A Mind Unraveled
As a college freshman, Kurt Eichenwald awoke one night on the floor of his dorm room, confused and in pai ...more
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Kurt Eichenwald was diagnosed with epilepsy in the late 1970s, when he was a freshman at Swarthmore, the prestigious private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. The first signs of the disease were short episodes of staring. To friends, Kurt would appear to be lost in a world of his own: dazed and absent. He had earlier been ill with paratyphoid fever (with delirium) and had also suffered a concussion. Whether either of these conditions predisposed him to the s ...more
Eichenwald first began experiencing symptoms when he was in high schoo ...more
“The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author’s ongoing struggle with epilepsy—his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive.”
Oh, holy buckets! This book is simply amazing, awe-inspiring, utterly maddening and truly heart warming. I am shocked at how deeply this book touched me. However, as a woman with uncontrolled epilepsy, this book really hit ...more
So, this guy is impressive. Firstly, he deserves kudos for surviving his teens & twenties with such crappy excuses for medical care. Secondly, he deserves recognition for being so honest about his experiences & sharing them with the world, considering what a terribly difficult thing that is to do. Since the time periods described, I know medical care & standards have improved dramatically, & that’s a great thi...more
Living with epilepsy is hard and he doesn’t pull any punches. In the Audible version I liked how various people in his life talked briefly about their o ...more
A memoir about Kurt Eichenwald struggle with epilepsy. The discrimination he faced in college followed by the work force are horrid to read about.
Eichenwald's story tugged my heart strings a bit more because I suffer with chronic migraines, and so many of his stories about the doctor visits, being over medicated, and being hospitalized I could relate to first hand. A few quotes that really stuck out to me as I relate:
"People like me lived in the shadows, ...more
This is the memoir of Kurt Eichenwald who was diagnosed with Epilepsy as a young adult nust entering college in the 1980’s. This book details the author’s struggles with incompetent doctors and college staff who are also incompetent and afraid of what they don’t know. Eichenwald’s docto ...more
This is a remarkably courageous biography of Kurt Eichenwald and his life long journey with debilitating epilepsy at his heels. There are so many adjectives to describe Kurt's story; courageous, resilient, sad, frustrating, infuriating, scary, strong, remarkable, humiliating, debilitating, but most of all, he has shared with his readers an incredibly humbling educational experience.
I found this story shocking on so many levels. Most shocking of all was that a r ...more
As a person with epilepsy, thank you for sharing your story, Kurt. While epilepsy isn’t particularly rare, it’s likely that a lot of people with epilepsy don’t know anyone else with the condition, so it can feel isolating. This b ...more