The Body Broken

The Body Broken

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
In the tradition of William Styron’s tour de force Darkness Visible, The Body Broken is a gorgeously told and intensely moving account of one woman’s extraordinary odyssey into a life of chronic pain–and of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit.

At age nineteen, Lynne Greenberg narrowly survived a devastating car crash. When her broken neck healed–or so everyone thought–her recovery was hailed as a medical miracle and she returned to normal life. Years later, she seemed to have it all: a loving husband, two wonderful children, a peaceful home, and a richly satisfying job as a tenured poetry professor. Then, one morning, this blissful façade shattered–the pain in her neck returned in the most vicious way. A life with physical agony ensued.

Greenberg realized that she had been living for years on borrowed time. As she and her family navigated an increasingly complicated web of doctors and specialists, Greenberg taught herself to fight her own battles–against a medical system ill-equipped to handle patients with chronic pain, and against the emotional pitfalls of a newly restricted life. Drawing on her family’s support, her own indomitable spirit, and an intense connection to the poetry she taught, Greenberg found the strength to return to a productive and satisfying–if irrevocably changed–life. This deeply personal saga takes us to the heart of a family’s struggle to survive a crisis, and shows us how, at the most profound levels, such an odyssey affects a patient’s marriage, the ability to parent, family, work, and friendships.

The Body Broken is a powerful, lyrical story of one woman’s remarkable determination and breathtaking courage, as she puts mind over matter in the struggle to reclaim her life.


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At 19, Greenberg narrowly survived a devastating car crash. When her broken neck healed, she was hailed as a medical miracle. But when an unbearable pain in her neck returned many years later, she and her family were forced to deal with a medical system ill-equipped to handle patients with chronic pain.

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& Taylor

Tells the intensely moving story of how the author, after surviving a devastating car crash and recovering in seemingly miraculous fashion, awoke one morning with this blissful facade shattered as she began to realize she never properly healed and was living on borrowed time.
The author describes how, after surviving a devastating car crash and recovering in seemingly miraculous fashion, she awoke one morning with her blissful facade shattered as she began to realize she never properly healed and was living on borrowed time.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067428
1400067421
Characteristics: xvi, 220 p. ; 22 cm

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Nov 01, 2011

This author suddently suffers from incurable headaches. At first she simply goes to bed for over a year, becomes the center of attention, and leans on everyone. She gets stupid on opiates, so she quits narcotics. Eventually, she toughens up, stops asking for sympathy, lessens her life, and even takes opiates during spikes.

She learns everything I've already gone through and arrives at the place I'm already at.

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