All was well in 1998. Sixteen-year-old Michigan native Andy Phelps was loving life—he captained his hockey team, rode a Harley-Davidson, juggled knives, and had an extraordinary gift for woodworking. Everything changed in an instant when Andy almost lost his life in a car wreck that left him paralyzed. Fifteen years later, Andy has recorded the unique adventures he has encountered while living with paralysis—from the awkwardness of adolescence, to getting as good as made by a television gangster. Andy's witty and irreverent personality shines through in this funny, sad, and most of all honest memoir.
“This beautifully written personal narrative points to the power of appraisal and the power of the connotative meaning of trauma. While one cannot unilaterally change an event, one can dramatically and positively change its meaning. A terrific read for both the rehabilitation professionals and patients and families who undergo physical trauma.”
Lester Butt, Ph.D., ABPP (RP)
Director of the Department of Psychology, Craig Hospital
“Having known Andy Phelps for years I often forget that he’s in a wheelchair because of how amazingly “normal” he is. Due to his outgoing and witty personality, I’ve always assumed things were never really too bad for him. I was wrong. This amazing human being has been to hell and back several times. I’m proud of Andy, and I love him dearly for his genuine spirit, the calmness in his tone, the politeness in his greetings, and the smart-ass comments he delivers to an unsuspecting soul. You’ll laugh out loud, cry like a baby and be charmed by Andy’s warm story-telling. A must read.”
Eric Zane of The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show
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It never ends
Loved it! Captivating. I laughed and cried. I felt I was right there with Andy. I hope you write a sequel. Would love to hear what happened the next 6 years!
Heartbreaking, hilarious and honest in ways I could never be. Read this book now. Even if you’re scared of people in wheelchairs.