Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2009 M03 17 - 288 pages
James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.
In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.
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The only catch was that the doctors told me that it could take years to recover,
and so the question of whether or not I would ever play again continuously
lingered in the air. Zoster is often triggered by stress, so it made perfect sense
that it hit ...
After we'd been there for a while, a doctor came in to brief us on his condition. We
were heartened when she told us that he was eligible for an experimental drug
that had had some small, but positive, effect on black and Asian patients.
He also took great pride that he continued to exercise: I was with him on one of
those hospital visits when the doctor, on his way out of the room, stopped and
remembered to tell my father how to limit his workouts. As soon as the door
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I found the book interesting and easy to read due to the content and good writting. Being a tennis fan I found the book to show the reasons the commentators use very positive words describing James Blake. James his mother and brother are always shown respect when referring to them. Read full review