The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying

Author and blogger Heather B Armstrong writes about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain deathFor years Heather B Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website But in 2016 Heather found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced This book recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to quiet all brain activity for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline Ten times The experience wasn’t easy Not for Heather or her family But a switch was flipped and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression


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    I had never heard of this young woman before reading this book I've since learned she is a well known mommy blogger So it is natural for her to write down her thoughts and to share them with the world Depression is an insidious disease one I don't suffer from though a few people very close to me have at one time or another in their lives In this candid memoir Heather chronicles her life during an eighteen month bout of a severe depression As the single parent to two daughter she simply wanted it all to end The day to day struggle the constant chores she couldn't envision a time when she would feel happy She loved her girls knew deep down she needed to be around for them yet knowing and feeling are two very different thingsIn desperation she agrees to become part of a study only the third participant This is the story of her days glimpses of her past and the treatment she undertakes Mental illness still has such a stigma attached and this played into her fears as well She has a wonderful mother and step father who were with her during every treatment and beyond Family support is crucial This country among many I'm sure need better psychiatric care easier to attain and pay for Awareness is keyARC from Edelweiss