It is the phone call every person lives in fear of receiving. There has been an accident and your loved one is paralyzed. A spinal cord injury is the single most devastating and life altering event. Based on a true story, Michael and Donna were young, successful, in love and planning their life together. That life was radically changed by a tragic car accident. Now a wheelchair user as a quadriplegic, with limited movement, constant infections and multiple surgeries, doctors projected Michael’s best case life expectancy to be five years. See how this young couple battles through his injury and spends his five years making a lasting impact on hundreds of people. It will make you realize what can be accomplished when a person does not let circumstances dictate their life.
Five Years to Live by Frank Zaccari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to say that the positive tone and willingness of Michael to live in spite of everything was truly inspiring. I greatly appreciated his willingness to try everything possible to extend his life and improve his health. We could probably all take a lesson. Sometimes we don’t want to change our lifestyle to affect our health positively. It’s easier to take a pill.
I think this book is a good reminder that our lives can change in a split second when we least expect it. Michael had his life planned out, and then an amazing tragedy struck. But he did beat the odds, but I won’t tell you any more for fear of spoilers.
Sometimes I found the writing a little dry, but that is just my opinion. I certainly could have done without the profanity. I didn’t mind the minor sex discussion. I did enjoy the spiritual references, but they truly seemed non sequitur with the profanity, but that was just my opinion.
I can happily say this is an upbeat book to read in the new year, and I can certainly recommend it.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Frank Zaccari is a native of western New York. He received his bachelor’s in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the United States Air Force. He spent more than two decades in the technology industry, holding various positions from account representative to CEO. He also spent time specializing in turn-around management of companies under $100 million. Zaccari left the industry to provide primary care of his children, purchasing a small business that was more accommodating to his family. He presently owns an insurance agency in Sacramento, where he currently resides. “Five Years to Live” is not his only book for sale. He has also written, “When the Wife Cheats,” “From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program,” and “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl.”
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