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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A vicious illness, zoster had paralyzed the left side of my face, distorted my sense
of taste and hearing, and robbed me of my equilibrium. I was so comfortable with
this crowd that I often forgot about the fact that I was sick, or that my face looked ...
This is the story of my relationship with life, and how I got through those dark days
, arriving on the other side with a new understanding, and a new approach to
everything I do, on the court, and off. JAMES BLAKE Fairfield, Connecticut ...
One side of me was having an out-of-body experience; the other was firmly in
touch with my body and anxiously aware of the butterflies that were inhabiting my
entire stomach. Somehow, I pulled myself together, and before long, I was in the
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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