Jan. 24, 2020 Update:
My father died in October 2018. I died in May 1993. My mom and dad's stubborn refusal to allow the doctors to disconnect life support gave me the opportunity to return to life.
Friends wondered if my own death made my father's death any easier.
It did not.
I still miss him. I miss his strength, kindness, and his support.
But in response to the questions I received, I decided it would be best to update my book, Go Back and Be Happy. The new version contains a forward and afterward responding to the questions I received about my father's death. It also brings readers up to date on the many changes in my life since the book was published twelve years ago.
Watch for it in March -- keep checking back for updates. Our goal was to publish it in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month. Happy day!
On May 10, 1993 my life was changed forever because a teenager ran a red light. I suffered a severe brain stem injury and medically died. Immediately, I was transported to heaven's doorstep. Knowing I was surrounded by loved ones, I felt like I was "home". I saw my grandmothers, who told me my body would heal. They said, "Go back and be happy."
A month later, I awoke and found myself paralyzed and helpless. I was in a locked brain injury wing of a rehabilitation hospital. Although medical experts said I would never walk again, or be able to take care of myself, I didn't listen. I believed the words of my grandmothers.
Through extensive therapy, I relearned how to stand, walk, and swallow. Though I faced daunting physical challenges and battled severe depression, I embraced my gift of recovery as a true miracle. It was a painful but remarkable recovery. Just five years later, I ran a 5k race and in 2007 completed a triathlon.
More than a physical road to recovery, I took a spiritual journey to a rich and satisfying faith. I hope my story of determination offers an inspirational and practical approach to dealing with sudden changes in life.
Thanks for stopping by the site. I hope to meet you soon. Julie
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