How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better
by Ted W. Baxter
Pub Date 24 Jul 2018
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In 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful, globe-trotting businessman with a resume that would impress the best of the best. In peak physical condition, Ted worked out nearly every day of the week. And then, on April 21, 2005, all that came to an end. He had a massive ischemic stroke. Doctors feared he wouldn’t make it, or if he did make it, he would be in a vegetative state in a hospital bed for the rest of his life.
But miraculously, that’s not what happened . . .
In Relentless, Ted W. Baxter describes his remarkable recovery. Not only did he live, but he's walking and talking again. He moves through life almost as easily as he did before the stroke; only now, his life is better. He’s learned that having a successful career is maybe not the most important thing. He’s learned to appreciate life more. He's learned that he wants to help people—and that’s what he does. He gives back, volunteering his time and effort to help other stroke victims.
Relentless is a wonderful resource for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life.
"When it comes to overcoming aphasia, Ted W. Baxter wrote the book. Relentless is a heartfelt lesson in perseverance, triumphs, and ultimate transformation to happiness." –Julia Fox Garrison, Speaker and Author, Don't Leave Me This Way (or when I get back on my feet you'll be sorry)
“I know what it feels like to lose everything because of a stroke and I recognize Ted's determination to make as complete of a recovery as possible. Relentless is an inspiring story that I hope encourages others to recover with the same resilience.” –Kevin Sorbo, Actor, Director, Author
"Author Ted Baxter, survives an extensive stroke, and devotes himself to making the fullest recovery possible. This process, well chronicled by the author, is truly remarkable. Mr. Baxter’s focus, motivation and successful reestablishing of neurological function are a testament to the human spirit. By accessing the best available clinical and rehabilitation expertise the author arrives to a new life and a dedication to help others.
Relentless conveys two important take home messages. First, the human brain is extraordinarily plastic, i.e., the ability to use inputs (rehabilitative among others) to make new circuits that make new functions possible. Second, there is a clear need to identify individuals, who are the greatest risk for a stroke after a mini-stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack) or for secondary stroke. This latter unmet need is a problem that modern science and medicine must address in order to reduce the prevalence of stroke and its lifelong impact." –Howard J Federoff, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Former Dean University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
“Ted’s inspirational story about his recovery from a near fatal stroke is extraordinary. His force of will through a combination of courage, determination and unrelenting resilience in the fight back from those earliest days to where he is now is profoundly inspirational.” –Gerald Beeson, Chief Operating Officer, Citadel
“I have known Ted since almost the beginning of his remarkable aphasia journey. His persistence and steadfastness in pursuit of regaining his life is inspirational, and his story needs to be heard. Throughout his recovery, Ted has maintained his grace, his good humor, his concern for others, and his broad interests. I am honored to have learned from him. His book will serve as a model for others who have had their lives touched by this devastating problem.”
—Audrey L. Holland, PhD, regents professor emerita, University of Arizona
“Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year and those lucky enough to survive are often left with some level of disability. It's inspiring to read Relentless and get a glimpse of Ted's strength and determination during such an arduous time.” –Eric Haseltine, PhD, Neuroscientist and Author, Brain Safari
"In Relentless, Ted Baxter shares his experience of recovering from a stroke and the challenges and frustrations of aphasia. His determination to not let his stroke disable him and the entire process of rehabilitation and recovery can serve as an inspiration for stroke survivors and their families and loved ones." –Louis R Caplan MD, Professor Neurology Harvard University
"Relentless is an astonishing memoir of a man I knew who had everything needed to succeed in his personal life and his career and suddenly lost them battling a stroke. Now, re-energized, re-learning, and recovering, Ted shares the pieces of his completely different, new, and improved life together in this inspiring book. Inspiring wisdom for the rest of us." –Juan Pujadas, Retired Global Advisory Leader, Vice Chairman, PwC International LLC
“Of all the patients with stroke I’ve cared for, Ted easily is the most remarkable. I have never seen anyone with a stroke such as his and made the astounding recovery he did. And I might also add that the title for his book is apropos! Admiringly.” –Jesse Taber, MD, NorthShore University Health Systems
"Ted's passion and determination led to his
miracle recovery from a massive stroke. A truly inspiring book for
everyone!" –Wengui Yu, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Neurology and
Director, Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, University of
"This book is a most personal and poignant account of suffering a stroke and experiencing the painful challenges of its aftermath. It describes an episode that could happen to anyone of us and gives us some deep insights into what the experience is like and the challenge of recovery. Many of us may not be so determined (or lucky). Well done Ted Baxter for sharing your story and with such wonderful and heartening insights." –Mark Austen, Chairman of Alpha Bank, Ex Managing Partner of Financial Services Consulting at PWC, Director of PWC Global Board
"As an occupational therapist who has specialized in rehabilitating stroke survivors for 30 years, I must say I found Ted Baxter’s memoir to be inspirational and at times miraculous. This memoir is required reading for healthcare professionals to obtain critical insights from a patient’s perspective. Stroke survivors and their loved one are sure to be influenced by Ted’s resilience, courage, and motivation. This memoir is a gift to the stroke survivor community." –Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, Columbia University, NY, NY
"This book is an inspirational story of the significance of daily perseverance and taking responsibility for your own future by setting incremental and achievable goals. Ted's writing is not only motivational, but a useful guide through the world of recovery for stroke survivors and their caregivers." –Jonathan Burke, President, Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD)
"Relentless is a wonderful story that turns tragedy into triumph. I am very proud of Ted's accomplishments. He is an inspiration for all to never give up." –Dean Reinmuth, World renowned Golf Coach, Spokesperson, and Television Personality
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