Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love,
Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm
By Robert Wintner
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Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm is a first-person narrative of incidents leading up to, through and after a cerebral aneurysm and hemorrhage in the immediate family. The action includes the dramatic process ongoing in trauma centers designed to process sudden occurrence of aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage and morbidity. The American Medical Association estimates that 3% of all populations have aneurysm that may or may not leak—about 3½ million people in the U.S.
While the procedures and protocol for sudden onslaught are rote and fundamentally unchanged over the ages, hygienic and technological advances have reduced hazards. Death and debilitation statistics are still daunting, and Brainstorm factors a new component into the procedural mix, whereby a conscientious and healthy husband and wife seek participation in the process, to no avail.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm by Robert Wintner in exchange for an honest review.
As a book reviewer I rarely find myself feeling ambivalent about a book, but as I sit down to write this review I’m still sorting out how I feel about Brainstorm. I can say that it elicited a flood of emotions as I read through it.
I admire Mr. Wintner’s style of writing and the raw emotion exposed by the breast cancer diagnosis and later with the diagnosis of the aneurysm. I don’t find myself particularly drawn to the gentleman’s lack of tact in referring to parts of the female anatomy throughout.
This is an amazing story of love, discovery, adversity, and ultimately, of vanquishing. This is also a story that discloses one of the most intimidating parts of tackling any illness and communicating with the medical community. In the event of a life-threatening illness such as an aneurysm, everything escalates as seemingly every moment counts in getting treatment to the area affected.
This isn’t a book that one would pick up to read without expecting to live along with the Wintners the angst of living, treating, and surviving an aneurysm.
I highly recommend Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm by Robert Wintner and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.
©November 17, 2015
Robert Wintner lives and works on Maui with his wife Anita, seven cats and Cookie the dog, who came in emaciated at 14 pounds, unable to stand. Cookie at 60 pounds raises a ruckus on the beach or in the living room in her continuing drive to make the world a happier place. The entire family eats well, stays fit and enjoys good health under blue skies.
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