diagnosis, surgery and rehabilitation for a brain tumor. He gives clear insights for those undergoing the same life-changing events as he did and also for those treating those individuals. I was struck by Eric's descriptions of challenges of day-to-day life and stunned by different stranger's reactions to him. I know it only gives me the smallest taste of what h ...more
Lilly
Mar 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
My friend wrote this about his experience going from being a physical therapist to becoming a patient (thus the title. stay with me people!). Just when you think life is perfect- young, healthy, going out all the time, you can have the rug pulled out from under you. The catch is that Eric takes the experience and weaves it into a story of triumph that resonates with people who are recovering from tumors, friends of people who are, or anyone who has a heart. He offers the tools you need to get ba ...more
Reno
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
My friend wrote this book. It gives readers a look into his journey in conquering a brain tumor diagnosis. This book also gives insight on the perspective of close family and friends watching a loved one go through something of this magnitude.

I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to feel inspired. If you think your life is rough, read this book to achieve proper perspective.
Burke Porter
Mar 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Educational on many levels...
By giving honest and truthful descriptions of various events along his experience, the author does a great job of sharing a unique perspective of a young, athletic physical therapist who must undergo treatment as a patient and then endure the emotional and physical struggles of recovery through his own therapy and everyday life. The style allows the reader to associate with the author personally throughout the book thanks to humor and emotional insight. The additiona
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Eric
Mar 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: healthcare professionals, patients, and their families
Shelves: mass-kicker
I wrote this book because it needed to be written. I AM NOT A WRITER! I'M JUST PRETENDING TO BE ONE! The book is unique because it contains:

1. The humorous perspective of a young active male brain tumor patient
2. The logical perspective of a patient with a physical therapy background
3. Multiple perspectives from the loved ones of a patient dealing with monumental health issues
4. A book based on a personal blog
5. A book soundtrack available exclusively on iTunes
6. The perspective of a 1st G
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Renee
Jul 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is not the first book I've read written by a friend, but it is the first one where I was part of some of the experiences in the book, too. Eric used his blogs to create a book showing his emotional and physical experiences thru surviving a benign but poorly placed brain tumor. I'm very proud of him for writing this and found it very emotional and easy to read.
Kelly
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Up and coming physical therapists
An inspiring story about a physical therapist who undergoes brain surgery and a long recovery from a brain tumor. While the journey is told through many lenses the writing itself could have been done more professionally but the story comes through either way.
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Nov 29, 2007 marked it as to-read
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Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People
Recommended to Emily by: Eric Galvez
Eric, I totally hear ya dude!
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book trailer 1 7 Jan 09, 2009 10:23AM  
I spent my entire adult life preparing for a career as a physical therapist to help others rehabilitate from catastrophic diagnoses. However as a physical therapist, it is engrained in our practice to be good teachers, and I decided to share my story with others and publish my first book, Reversal: When A Therapist Becomes A Patient, regarding my unique experiences as a young healthcare profession ...more
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