The Fight of Our Life: A True Story of Crisis, Hope, and Love by Catherine HawleyThe Fight of Our Life: A True Story of Crisis, Hope, and Love by Catherine Hawley

The Fight of Our Life: A True Story of Crisis, Hope, and Love

byCatherine Hawley

Paperback | November 10, 2014

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"It was a virtual death sentence.
The resident at the hospital had just said, "We are recommending Bill be sent to a nursing home. He has some cognitive issues and is unlikely to benefit from rehabilitation."
Complications had set in ten days after successful brain surgery. Fewer than four weeks later, still unable to clearly define the cause, the medical team had reached its decision. They were giving up on him.
My husband was fifty-six years old. It was my unshakeable belief that their decision was both wrong and premature. We had everything at stake. Suddenly I was fighting for his life. Our life.
How the hell did we get to this?"
"The Fight of Our Life" is Catherine Hawley's dramatic, no-holds-barred account of her battles with the health care system to attain rehabilitation and a higher quality of life for her husband -- at home -- allowing them more years of their special life together. It is a soaring love story and a sobering patient beware story -- a dramatic, engaging read with clear warnings of how readers should prepare for medical struggles ahead.
"Touching and terrifying -- a story of what 'in sickness and in health till death us do part' means in the context of a health care system that does not always heal and care." -SUSAN McIVER, PhD, author of "Medical Nightmares: The Human Face of Errors " and former professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
""The Fight of Our Life" is not only a riveting good read, it is an opportunity to save a life by arming yourself with the lessons the author learned in navigating the health care maze." -STEVE HARDEN, author of "Never Go to the Hospital Alone" and Chairman and CEO of LIfeWings Partners LLC
"This deeply engaging journey -- full of love, knowing, and struggle -- calls for a revolution in health care." -MARYANNE BROWN, RN, BScN, MSc, Advanced Practice Nurse
CATHERINE HAWLEY is an entrepreneur and freelance writer who lives in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, with her faithful dog Jessie. She is working on her next book, about parents', children's, and health care professionals' experiences of adverse effects in health care.
Title:The Fight of Our Life: A True Story of Crisis, Hope, and LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:November 10, 2014Publisher:BPS BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927483964

ISBN - 13:9781927483961

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'What You Don't Know Can Hurt You." While reading "The Fight of Our Life" I felt a roller coaster of emotions, from anger to amazement, shock to pure joy, appreciation to alarm. I realize now how easily a patient might experience misdiagnosis, medication errors, incorrect prognosis, lack of appropriate follow-up care and more, both in hospital and at home. There are joyful, laugh out-loud moments, and a beautiful love story within. This book raises awareness of the inadequacies and "mishaps" of medical systems in general and how they can fail us. Author, Catherine Hawley, also shows how vital it is to be or have your own advocate to ensure adequate care. Great lessons in the Appendix to assist any and all of us.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love has no borders Brave couple tries to survive obstacles of faults in the healthcare system. No accusations, no complaints, just keeping going forward in survival. Love story that we enjoy reading about and at the same time understanding that no system is perfect, and that we need to work on improvement of existing what is actually there. The book is certainly on my list of good literature.
Date published: 2015-02-03