Out of the Darkness

An Inspirational Story of Survival in the Face of Stroke and Locked-In Syndrome

by Allison S. O’Reilly



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/25/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480804814
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480804838
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480804821

About the Book

In an instant, forty-nine-year-old Allison O’Reilly went from being an active woman engaged in her family, the challenges of daily life, and a career as director of marketing for a Fortune 100 company to a life struggle to regain her independence. In Out of the Darkness, she shares her personal story of experiencing a brain stem stroke that left her in a locked-in syndrome.

Her memoir chronicles the events of her massive stroke, as well as her will and determination to fight for her life and independence. She narrates the story of her miraculous recovery in the face of enormous odds, the task of relearning everything, the overwhelming challenges, and the lessons she learned about herself when faced with adversity.

A narrative of healing and of love and hope, Out of the Darkness shares the realities of O’Reilly’s experiences, acknowledging that every stroke and every recovery is different. In this story, she strives to provide a non-clinical voice for all stroke survivors.

About the Author

Allison O’Reilly is a native Washingtonian. In 2010, at age forty-nine, she experienced a brain stem stroke that put her in a locked-in syndrome. Before her stroke, O’Reilly was director of marketing for a Fortune 100 company. She currently lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband. This is her first book.