When Allison arrived at our facility (National Rehab Hospital, Wash., D.C.), she was in an incredibly fragile physical state, but even so, her indomitable spirit was evident. She persevered through and triumphed over one of the most frightening experiences imaginable--going from a confident independent business woman to being TOTALLY and COMPLETELY reliant on strangers to provide her care: from the mundane to the most intimate aspects of daily life. 'Inspirational' and 'hero' are terms thrown around so frequently and loosely today that their meaning has been diluted. Allison is all of those, but more importantly, she has fought to become 'normal' again."

Lisa M. Maddox, M.D.
The Polytrauma Amputee Network System Medical Director Veterans Administration Medical Center

Allison O’Reilly’s story is one of incredible strength and determination. She would not accept lifelong disability, she would not stay ‘locked-in’. And all of us who have come to know her are better for it.”

Anita Brikman
Former Health Correspondent/Anchor WUSA9

Stories of miraculous recovery give hope and inspiration to all stroke survivors and their families. This is a story of recovery that is not easily duplicated; a shining example of dedication to recovery and believing in yourself. Anyone touched by the effects of stroke can learn from the bravery and the spirit of Allison.”

Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SL
Founder and Executive Director, Stroke Comeback Center

Oh, she's the best outcome I've ever seen after a locked in. That doesn't mean it's good, but it's the best I've ever seen.”

Dr. Nancy Futrell, M.D. Neurology
Intermountain Stroke Center

Sometimes I think my life would make a great TV movie. It even has the part where they say “Stand by. We are experiencing temporary difficulties.”

Robert Brault


We understood more of what our loved one's experience and thoughts may be by providing a ...
By Jessica Sarkis on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was so helpful to my family and I, as my sister underwent a sudden and major stroke, also leaving her with Locked In Syndrome this Spring. After reading Allison's story, it gave us hope and strength to know that she can overcome this situation and offered key personal testimony. We understood more of what our loved one's experience and thoughts may be by providing a first-hand account. We thank Allison for sharing her story and helping others in their stroke recovery plight.

A Must Read Book for those for whom the word "stroke" has become part of their lives.
By Beach Walker on July 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Allison has written an important and truly inspirational book about her experience with a locked-in syndrome stroke. Her recovery appears to be nothing short of a miracle, but, as she clearly explains, it was the result of hard work, determination and an insistence by her loved ones that anything short of a recovery was "Not Acceptable." There is much to be learned from this book, about strokes, hospitals, medical care and forms of therapy. For anyone who has suffered a stroke, or had a loved one experience a stroke, this book is a must-read. You cannot help but coming away knowing and caring about Allison and feeling as if you have a fighting chance if a stroke enters your life.

Read this book and tell your friends about it
By J PAUL WILLIAMSON on July 18, 2014
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This book provides a seldom seen view of recovery from a stroke that caused the usually disastrous condition called locked-in syndrome. The fact that the author was able to overcome the condition makes us all realize what the human spirit can accomplish. If you, or anyone you know, want an easy and uplifting read, this is the book for you.

A great read for those living with stroke as well as ...
By Jade Bender on July 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
A great read for those living with stroke as well as those who are wanting to learn more about coping with the changes from stroke. I especially like this read for students and new professionals working in the field of stroke as it gives insightful perspective from the stroke survivors experience.

A great read for someone new to healthcare or a student
By Elissa Federovich on July 23, 2014
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A great read for someone new to healthcare or a student. Gives great insight into the person behind the patient and how positive thinking and patient advocacy can aid recovery from a stroke. Also a great resource for a family member or caregiver trying to advocate for their loved one.

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