Happily Ever After: My Journey with Guillain-Barr Syndrome and How I Got My Life Back

Happily Ever After: My Journey with Guillain-Barr Syndrome and How I Got My Life Back

by Holly Gerlach


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At the age of twenty-six, less than three weeks after giving birth to her first child, Holly Gerlach noticed that her fingertips were numb and her legs were weakening. In less than three days, she was paralyzed and could no longer breathe on her own. She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. She was admitted to the hospital, where she spent two and a half months in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. She couldn't move, she couldn't speak, and worst of all, she couldn't hold her newborn daughter. She felt like her life was over as she couldn't be the mother that she had always wanted to be.

As the weeks went on, the paralysis began to wear off. And once she was able to breathe on her own again, she started on her road to recovery. With intense physiotherapy, she learned how to use her muscles again and eventually how to walk again. She was determined, and worked hard, and after a long four months in the hospital, she was able to reach her goal of getting back to her husband and daughter.

Holly Gerlach shares her inspirational story, where she faced the most terrifying and challenging experiences of her life. The book follows her entire journey, starting with the beginning symptoms, through the many months she spent in the hospital. The story continues on well past her release from the hospital, where she fought to regain her independence and eventually got her life back.

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ISBN-13: 9781466953802
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 341,413
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Happily Ever After: My Journey with Guillain-Barr Syndrome and How I Got My Life Back 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had GBS when I was six yrs old now I am 21 and found out a few months ago that it never went away which is why I have been feeling the way I am it could get worse or stay the same but I never have talk to anyone thay has had it and I found this story and it really helped be understand it more and understand what I am feeling. It was really a remarkable story and it takes a very strong person to handle what was thrown her way. WAY TO KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND STAY STRONG!!
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
As the wife of a man who is currently on a journey with Guilain-Barre Syndrome, I found this book both informative and inspiring. Our neurologists and therapists have been very informative, but it's always good to hear from someone who has been there personally. She's honest, without being too negative - which one could do, when in the midst of an attack of GBS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its amazing to understandsome methods of GBS and thank you for sharing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago