I think Ralph fell in love with the uphillness in me I could keep up with him on windy passes and minor climbing peaks But I never stayed with him on the downhill He was always too fast Hed wait patiently for me at the bottom of a black diamond run, at the end of a long, winding mountain road, or at the foot of a crag He was happy when I could get to the bottom of anything I wasnt with him the day he had the accident that left him a C 4 quadriplegic Perhaps its the uphillness in me that is keeping me with him now Its all uphill from here No downhills to carve through gracefully or sail down safely only up, up, up from the IntroductionSuzy Parker and her husband, Ralph Hager, spent every free moment together biking, skiing, and hiking All that changed in a split second when a freak cycling accident left Ralph permanently paralyzed below the shoulders In that moment, Suzys old life fell away and her new one began In Tumbling After, Suzy chronicles her transformation from carefree outdoorswoman to full time caregiver, and paints a loving portrait of the impromptu, oddball family of concerned neighbors and friends who become her new lifeline With Jerry, the tender ex con Momma Scott, a guardian angel and force of nature in a feather boa and Harka, the culture shocked Nepalese, at their side, Suzy and Ralph weather the loss of old friends and learn to embrace a new way of life with hope and a healing dose of the absurd.This astonishing memoir, devoid of self pity and told with breathtaking candor and a wry sense of humor, is an inspiring journey that is ultimately a story of survival and second chancesand the unexpected joy and love that can grow out of grief if given the slightest encouragement....
|Title||:||Tumbling After: Pedaling Like Crazy After Life Goes Downhill|
|Publisher||:||Crown 1 edition April 16, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|File Size||:||995 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Tumbling After: Pedaling Like Crazy After Life Goes Downhill Reviews
I bought the book after reading a newspaper article because it sounded what is going on in my life right now. I will be happy when I finish it. My husband died in July 2013 after an "accident" with his tracheostomy. He was in a hospital and his Trach was accidentally removed (still do not know how). No one noticed it until his heart stopped - approx. 8 a 10 minutes. His heart was restarted but he was brain damaged. I signed the papers to let him die after 7 weeks. I did the right thing, but it still hurts. I took care of him for 7 years.
I am sorry it took me so long to discover this book. I have been a fan of Ms. Parker since I first began reading her columns in the SF Chronicle. This book is one of those you want to read slowly so that it lasts longer but find you can't put it down. Susan has a wonderful knack for untainted honesty as she reports on the universal joys and sorrows of human life. She guides the reader into her world without trying to assign blame or seek justification, a truly refreshing approach in this day and age. Can't wait for the sequel! -Cindy
I was immediately drawn into this memoir of the struggle after life doesn't turn out the way we expect it to due to unforeseen accidents. There is so much humor, candid honesty, and profound moments throughout the book worth highlighting & re-reading. It will expand your perspective with compassion, so that when you see people with disabilities and their caregivers --you'll want to smile and reach out! Tumbling After is a very inspiring book.
I disagree with many of the reviews. I found the tone of the book to be somewhat self-pitying and monotonous. Strangely, the only review here I seem to agree with was written below by the wife of another quadiplegic.
Told with deadpan humor, Suzy Parker relates the story of her life after her husband's near-fatal bike accident. While it is Ralph's accident that is the catalyst for the change in their lives, this is the story of Susan Parker.