Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet

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Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and the Business That Got Me Back on My Feet

Format:  Hardcover,

220 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Books

Publish Date: Jun 2010

ISBN-13: 9781401323431

ISBN-10: 140132343X

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Walking Papers is the incredibly inspiring story of a young man who wouldn't give up. Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to Long Island for the weekend--but a nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything, forever. Paralyzed from the neck down, Francesco was told by his doctors that he would never move from his bed or even breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back. Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a doctor himself, investigated every opportunity for experimental treatment, and Francesco used every resource available to speed his recovery. To avoid having his lungs painfully suctioned, he sang, loudly, for hours--and that was just the beginning.

Francesco moved back home with his parents and began the long process toward recovery. Many doctors discourage patients with spinal cord injury from pursuing physical therapy beyond very basic movements, but Francesco embarked on a five-hour daily regimen, including the treadmill program that Christopher Reeve had made famous. Soon he astounded the medical establishment with his progress.

Francesco's accident also left him unable to sweat out toxins, leaving his complexion poor. He and his father began to experiment, and the Clark's Botanicals skin-care line was born. Now CB products are sold worldwide in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, and the company has won many major fashion awards and is enjoyed by a host of celebrities. The lessons Francesco learned about persistence from his recovery process, and the loving support of his amazing family, have both contributed to his incredible business success.

Seven years after the accident, Francesco continues to improve and to surprise his doctors--for instance, he can now work on a computer. Walking Papers is the inspiring story of how, with individual determination and unconditional family support, Francesco Clark overcame extreme adversity and achieved an extraordinary triumph. Praise for Walking Papers by Francesco Clark

"Walking Papers so beautifully illuminates the tenacity of the human spirit and the desire to choose hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Francesco's fresh, engrossing book proves that a disability or diagnosis is not a death sentence, but a life sentence. His journey so aptly illustrates that there is life after devastation and trauma. I found myself cheering him from every page."
--Lee Woodruff, coauthor, In an Instant

"Francesco Clark's personal journey is an inspiration to everyone. His triumph and achievements over adversity reflect the determination and faith of the human spirit."
--John Demsey, president, Este Lauder

"I read Francesco Clark's Walking Papers when I should have been working, and was immediately swept into his story of crisis and hope. His doctors, his nurses, friends, and family all try to protect him from false hope. But Francesco's will is irrepressible and potent. His story is the triumph of optimism in the face of daunting, heartbreaking hopelessness."
--Linda Wells, editor in chief, Allure

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Author:
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publish Date: Jun 2010
ISBN-13: 9781401323431
ISBN-10: 140132343X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 220
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.64 x 0.79 x 9.52

Chapter outline

Foreword
Prologue
Baby Steps
Before
Breathing, Somehow
I Sing, Therefore I Breathe
Unhooked
Starting Therapy
The New Routine
Jumping the Curb
Madonna
Mrs. Mulleavy
Moving On
Adaptation
The Elephant in the Room
One Year On
The Next Step
Hey, Look Who's Walking!
A Doctor's Son
The Reeve Effect
Learning to Stand My Ground
Touchdown
Post-Op
Detroit
Stepping Out
What Now?
Jamine Absolute
What Do You Want to Do Today?
Connecting the Dots
Twenty-Nine
The New Sensation
The Reeve Foundation
Regeneration
Epilogue: Here Today
Acknowledgments

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-10-01)

At 24, Clark became paralyzed from the neck down when he accidentally dove into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He soon found himself suffering from other ailments as a result of his injuries, including the inability to sweat, which wreaked havoc on his skin. Despite the discouraging medical prognosis and his frequent bouts of depression, Clark forged ahead in life, working with his physician father to develop a line of all-natural skincare products that helped to alleviate his condition and eventually became a part of the skin-care company he today runs.

Actor/musician Kirby Heyborne does an admirable job with the narration, managing wholly to channel Clark's determination, humor, optimism, and spirit. Though emotionally difficult to listen to at times, this inspiring account will appeal to anyone liking memoirs about overcoming adversity.

-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Walking Papers is the incredibly inspiring story of a young man who wouldn't give up. Francesco Clark was a twenty-four-year-old with a bright future when he went to Long Island for the weekend-but a nocturnal dive into the pool's shallow end changed everything, forever. Paralyzed from the neck down, Francesco was told by his doctors that he would never move from his bed or even breathe without assistance. But Francesco fought back.

Within days, he was breathing on his own. His father, a doctor himself, investigated every opportunity for experimental treatment, and Francesco used every resource available to speed his recovery. To avoid having his lungs painfully suctioned, he sang, loudly, for hours-and that was just the beginning. Francesco moved back home with his parents and began the long process toward recovery. Many doctors discourage patients with spinal cord injury from pursuing physical therapy beyond very basic movements, but Francesco embarked on a five-hour daily regimen, including the treadmill program that Christopher Reeve had made famous.

Soon he astounded the medical establishment with his progress. Francesco's accident also left him unable to sweat out toxins, leaving his complexion poor. He and his father began to experiment, and the Clark's Botanicals skin-care line was born. Now CB products are sold worldwide in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, and the company has won many major fashion awards and is enjoyed by a host of celebrities. The lessons Francesco learned about persistence from his recovery process, and the loving support of his amazing family, have both contributed to his incredible business success.

Seven years after the accident, Francesco continues to improve and to surprise his doctors-for instance, he can now work on a computer. Walking Papers is the inspiring story of how, with individual determination and unconditional family support, Francesco Clark overcame extreme adversity and achieved an extraordinary triumph.

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