The Long Awakening by Lindsey O'Connor ~ A Memoir of Coma, Brain Injury and Recovery

Lindsey O'Connor

About the book:

The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.

The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.

I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.

To live.

Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband's face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life--and love--when everything's changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.

I'm Lindsey O'Connor, and this is the story of my long awakening.


My thoughts:

It has been quite some time since I have read a nonfiction book that captivated me so thoroughly. As a mom I cannot even begin to imagine the journey that Lindsey and her family went through. I found myself just aching for all the battles they faced and then rejoicing over even the small triumphs.

Can you imagine one minute anticipating the birth of your fifth baby and then the next utter chaos? It's hard to think about being in a medically induced coma for 47 days. Normal day to day activities would continue all around you while in essence your world would stop. But those 47 days were only the beginning of a long road to recovery. With eloquent honesty Lindsay shares about the struggles and the victories that she and her family journeyed through. 

One of the most interesting aspects about this book is that it is written by Lindsey. Many times we read a story such as this but it is written by a friend or family member not the actual patient. To read the account and understand what she went through is to see a miracle unfold. This is a story that will leave you with no doubt that God has a unique plan for each of us and He is the one that will determine how we will go about accomplishing it.

I encourage you to get this book and enjoy reading about not only a miracle, but a group of faithful family and friends that journey together to make a beautiful life out of what appeared to be tragedy.

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