Nothing Is Impossible

by Christopher Reeve

Random House Publishing Group | April 27, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

Nothing Is Impossible is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In these candid reflections, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He teaches us that for able-bodied people, paralysis is a choice—a choice to live with self-doubt and a fear of taking risks—and that it is not an acceptable one. Reeve knows from experience that the work of conquering inner space is hard and that it requires some suffering—after all, nothing worth having is easy to attain. He asks challenging questions about why it seems so difficult—if not impossible—for us to work together as a society. Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.85 × 4.19 × 0.61 in

Published: April 27, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345470737

ISBN - 13: 9780345470737

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Things First...But Not Necessarily In That Order Looking at Christopher Reeve’s Nothing Is Impossible, you’re expecting to learn how Reeve adjusted when he went from Superman to quadriplegic. From Man of Steel, to man in a wheelchair. What I got, was a story that didn’t tell me how Reeve adjusted, but told me how he learned to live again. Illustrated with pictures that his son, Matthew, took, Nothing Is Impossible is a story that makes you think about what true strength really is. Reeve’s biggest, and most certainly well known, role, was as Clark Kent in Superman, Superman 2, Superman 3 and Superman 4. Because of these, Reeve was used to being basically on top of the world. I believe this made becoming a quadriplegic that much harder. “During weight training for Superman, I could bench-press more than my own weight. Now I was using the same amount of effort to pick up my wrist.” There were many things that Reeve had to do when you first awoke on that hospital bed. “First I had to learn how to swallow.” Reeve and his wife, Dana, also had to completely remodel their home so that Reeve could eat, sleep and work all on the same level. Learning how to live again, and believing that he could not be a Father to his children because of his disability, ultimately led Reeve to consider taking his life. What changed his mind is when Dana said, “You’re still you, and I love you.” With that in mind, Reeve was now determined to make it work. What helped along this cause is when he taught his youngest son, Will, to ride a bike while he was in his wheelchair. Reeve tackled his new life with a vengeance. He became the advocate for quadriplegics everywhere, lobbying for more money for health care. Because of his lobbying, Reeve became very well known, especially throughout the United States, and he became a test subject to see if he could eventually learn to do stuff on his own again. With the help of many physical therapists and costly exercise equipment, Reeve was able to learn how to sit on his own, without his wheelchair, and he learned to move his fingers, too. Perhaps, the most satisfying experience for Reeve, was using the tilt table. With the tilt table, Reeve’s physical therapists laid him down on the table, and slowly tilted him so he was standing completely upright (they had straps to support him). “For the first time since my accident, I was 6’ 4” again.” Christopher Reeve’s Nothing Is Impossible is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who likes Superman even if they haven’t watched the original (I myself have only seen the TV series, Lois and Clark as well as Smallville). Or even if you don’t like Superman, this book is an inspirational message, through and through. Though Reeve didn’t live long enough to see it, the United State’s latest president, Obama, has lifted a stem cell ban. Now, stem cell research can be, and will be funded by the government. I’m sure if Reeve was still around, he would consider this a great victory, and I believe this was his success. He was the one who started it, helping people see the light of day. And I believe that Reeve had it right when he said, “It is no longer appropriate to use the word, ‘impossible’.”
Date published: 2012-10-23

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Nothing Is Impossible

by Christopher Reeve

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.85 × 4.19 × 0.61 in

Published: April 27, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345470737

ISBN - 13: 9780345470737

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Chapter 1 The First Decision As the old saying goes, you better know what you want because you might get it and you''ve got to accept it. Whether you succeed or whether you encounter adversity you always have to believe in your worth as a person. That''s what counts. -Remarks at a success seminar in Portland, Oregon, February 6, 2001 When I made those comments in 2001, it was no longer difficult for me to say to anyone that you have to believe in your worth as a person. But in the intensive care unit at the University of Virginia on June 1, 1995, I had no such belief. Far from it. On that day I regained consciousness to find myself lying in traction, a heavy metal ball suspended behind my head attached to a metal frame secured by screws in each temple. I learned that as the result of a fall during an equestrian competition I had broken my neck just centimeters below the brain stem, and that my chances of surviving the surgery to reattach my head to my spinal column were 50/50 at best. Even if the operation was successful, I would still remain paralyzed from the shoulders down and unable to breathe on my own. I heard the whooshing sound of a ventilator as it pumped oxygen into my lungs through a long tube inserted into a hole in my neck. I''ve lived with that sound for many years. The moment I understood the gravity of my situation my immediate reaction was that such a life was unacceptable, even though I knew absolutely nothing about living as a vent-dependent quadriplegic. I
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Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In these candid reflections, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He teaches us that for able-bodied people, paralysis is a choice—a choice to live with self-doubt and a fear of taking risks—and that it is not an acceptable one. Reeve knows from experience that the work of conquering inner space is hard and that it requires some suffering—after all, nothing worth having is easy to attain. He asks challenging questions about why it seems so difficult—if not impossible—for us to work together as a society. Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude.

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Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In these candid reflections, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. He teaches us that for able-bodied people, paralysis is a choice--a choice to live with self-doubt and a fear of taking risks--and that it is not an acceptable one. Reeve knows from experience that the work of conquering inner space is hard and that it requires some suffering--after all, nothing worth having is easy to attain. He asks challenging questions about why it seems so difficult--if not impossible--for us to work together as a society. "Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude.

About the Author

Christopher Reeve has established a reputation as one of the country’s leading actors, and since he was paralyzed in an equestrian competition in 1995, he has put a human face on spinal cord injury. Reeve is the chairman of the board of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) and the vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability, and he lobbies vigorously for health-care reform and funding for research. He is the author of the bestselling book Still Me and lives in upstate New York with his wife, Dana, and their children.

Visit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Web site at www.christopherreeve.org and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center Web site at www.paralysis.org.

Editorial Reviews

“GRACEFUL, PERSUASIVE . . . A reflective mixture of policy advocacy, personal philosophy and candid self-observation.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[A] SUPER SHOT OF INSPIRATION . . . REEVE’S CANDOR AND UNSELFISH NATURE ARE APPARENT IN EVERY PAGE.”
—The Oklahoman

“MOVING . . . A GENTLE AND IMPRESSIVE MESSAGE FROM SOMEONE WHO REFUSES TO GIVE UP.”
—Deseret News

“This book may awaken in the reader a desire to find within oneself, one’s family and friends, and one’s higher power the hope and wherewithal to live life as though ‘nothing is impossible.’ ”
—Quest magazine

“Reeve’s style is simple and genuine, you can feel his longing as you turn each page. . . . Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted—it should be embraced with passion, kindness and gratitude. . . . This is a potent message we have heard many times, but it’s the messenger who gives these words brimming resonance.”
—Coral Gables Gazette (FL)

“Nothing Is Impossible is written completely without either corrosive self-pity or false vanity. In many ways, it is a completely ordinary book—
and that may be its greatest strength.”
—Bookreporter.com

“Lovely . . . [Reeve’s] book, a manifesto for living life to the fullest, should be on everyone’s bedside table.”
—Millbrook Round Table (NY)
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