Torn Apart (also published as Against Medical Advice)
Torn Apart - also published as Against Medical Advice Author:James Patterson, Hal Friedman Cory Friedman was an ordinary fun-loving little boy. That fateful March morning in 1989 started just like any other but later that day, he started to feel very different and the course of his life was set to change. It started with an irresistible urge to shake his head, and before long, his body became a volatile, explosive and unpredict... more »able force. Overtaken by physical urges, tics and compulsions, the bright young boy started to feel and look like a puppet on a string. Cory had developed a rare combination of Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and other neurological conditions. The life he knew had been torn apart and his family was left watching him suffer. Desperate to help and hopeful of a cure, they embarked on a fifteen year plight which took them beyond breaking point.Cory was seen by thirteen doctors who in total prescribed sixty potent medicines. He was mistakenly sent to a psychiatric ward and on the brink of utter despair, he and his family decided to try a form of intervention that had never been tried in cases such as Cory's: he was sent to a wilderness survival camp in a bitter, unforgiving snowy Utah winter. This felt like their final chance. Throughout his young life, Cory struggled to have the same childhood and adolescence as his friends. From time to time an overwhelming anger and frustration overcame him when one doctor after another and an unprecedented number of medicines continually failed him. Still, throughout it all, Cory battled against the extraordinary events that were unfolding, and would take him on one of the most terrifying personal journeys ever recorded. "Torn Apart" is a true story of one family's courage, heartbreak, sacrifice and ultimately, triumph.
This book is also published under the name "Against Medical Advice."« less
I am an avid James Patterson reader. This book totally took me by surprise. I knew it was based on a true story, but the extremes that this child had to go through,no one ever should have to endure. I would be proud to call him my son any day of the week. I am proud that he wanted to pass his life experiences on to people that are going through the same things as him or similiar experiences. He is a truley amazing person. God Bless his parents and family for sticking by his side. Not everyone would have that kind of love and support at home or with the many Drs that he had visited. If you can get your hands on a copy of this book... It is a MUST READ in my view. This book brought tears to my eyes.