Saturday, May 14, 2011

BACK TO LIFE: Transformation Through Back Surgery Book Review







In her book she tells of how she has lived with scoliosis all her life. She didn't let it rule her life until finally it got so bad her spine was collapsing on her. The doctors told her that her spine would no longer hold her weight and that it was causing pressure on some of her vital organs. They explained the procedure to her and the risk. She didn't know what to do so she read up on the disease and asked people who had surgery on their backs or knew someone who had. She wasn't in severe pain so she didn't see why she couldn't wait until later to do it. The school year was ending and she had other projects she had planned to do. When she was sure she was going through with it, then she worried about how her family would cope with her not being there to take care of the bills and household duties. She made a lot of instructions for her husband on what bills had to be paid. Wrote her will out just in case and gave a copy to her family. She also appointed her best friend Cathy to be executive to her will. This all being done she checked on her insurance to make sure it would pay for everything and applied for Disability to cover the lost income while she couldn't work. Once she was in the hospital things were out of her control. She tells of how helpless she felt after the surgery. Having to depend on nurses and aides for helping her eat, get up and down, and even use the bed pan. She went through two surgeries and it took her several months to get back on her feet after she came home. Once she was home her daughter and husband were very attentive in helping her with her shower and eating. At last she was able to go outside and write again. I enjoyed this book because I know how she feels, I've been through back surgery too. It makes you feel you have lost all control of your life and stresses you about how your family will cope. To say the least of the fear you feel of possible death or paralysis. I wish I had been able to have the guidance and family support that she did.

About Pamela Douglas



BYLINE BIO: Pamela Douglas is an award-winning screenwriter with numerous credits in television drama, and also a fine artist. In May 2005, facing a degenerative spinal disease that threatened to leave her paralyzed, Pamela underwent major surgery. Her decision and the long recovery that followed inspired her to write BACK TO LIFE: A Journey of Transformation through Back Surgery. Written in journal form as she was going through surgery and recovery, the book takes the reader into the immediacy of the moment and through the transformational power of an experience far beyond surgery. Learn more at www.divineartsmedia.com.



Broadcast BIO: More than half a million people undergo back surgery each year. Pamela Douglas, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, has a new book about how a traumatic experience such as major surgery can awaken our deepest talents and insights. Her book is titled BACK TO LIFE: A Journey of Transformation through Back Surgery. Learn more by visiting www.DivineArtsMedia.com. Welcome, Pamela. Why did you write down your experiences as you were going through surgery and how did it help you?



Full BIO: Pamela Douglas is an award-winning writer with numerous credits in television drama, and also a fine artist. In May 2005, facing a degenerative spinal disease that threatened to leave her paralyzed, Pamela underwent major surgery. Her decision and the long recovery that followed inspired her to write BACK TO LIFE: A Journey of Transformation through Back Surgery. Written in journal form as she was going through surgery and recovery, the book takes the reader into the immediacy of the moment and through the transformational power of an experience far beyond surgery. Pamela is also the author of Writing the TV Drama Series (Michael Wiese Productions 2007). The second edition has been translated into many languages. With a third edition due out in 2011, it is considered the premier book on the subject. Pamela has been honored with the Humanitas Prize for Between Mother and Daughter (CBS), an original drama that also won a nomination for the Writers Guild Award. Multiple Emmy nominations and awards, as well as awards from American Women in Radio and Television, have gone to other dramas she has written. Pamela has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America (West) and is a tenured professor in the screenwriting division of the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California.

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