In this compelling memoir, author Kevin S. Garrison takes you on his journey from undergoing a Syme amputation to a life of service, helping others deal with the effects of physical disability as a Certified and Licensed Prosthetist.
In 1969, teenager Kevin Garrison was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after that, his doctor informed him he needed a Syme amputation, and he would lose his right foot. At that moment, Garrison knew change was upon him forever.
In this true story of survival, Garrison shares his incredible journey facing uncertainties and anger, struggling with emotional and physical pain, and fighting fear as he moves further away from his usual routine and into the world of the permanently disabled.
This memoir is one of those inspirational stories that will help amputees, their family members, and healthcare providers learn how to let go of anger. Exploring his most profound, most personal thoughts, Garrison illustrates a descriptive and sometimes shockingly funny journey as he discovers what it's like to undergo amputee rehabilitation and that rebuilding your life is possible.
In its third edition, It's Just a Matter of Balance will show amputees how to overcome physical disabilities and deal with the effects of physical disability and the emotional pain that comes with it. Garrison draws from other inspirational stories of survival during his time as a Certified and Licensed Prosthetist. In addition, he teaches amputees how to overcome despair as he shows his struggles to rebuild his life.
The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and The Veterans and Active-Duty Military Psychotherapy Treatment Planner recommend the book.
Kirkus Reviews called the book, "A heartwarming debut memoir about finding meaning in the face of loss...His sly sense of humor, meanwhile, provides a good balance to his heavier material."
Garrison knows firsthand that getting advice on dealing with amputee rehabilitation is not easy. However, his memoir, It's Just a Matter of Balance, will help you see how your story can help others. You'll see through Garrison's eyes that rebuilding your life is not only possible but that you can still live a life that involves serving others.
The book chronicles the events leading to Garrison's below-the-knee amputation, his recovery, and the physiological adjustment needed to adopt a prosthetic limb. Additionally, he poignantly details his true feelings, triumphs, setbacks, and positive choices as he learns to focus on his abilities instead of his disabilities and overcome challenges.
It's Just a Matter of Balance shares an eye-opening glimpse into the inspiring life of Garrison, who demonstrates to others that with genuine acceptance of our fate and dedication to anger management, we can live a whole life with significant meaning and purpose.