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Relentless

How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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An incredible journey of determination and recovery

In 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of the week. And then, on April 21, 2005, all that came to an end. He had a massive ischemic stroke. Doctors feared he wouldn’t make it, or if he did make it, he would be in a vegetative state in a hospital bed for the rest of his life. 

But miraculously, that’s not what happened....

In Relentless, Ted W. Baxter describes his remarkable recovery. Not only did he live, but he's walking and talking again. He moves through life almost as easily as he did before the stroke; only now, his life is better. He’s learned that having a successful career is maybe not the most important thing. He’s learned to appreciate life more. He's learned that he wants to help people - and that’s what he does. He gives back, volunteering his time and effort to help other stroke victims. 

Relentless is a wonderful resource for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life. 

©2018 Ted Baxter (P)2018 Ted Baxter

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Excellent read!

Loved this book on determination! Wow. Wow wow! Must read for anyone struggling with physical issues. He proves that iron clad, relentless determination can get you through.

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did you sue the hospital

sounds like medical malpractice. did you do again about not being properly treated. the story is great overall just please tell me what you did about the hospitals negligence. missjayjax@gmail.com

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  • 04-16-19

Excellent book

This is a great story about a seemingly healthy man who succumbs to a stroke at age 41. Despite the severity of his stroke, he makes amazing progress and recovers to an extent no one thought possible. He was left with just his aphasia after all his therapies were completed. It's an inspiring story that makes you think about how much we can do once we set our minds to it. The author of the book made the impossible possible. It was a great read I couldn't let go of once I started.

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The stroke allowed the ego to remain intact!

This book was a great disappointment. I waited for the shroud of ignorance to lift, but though he is relentless in pursuing his healing, he leaves a shattered marriage in the wake of his illness without any comprehension of his gratuitous actions. This man cannot show a modicum of compassion...all his actions are about himself. A pity. God bless him. I hope his former wife Kelly has survived this nightmare intact.

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  • 08-16-18

Let's hear it for those with aphasia!

This book is mostly excellent due to its value to those who have never dealt with the devastation a classic stroke may bring. However, let me give my impression of its negatives.
From early in his life to the present he seems to be the most self absorbed person I've encountered in a while. Driven, to be sure, especially in the aspects of body, money, and position.
While most people post stroke have judgment problems, I have real issues about his managing to rent a car and put countless others at serious risk.
I felt that he pretty much glossed over the value and judgment of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and I find it hard to accept that RIC backslid to the point of not emphasizing Music and Art Therapies, not to mention early days with Speech/Language Pathologists.
All of the hard work he did to organize comprehensive programs for aphasia should be loudly applauded.
Insofar as the marriage issues are concerned, when family members asked if the person was ever going to be the same; our answer was "Will you? "
Disclaimer: as an RN I have worked with stroke and TBI patients off and on for many years, including a number of years working in a small progressive facility in SE Wisconsin which serviced patients unacceptable to RIC.
Another disclaimer: I won an ebook copy in a Goodreads Giveaway. However, I then purchased the audiobook.
Charles Constant did a remarkable job of narration.