The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.
The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.
I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.
Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband’s face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life–and love–when everything’s changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.
Lindsey O’Connor is an author, a freelance journalist, and a speaker who has contributed to public radio’s Weekend America, WashingtonPost.com, The Rocky Mountain News, Christianity Today, Writer’s Digest, Guideposts, and others. She has reported internationally, is a former broadcaster, was a finalist for an Audie Award, and is a member of The Association of Independents in Radio and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She and her family live in Colorado.
“Be careful picking up The Long Awakening because you may be unable to put it down. With clear-eyed intelligence and heart, Lindsey O’Connor succeeds in taking her readers along on her journey through coma, awakening, and an arduous recovery aided by her family and, above all, her loving husband. This is a moving, intimate story, arrestingly written, that glimmers with a keen understanding of what matters.” —John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and editor of Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound
“Brilliant and renewing. A spectacular work of reflection, remembering, reconciling, and recovering. Substantial and wonderful. Memoir writing at its finest.” —Patricia Raybon, author of My First White Friend and I Told the Mountain to Move
“For Lindsey O’Connor, surviving a 47-day coma was only prologue to a miraculous story of science, doubt, faith, and love. Hers is an astonishing narrative, courageously told.” —David Schulman, former senior producer BBC Americana and creator of public radio’s Musicians in Their Own Words
The Long Awakening is about Lindsey O’Connor’s recovery after the birth of her baby, Catherine, when she almost lost her life. She dove into a 47-day coma, after almost bleeding out.
Lindsey’s account is a heart-wrenching story told in her own perspective that draws you into the infinite details of her coming out of the life-threatening coma (what it was like), what she does and doesn’t remember (I had a baby?), and how she coped with the aftereffects( Lord, help me.). Since it is a memoir, it’s very personal yet uplifting in many ways.
It’s a superb book for those who have suffered a coma and how to rest in the Lord through the process. It’s not a mamby pamby, everything-glows-afterwards type of book. It’s realistic in dealing with the issues. It’s also a book for loved ones dealing with a family member in a coma and it’s ramifications. It gives wonderful insight into communication, cooperation and tons of love throughout the ordeal. True friends stayed for the long haul.
The touching part of the story for me is how the family rallied together throughout the whole ordeal. Yes, there were definitely difficult times, but the unity of the family members is what family life is about. Love abounded. Grace did, too.
Wonderfully written and extremely enlightening. Get your copy today at this destination.
Thank you to Lanette Haskins, Assistant Publicist at Baker Publishing Group,for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No financial compensation was received.