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A Secret Life: Surviving A Rare Congenital Condition

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Detailing a journey through the trials of physical deformity and deep depression. A story of human courage, loneliness, enlightenment and joy.

"Greg Ryan was born without an Anal opening. Without surgical intervention he would have died within 24 hours. Two Australian surgeons saved Greg's life but inadvertently ushered him into a life of shame, secrecy and intense mental
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Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published August 30th 2017
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Steph [They/Them] (Wickedjr Reads)
I can’t possibly do justice to what this book means to me. It’s a memoir by a man born with Imperforate Anus (also known as Anorectal Malformation- ARM). It means born without an anal opening. You know that saying “Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one?” Well that isn’t true. I mean the opinion part might be, but not everyone has an asshole. I wasn’t born with one either. No that saying isn’t in the book, that’s just me bringing it up. I was actually born with VACTERL Association (at th ...more
Carmel Audsley
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A little known medical condition explained
I was asked to read this account of a man’s journey through life as he faces several devastating medical conditions. It is a very personal and courageous first-person exposition of a life spent hiding from social situations for fear of embarrassment. Born with a rare congenital condition known as Imperforate Anus (IA), Greg Ryan has taken the bold step of outlining his experience living with this debilitating medical problem that for most of his life he
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Major Hayden
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Greg talks about his life experiences with IA/ARM in great detail within this book. It's a condition that isn't talked about much and he takes you on a journey through his multiple surgeries, triumphs, and setbacks. This book is a window into the world of those who suffer with bowel and urinary problems.

This book is a bit too intense for a younger reader (perhaps under 13-14), but it is a great read for parents who have affected children. It's a great read for parents without affected children,
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