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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
There are some things I know that I take for granted. First and foremost, among these things is my health. I have been lucky. Through a life full of travel and adventure, even armed combat, I have always had my health. I have never even been seriously injured. To be honest, I don’t even like to think about being physically or mentally challenged. I stand in awe of Colleen Hierath. She lost things I treasure the most; mental and physical acuity. She lost them without warning. There was no time to prepare. No time to come to grips with this new reality. Boom! It was just there and you must deal with it or give up. Colleen did not give up. She made up her mind to keep going and, if possible, get it all back…and she did. Breathe: How I Trained Myself Back To Life, A Memoir of Life after Brain Trauma is the story of how she did that.
Breathe is a powerful story. The power of the tale is intensified, even multiplied, because you know it is true. It is a well written, very personal story. The plot is ripped from the pages of real life. Colleen Hierath’s life. It is personal and intense. In places the intensity could be overwhelming, but that is a good thing. That is life. It would be difficult to find a better example of the triumph of the human spirit in a difficult situation. I am in awe of this book, but most of all, I am in awe of its writer.