Warrior Patient: How to Beat Deadly Diseases With Laughter, Good Doctors, Love, and Guts by Temple Emmet Williams
This book received a B.R.A.G. Medallion from the Books Readers Recognition Group. WordsAPlenty received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
All too often we find ourselves or our loved ones in a medical situation that has gone from ok to deadly. You are at a loss as to what questions to ask, what to do and if you should even be questioning someone who obviously should know more than you do. Temple Emmet Williams has been there as well but he has laid out his three year struggle with the medical world in a clear and down-to-earth way.
His connection with the readers is two-fold – the incidents described in this book could happen to anyone and there is a shared emotional feeling of being lost and “how did I get here?” The emotional tug of this book is real and almost tangible. Each person that reads this book will recognize or relate to one or two different situations.
When my father was hospitalized, and had been in a medical induced coma for almost three weeks. A doctor came in and asked both me and my mom why dad was still unconscious. I thought that was a weird comment on his part but when he started telling us to wake dad up and not let the nurses give him anything else … well, like Williams, I was at a loss.
My mother, like many of her generation, refused to ask questions “because the doctor should know.” But as with Williams, she too discovered to ask questions and be aggressive. William’s experiences and struggles to survive, the emotions he felt and those of his wife – they are real. They cannot be dismissed. This book is invaluable to anyone who may need to see a doctor or who may have a potentially life threatening medical situation. I wish I had had the fortitude to question the doctors over my mom’s beliefs, perhaps the outcome might have been different.
Amidst the struggle to survive, Williams shows devotion to and by his wife of many years. This book is much more than an educational book, it is a comfort, it is a love-story, it is important. Temple captures the reader’s attention with his writing style. There is no angry face turning blue rant, there is no vengeful vendetta against any one person – instead he tells of his experiences with a witty sardonic yet cheerful manner. Yes, it is mind boggling that one moment all is fine and then suddenly you are at deaths door; but it happens, it truly does.
Well written, clear, and mesmerizing. I found myself unable to put his book down once I started reading it. There were so many connections and incidents I could connect with that I couldn’t put it down if I had wanted.
WordsAPlenty awards this book with a strong 5-star rating and a recommendation to read this book now, not tomorrow or the next day but now.
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