Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery Audiobook | James Patterson, Hal Friedman | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery | [James Patterson, Hal Friedman]

Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head and his life was never the same again. From that day forward his life became a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Cory Friedman wakes up one morning when he is five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head - and his life is never the same. From that day forward, his life becomes a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses.

Soon it becomes unclear what tics are symptoms of his disease and what are side effects of the drugs. The only certainty is that it keeps getting worse. Despite his lack of control, Cory is aware of every embarrassing movement, and sensitive to every person's reaction to his often aggravating presence. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life is a living hell.

Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment. It is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller.

©2008 Hal Friedman; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Against Medical Advice is both harrowing and heartbreaking, but is also a story of astonishing courage. This book stands as a testament to the amazing power of one family's unconditional love for each other." (Tess Gerritsen)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (120 )
5 star
 (54)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.6 (30 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (30 )
5 star
 (20)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Nicole Tolleson, AZ, USA 11-06-08
    Nicole Tolleson, AZ, USA 11-06-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Good Story"

    This story made me realize how we always reach for a pill to make us feel better when it may really be making us even more ill. This was a triumphant story of a parent's love and a child's pain.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 07-20-09
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 07-20-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    215
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful insight"

    This book was a little difficult to listen to. It opened a window into a troubled mind and body in a very poignant way. It also was most helpful, especially if there is someone in your family or close circle of friends that suffers a similar affliction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah Alexandria, VA, USA 02-11-09
    Sarah Alexandria, VA, USA 02-11-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful!"

    This was a wonderful book! It was very well writen. I felt like I was listening to personal diary entires. AMAZING!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nancy ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-09-12
    Nancy ANTIOCH, CA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very heartfelt Story"
    What did you love best about Against Medical Advice?

    This is a terrific true story of triumph


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his life began to turnaround


    Any additional comments?

    Great insight to a very tough disease

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GreenRaccoon Shreveport, LA. USA 11-22-11
    GreenRaccoon Shreveport, LA. USA 11-22-11 Member Since 2006

    59 y/o Dad of 3, widowed from best friend ever, and retired from my long and tiring practice of law.Visually impaired, have enjoyed readings

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An life of torment never understood by anyone else"

    MY son has a severe case of Tourette's Syndrome, which has extended into adulthood. This book, although the writer seemed to improve as he aged, helped me to understand so many of the comments and explanations that my son had tried to share with me over the years. I had it too--and still do at time, but never as severely as my son or as the author of this book.But what they have said has helped me understand the disease and the comorbidity with other illnesses such as ADHD and OCD, many times more clearly, in combination, than any way I have ever heard it before.

    Thanks to the author and his agreement to share his story for the better good of helping others understand and hopefully working toward some treatment or at least an understanding of the illness.

    It was most selfless, and I for one, have great admiration for him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Special CK Tampa, FL 09-15-11
    Special CK Tampa, FL 09-15-11 Member Since 2009

    special ck

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing and inspiring!"

    This is truly a heart warming and inspiring story of a remarkable family! My family is going through some difficult times with one child (21) having high anxiety and OCD and another (23) being bi-polar. Then of course myself having MDD. This kind of information is invaluable! Thank you to Corey's family for telling it and to Corey for never giving up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 01-28-09
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 01-28-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    122
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    225
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "Fascinating!"

    I had heard great things about this book on various radio programs. I purchased it, yet it took me a while to decide to read it. Once I started, I was sorry I waited so long. It was a fascinating read and keep my interest to the point I was unable to turn it off. Not only did I listen in the car, but also took it in and finished it up in the hotel room! I would recommend this book to anyone that has or has known someone with medical issues!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    11-05-08
    11-05-08 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Will Make you laugh and cry"

    Very well written book. I could not stop listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Heather pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-03-08
    Heather pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-03-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent!!"

    I practically listened straight through. The pain and heartache become yours but so does the triumph.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lisa Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-12
    Lisa Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Interesting"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really felt a lot of emotions. A lot of sympathy for everything this family had to go through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about a family that has great strength and determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 11 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.