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5 Stars Out Of 5
April 23, 2009
This is a book of miracles. It is the unbelievable, inspiring true story of Julie Papievis, a successful businesswoman and athlete whose life was changed forever when her car was struck by a teenage running a red light. Julie sustained brain stem injuries that left her with a mere 4% chance to survive, and never given much hope to recover to any degree.When Julie woke up from a coma three weeks after her accident, she wasn't given great odds for much of a recovery. But with strength and determination and a lot of faith, Julie has recovered and was eventually able to run a 5k race and then go on to run a triathlon. Her journey to recovery was not easy, but her Faith in God and her relationship with Christ enabled her to keep moving forward. Today she is an advocate for others with brain stem injuries, and spends time speaking to groups about her journey and her overwhelming faith.This book outlines her journey. It is inspiring and motivating and had me in tears many times while reading it. For anyone who has struggled with illness, or watched someone they loved struggle with illness, reading book would be a gift. The book fills you with such hope that you can get through another day, that we all have a purpose for our life. Julie Papievis' life is nothing short of a miracle. People are not supposed to recover from what she has recovered so fully from. Experience some of the miracle yourself by reading her story. I can guarantee that you won't forget her, and you won't regret the time you spend with her story.~~Marta's Meanderings http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com
Go Back and Be Happy by Julie Papievis and Margaret McSweeney is the memoirs of Papievis who suffered a traumatic brain stem injury and was not expected to live, but made a miraculous recovery. Papievis was making a simple left turn when a teenager ran a red light and slammed into her. Four weeks later she awoke in a rehabilitation hospital. The last thing she remembered was going to heaven and seeing her grandmothers who told her that her body would be healed, so she needed to "go back and be happy." The injury was so devastating, her family was told not to expect her to survive; her pupils were completely dilated, and she was gasping her last breaths. Her mother and father refused to give up on her getting her physical therapy and praying over her. Papievis went from complete paralyzation on her left side to eventually competing in triathalons. She credits her recovery to faith in God. After suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, she had to run her body over to Him. It was hard for her to accept the new life in front of her, she wanted to return to her old life of athleticism, hard work, and the hope of having children. Once she surrendered herself to God and started to trust that He only wanted good for her, she started to make major strides toward recovery, including running in races and triathalons today. This is an incredible story of recovery and faith, but the writing isn't as compelling and moving as it could be. I never felt completely engaged by the story nor did I connect with Papievis.