A MIND UN­RAV­ELED

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - BOOKS - By Kurt Eichen­wald

A Mind Un­rav­eled tells the fright­en­ing tale of Eichen­wald’s strug­gle with epilepsy, which be­gan to af­fect him in high school and wors­ened dra­mat­i­cally as he en­tered col­lege.

For the next decade and more, his life was a night­mare of un­con­trolled seizures, un­car­ing doc­tors and un­com­pre­hend­ing on­look­ers. The book is in­tensely per­sonal as Eichen­wald de­tails the trauma he suf­fered and the steps he took to try to lead a nor­mal life. De­ter­mined not to be­come a vic­tim of his dis­or­der, and so­ci­ety’s mis­un­der­stand­ing of it, Eichen­wald trans­forms into an ag­gres­sive pro­tag­o­nist in his own story, de­fy­ing doc­tors and em­ploy­ers, re­al­is­ing that only he can ef­fec­tively ad­vo­cate for him­self. In the end, he won. With unimag­in­able for­ti­tude, he pieced to­gether his life, find­ing love and a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

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