Mass Market Paperbound
224 pages, 8.88 × 4.2 × 0.49 in
April 27, 2004
Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345470737
ISBN - 13: 9780345470737
Read from the Book
Chapter 1The First DecisionAs 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, 2001When 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 realize
From the Publisher
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.
From the Jacket
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.
“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.”
“MOVING . . . A GENTLE AND IMPRESSIVE MESSAGE FROM SOMEONE WHO REFUSES TO GIVE UP.”
“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.’ ”
“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.”
“Lovely . . . [Reeve’s] book, a manifesto for living life to the fullest, should be on everyone’s bedside table.”
—Millbrook Round Table (NY)