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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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Nicole
  • Tolleson, AZ, USA
  • 11-06-08

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.

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  • Eunice
  • Harrodsburg, KY, United States
  • 07-20-09

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.

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  • Sarah
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • 02-11-09

Wonderful!

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

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Wonderful, inspirational, true story

There are many great lessons in this book. I listened to it mostly by accident. My wife, who passed away nearly two years ago bought AMAm, and I just discovered it in My Library after transferring her Library to mine. I don't know if Anne, my wife, listened to AMA our not, but I certainly consider my discovery of this book one more gift from her.

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  • Nancy
  • ANTIOCH, CA, United States
  • 05-09-12

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?

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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

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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.

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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!

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  • Connie
  • Shawnee, KS, United States
  • 01-28-09

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!

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Will Make you laugh and cry

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

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  • Heather
  • pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 11-03-08

Excellent!!

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

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