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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 20, Ron S rated it liked it. A memoir about positivity and gratitude in the face of incredible, incomprehensible loss. Run over by a freight truck while riding home from work, Colleen Alexander beat impossible odds to return to participate in running events and triathlons, fundraising and acting as a spokesperson for the Red Cross on the way.
The injuries Ms Alexander has had to endure are unfathomable; if she lived the rest of her days a bitter opioid addict she'd have every right to do so. And yet inspired by Nobel laurea A memoir about positivity and gratitude in the face of incredible, incomprehensible loss. And yet inspired by Nobel laureate mentor Jody Williams' quote "Emotion without action is irrelevant," she's managed to live a positive life and try to help others. Note that the book begins with enough romance and religion that it might be seriously off-putting to some. I'm glad I kept at it and read through this incredible story.
Feb 02, Joan rated it really liked it. I cannot imagine being hit and then run over by a freight truck — both front and back tires — hearing the truck accelerate away. Her body ripped apart, she died twice, had 78 pints of blood, was in a medically induced coma for a month she had nightmares during it , and had surgery after surgery.
She suffered through wound care and infections. And then?
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She competed in the disabled section of the Timberman half Ironman event in Hew Hampshire, even though she had to change her wound dressings bet I cannot imagine being hit and then run over by a freight truck — both front and back tires — hearing the truck accelerate away. She competed in the disabled section of the Timberman half Ironman event in Hew Hampshire, even though she had to change her wound dressings between events and wear compression shorts to hold her body together so she could run.
Alexander's memoir is amazing. Her life got off to a tough start, two marriages and divorces. Then she reconnected with her high school sweet heart, the man who would see her through her trauma. An avid bicyclist, she was on her bike when a freight truck driver blew through a stop sign and changed her life forever.
What an inspiring story!. Alexander shares her experiences and her feelings. Besides the physical pain were the anxiety attacks, the fear of getting in a car, being in a coma, questioning God, knowing her life would never be normal, and finally, her feelings when she and the hit and run driver were in the same room.
My favorite part of the book was the point where she had the sudden realization that she was alive. She'd had seizures and brain surgery. She'd been run over by a freight truck. She realized there had to be a reason she was still alive. There was a way she could be a light in the world again.
We all have big challenges, Alexander writes. We also have choices in how we approach those challenges. This book is not for the squeamish. Alexander is frank in her descriptions of her injuries and how the tragedy changed her life. It is an encouraging story from a very brave and strong woman. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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Mar 15, W. Whalin rated it it was amazing. This story is a page-turner from the opening pages until the final page. I loved reading this book.
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It was a statement that encapsulated this journey. As someone who had grown up a bit afraid of anyone different from me, it now felt li An Amazing Story Captured in the Pages of this book It is a miracle that Colleen Kelly Alexander is alive much less living a full and vibrant life. Gratitude swelled in my heart. How would I ever say thank you to all these people? I could, and did, say it in persn to the heroes I knew about, but there are so many more I would not even recognize if we were standing next to each other.
Strangers who had pulled together to save another stranger, just because. I highly recommend this book. Feb 12, Rose Griffith rated it really liked it. However, this book was a page turner because you want to understand how Ms.
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Alexander lived through getting run over by a freight truck—both front and back tires. Yes, run over. Not hit, not blown off the road by the wind force of a big truck. The driver literally looked her in the eye, pulled in front of her, ran over her and tried to flee the scene. There were times I found the narrative a bit confusing as she would state the medical challenges she was currently experiencing and then tell about a 5k race she completed. There are people in our lives whom we have watched find the silver linings in terrible circumstances.
Alexander is very open, honest, and revealing as she describes the most personal of issues she faced faces. The most telling part of her personality is not about her honesty in discussing her injuries or even what she overcame, it is in her seeking out the heroes who helped her and recognizing what they did—from voices speaking to her during her coma time to the good man who ran into the road to help her and keep the driver from escaping. She met these people with hugs and gratitude, enabling them to see her as more than a medical problem.
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Perhaps that helped them see all their patients through new eyes. Alexander made the decision to give every medal she won to someone she recognizes as a hero. What a delightful way to show someone what their actions have meant in your life. Rolling over.
Eating a piece of food. A decent sleep. The fact that you woke up that day still breathing. My life seemed to overflow with both—sources of stress and things to be grateful for, often overlapping.