SMCM student Brian Boyles very personal account of his miraculous recovery from a near fatal car accident. On Sale now at amazon.com
But it was not always so easy to look forward. After the accident, he spent two months in an induced coma at Prince Georges Hospital Center. He was conscious for part of it, but paralyzed - couldnt tell anyone. Then came pneumonia, infections, seizures, and pain. As time went by, he would create goals; first simple ones, tie the shoe, stand up; then bigger ones, swim across the pool. There are still setbacks, but the now burly Boyle has successfully run ironmans, hes a certified personal trainer, and even talks of swimming the English Channel.
So why revisit the tough times and write a book? When I first got home the nurses told me to keep a journal, a log. It was a good idea, because it helped me to understand psychologically the emotional impact , he said. The art major went on to say that the pen became sort of like a paintbrush. There were so many things I couldnt talk about then, not even to my parents. It was my escape, and it helped me gain perspective.