I loved Still Alice by Lisa Genova, so when I saw this one out by her, I had to read it too. Left Neglected is about Sarah Nickerson, a career-driven woman who tries to be everything to everybody. She is vice-president of Berkley Consulting in Boston, a wife, and a mom to three children—one of which has just been diagnosed with ADD.
I was stunned by this woman’s life. I know she’s a fictional character, but when I’m reading, these people are REAL. Don’t burst my bubble! I know there are women out there who lead a busy, corporate, 80 hour work week type of life, but it makes me TIRED just thinking about it. Every second of Sarah’s day is micro-scheduled to fit in all she must do.
However, all that Sarah holds dear literally crashes to smithereens as she drives to work one day and is involved in a terrible car wreck that leaves her brain damaged. The injury Sarah sustains is called Left Neglect. I’d never heard of it before, but now I know everything there is to know (thanks to Lisa Genova’s amazing writing!).
Sarah’s left side of her world is completely erased.
What is that like?
She can’t feel or see her left side of her body. She can’t
see the left side of anything. In Still Alice, Genova gave
great insight into what it is like to have early onset alz-
heimers. In Left Neglected, she does an amazing job
showing what it’s like to neglect the left side of life (and
this post). It doesn’t sound like a very big deal…but
read this book, and you will think differently!
What I loved the most about this story is how Sarah learns, through her adversity and handicap, what is most important in life. Trials and hardships can become our greatest blessings when they help us slow down and take notice of what we’ve taken for granted.
I haven’t gotten to the point in my life where I pray to God for trials. But, as I have watched others grow and learn through their own, and look back to see how hard times have stretched me, I think I will thank God for my trials as they come my way from now on instead of whining about them…and then I will plead for him to help me learn my lessons fast so we can get on to the good stuff (that’s just the type of person I am…heehee).
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(PS—You have to read that last sentence backward…well, you don’t HAVE to, but to understand it, you might WANT to)
- LEFT NEGLECTED……… a STORY TO INSPIRE (confesionsofabookaholic.wordpress.com)