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Identity Theft

By: Debra E. Meyerson PhD,Danny Zuckerman
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Identity Theft is an award-winning book that follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and unable to speak. In addition to providing realistic expectations for the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities, Meyerson focuses on the less frequently documented emotional journey in recovery. 

Virtually every survivor is haunted by questions like: “Who am I now?” and “How do I rebuild a meaningful and rewarding life?” after losing so much of what they had before - capabilities, careers and jobs, relationships, and more. This is a book full of hope for survivors - from stroke or other injuries - as well as their families and support networks.

Debra Meyerson and her husband Steve Zuckerman have created Stroke Onward (www.strokeonward.org), a nonprofit initiative of the Social Good Fund, to provide stroke survivors, families, and caregivers with more resources to help them navigate the emotional journey to rebuild their identities and rewarding lives.

Winner of the 2019 Silver Nautilus Book Award, Identity Theft centers on Debra’s experience: her stroke, her extraordinary efforts to recover, and her journey to redefine herself. But she also draws on her skills as a social scientist, sharing stories from several dozen fellow survivors, family members, friends, colleagues, therapists, and doctors she has met and interviewed. 

By sharing this diversity of experiences, Debra highlights how every person is different, every stroke is different, and every recovery is different. She provides a valuable look at the broad possibilities for successfully navigating the challenging physical recovery - and the equally difficult emotional journey toward rebuilding one’s identity and a rewarding life after a trauma like stroke.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Debra E. Meyerson (P)2019 Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Fantastic & Essential Tool Kit for Survivors

Whether you have had a stroke, like I have, or whether you know someone who has or if you simply want to be inspired about how to find meaning as you discover or reinvent your own identity, this book is an essential companion and a true toolkit for moving forward. Unfortunately, given the ever increasing rate of stroke, more people than we might ever have imagined can and will benefit from Debra and her family’s journey.

I am grateful she and her co-writers were able to put these words down on paper and then put those words into the airwaves on Audible (for those of us who couldn’t have made it through a print book). I’m grateful her message of hope, growth and identity came along at just the right time for me personally as I began to struggle with my own loss of identity when my brain simply isn’t working the way it used to and I find even the simplest of tasks no longer simple. reinvent my own identity. I’m so very grateful and highly recommend this book for anyone who has had their life touched by stroke or if you are simply curious about the miraculous power of the mind and human spirit to heal and transform — ourselves and others.

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Phenomenal

I can easily say that this is one of the finest books I've ever read.
A masterpiece for anyone going through, or wanting to discover the complexity, on so many levels, of stroke.
My deepest and most heart felt thanks to Debra and her family for sharing these insights.

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Great insight on stroke survivors

This book offers great insight on the obstacles stroke survivors have to deal with. The loss of one’s self is very common and the struggle to rebuild and define who you are become very important to stroke survivors. A must read (audible) for stroke survivors and caregivers. I am a stroke survivor.

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Highly recommended!

A thoughtful exploration of identity after stroke. I will be recommending it to our stroke survivors and their families.