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Crazy visitation : a chronicle of illness and recovery
Nettles, Saundra Murray.
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2001]

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xviii, 164 pages ; 21 cm
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RC280.B7 N465 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Detected only four days before its removal, the growth inside Saundra Murray Nettles had been encroaching on her left frontal lobe perhaps for decades. This work is Nettles' candid account of living - unaware - with the tumour, the operation to excise it, and her battle back to social wholeness.

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In 1995, Nettles (human development, Univ. of Maryland) had a noncancerous meningioma tumor removed from her brain. It was the third largest in the history of Johns Hopkins, where the surgery was performed. Before her surgery, she underwent many years of misdiagnosed aphasia, depression, memory loss, personality deterioration, seizures, and speech problems. She was placed on various antidepressants but never thoroughly diagnosed, nor was she referred to a neurologist. This carefully written, highly personal, and unpitying memoir of an illness is one of the few patient-oriented books about brain tumors out there. It has the added bonus of a foreword by Nettles's surgeon, placing the book in medical and historic perspective. Readers may also want to check out Navigating Through a Strange Land: A Book for Brain Tumor Patients and Their Families (Indigo Pr., 1995), which contains brief personal stories from individuals diagnosed with various types of brain tumors. Highly recommended for consumer health, women's studies, and African American studies collections. Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.