Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Against Medical Advice One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:James Patterson, Hal Friedman, Kevin T. Collins (Narrator) Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head and his life was never the same again. From that day forward his life became a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and C... more »ory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses. Soon it becomes unclear what tics are symptoms of his disease and what are side effects of the drugs. The only certainty is that it kept getting worse. Despite his lack of control, Cory is aware of every embarrassing movement, and sensitive to every person's reaction to his often aggravating presence. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life is a living hell.
AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE is the true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment. It is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller.
Read by Kevin T. Collins; and featuring a prologue and epilogue read by Hal Friedman. Unabridged: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hr.)« less
Cas R. reviewed Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 15 more book reviews
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Excellent! I sell nutrition for Tourette's Syndrome and have talked with hundreds of parents whose children suffer with this condition but never did I have a true understanding of it until I heard this story. What I found to be interesting is that I suggest to parents to take their children off video games because it does seem to stimulate tics and this man's tics were first noticed after playing video games and he also became very computer literate throughout his life. Very well written and very well told. I wish everyone would read it to understand just a glimmer of what children/adults with these conditions deal with on a daily basis.
Lori P. reviewed Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
I was riveted as I listened to this agonizing story of a family living with the devastating effects of tourette's syndrome. It was difficult to listen to but I'm sure much more difficult to live through. I gained an understanding of this terrible neurological disorder and empathy and compassion for those who suffer from it.