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"At a critical juncture during brain surgery, Alex Dixon, age 12, had a stroke...."

Alex was a normal, bright, and healthy little girl, when the sudden onset of a mysterious illness began to take over her life. Months of physical therapy and medication failed to provide relief from acute pain and muscle spasms. Doctors across the country were at a loss for answers. A last ditch attempt at treatment, brain surgery, ended up stopping the spasms but with unexpected, dire consequences.

A Stroke of Luck is the remarkable true story of a close-knit family that meets challenge after challenge with resilience, hope, and love.

Juli K. Dixon, Ph.D. is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. A prolific writer and speaker, she has published numerous textbooks and delivered keynote presentations throughout the United States. She lives in Central Florida with her husband Marc and their two daughters. Her younger daughter and co-author Jessica Dixon began writing this book when she was eleven years old.

©2014 Juli K. Dixon & Jessica Dixon (P)2014 Brook Forest Voices

Critic Reviews

"A compelling account of a family fighting for its sanity, wholeness, and sense of normal during an unplanned journey. Be prepared to cry, to cheer, to hope, and to be amazed." (Timothy D. Kanold, Ph.D. former superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a recurring recipient of the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.)

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fantastic

Loved it! Amazing story about how parents need to be advocates for their kids. Also about how our plans are not always THE plans.

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Such an inspirational story

My professor is the author of this book and has talked about her family's story in class. I wanted to read more about it and am so happy I did. The book will make you cry, laugh, get frustrated, and cheer. They are a real family and it's captured through the stories. I highly recommend it to everyone as it shows what you can overcome with love, support, and perseverance. Alex and her family are so inspirational.

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A must read!! - or listen to :)

An amazing narrative of the difficult and trying yet incredibly unifying family trial that proves to be an inspiration to all who have faced moments they felt were insurmountable. Dr. Dixon and Jessica make the very real, but sometimes embarrassing spectrum of human emotions approachable and helps us all to accept our own struggles with strength, determination and the presence of mind to demand the best from ourselves, for ourselves as well as from and for those we love. A Stroke of Luck reminds us that with a village of loving, caring and dedicated supporters the best of every situation is certain to rise from what seems to be ashes. A must read!!