In July 2005, due to a medical condition known as orthostatic hypotension, I became unconscious, fell and broke my neck at the C2 vertebra. Due to the fast actions of my wife and an extremely talented medical team, I was fortunate to escape becoming a quadriplegic which is the result of the majority of C2 fractures. Although I have great limitations of lateral movement as well as chronic pain, I consider myself to be very lucky and I try to make the most of every day.
As an additional way of coping with this severe injury, I began writing a journal of my experience. When I shared some of my thoughts and feelings with friends and colleagues, it was suggested that I turn this work into a memoir.
It is my hope that Haloman: A Memoir of Survival Against All Medical Odds, published in spring 2011, will be inspirational in helping others who have had a similar medical trauma or those experiencing chronic pain. To order Haloman: A Memoir of Survival Against All Medical Odds, please click here.
Alan Goodfried, author of Haloman: A Memoir of Survival Against All Medical Odds was recently interviewed on Yahoo Voices! Click here to read the interview.