A Stroke of Luck: One Man's Struggle with Diabetes and the Irish Medical Systemc
By: Anthony Holten (author)Paperback
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"A Stroke of Luck" is the extraordinary story of Anthony Holten's road to recovery following a debilitating stroke. Originally from County Meath, Anthony spent much of his early life travelling the world as a marine engineer. He was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of forty-eight and, due to a combination of a late diagnosis and poor control, he suffered many side effects. Severe eyesight damage led to a period of partial blindness and eventually Anthony suffered from a stroke that rendered him paralysed on the right-hand side of his body.Overnight, he lost his energy and independence, was left disabled and almost entirely reliant on others for basic human necessities. This book charts the many obstacles thrown in his way along his arduous road to recovery - most notably the Irish healthcare system and its archaic approach to post-stroke care. However, with help from family and friends, he overcame most of these obstacles and made a remarkable recovery. He shares his inspiration and experiences in a humorously written, poignant and informative book that emphasises the power of positive thinking and manages to find a glimmer of silver around the darkest of clouds.
Anthony Holten was born near the Hill of Tara in County Meath. He traveled extensively during his marine engineering days in the Merchant Navy before going on to work on offshore oil and gas rigs all over the world. He now lives with his wife and three grown-up children near Glanmire in County Cork.
AcknowledgementsForeword by Doctor Graham RobertsIntroductionChapter 1: Early Days, Part One: Life Before my StrokeChapter 2: Early Days, Part Two: Hidden DiabetesChapter 3: The Day of my Train CrashChapter 4: The Accident and Emergency DepartmentChapter 5: The Ward, Part One: Accepting my New RealityChapter 6: The Ward, Part Two: The Road to RecoveryChapter 7: Tralee, Part One: Post-Hospital Life in the Outside WorldChapter 8: Tralee, Part Two: Spreading my WingsChapter 9: Broadening my Horizons: Tralee, Waterford, London and WalesChapter 10: Back HomeChapter 11: Raising the BarChapter 12: The Wavy Wall and the Trip to Dun LaoghaireChapter 13: Eye Surgery: The Dimming of LightsChapter 14: Darkness and LightChapter 15: Mystery TrainChapter 16: The Darkness DeepensChapter 17: The Red Mist DescendsChapter 18: The Little Red SeahorseChapter 19: Wrapping up and Moving onChapter 20: My Reasons for Writing this BookAuthor's Note
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