Beyond my Control: One Man's Struggle with Epilepsy, Seizure Surgery & Beyond

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iUniverse, May 9, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 106 pages
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Stuart Ross McCallum shares a true account of his battle with epilepsy-beginning with the peculiar sensations he experienced as a teenager that led to his diagnosis and concluding with his eventual recovery from a temporal lobe lobectomy.

McCallum vividly describes his twenty-year journey of living with epilepsy and how this unpredictable disease has not only impacted his life but the lives of everyone around him. For years he operated a business and managed his staff while battling an ever-increasing number of seizures. As his condition worsened and his postseizure responses became more intense, he was often prone to violent outbursts that threatened his safety as well as the safety of those in his inner circle. McCallum shares how the perception of the disease and the socially unacceptable behaviors that occurred as a result of his seizures eventually forced him to risk everything-he made the life-altering decision to undergo two brain operations that he hoped would provide freedom from a life of instability, danger, and stares from strangers.

Beyond My Control provides an honest, emotional look into a highly complex and often misunderstood condition and how one man's perseverance helped him break through the darkness to find hope on the other side.

 

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User Review  - SheriAWilkinson - LibraryThing

Beyond My Control: One Man's Struggle with Epilepsy, Seizure Surgery & Beyond (Stuart Ross McCallum) An emotional story told from Mr. McCallum's experience. From the beginning before his diagnosis ... Read full review

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Stuart Ross McCallum’s 'Beyond My Control' is a true story of triumph over epilepsy. In his revealing account, he shows the extreme behaviour changes he experienced, pain and struggle. He seemed ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
My Background
3
What are these peculiar sensations?
5
Mystery Solved
16
Enjoying Life
19
Starting my own business
21
A sudden change
34
My Wonder Drug
41
The demise of Stained Glass World
49
Monitoring
53
Up and coming surgery
68
Recovery
81
Afterword
93
About the Author
95
Back Cover
97
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