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At age twenty-two, Jamison Hill was a fitness instructor and competitive bodybuilder who could lift more than four hundred pounds. Five years later, after surviving a tragic car accident that killed the other driver, a rare disease left Jamison bedridden and too weak to hold a water glass. He spent every day lying motionless in bed, his body paralyzed by pain and weakness, his mind hijacked by flashes of crunched metal, broken windshields, and exploding gas tanks.
After months of being too sick to express himself, Jamison’s health began to improve along with his ability to tell his story. When Force Meets Fate is an unflinching exploration of the human condition, notably how our limitations and strengths shape our identities and how unexpected events can inevitably alter those perceptions. It’s a story of perseverance—of sheer will and unrelenting fight—but also of overcoming life’s toughest challenges through the power of vulnerability, and how freeing it can be to surrender to the unpredictability of circumstances out of our control.
"Jamison Hill's memoir combines the narrative drive of a medical mystery with all the fear and pathos of a journey to hell. From virile model and personal trainer to bedridden and unable to speak, his experiences bring to life all the fragility of the human condition. A riveting true-life story." ―A.J. Baime, New York Times bestselling author of The Arsenal of Democracy
"The gripping prose in this memoir describes a young man, whose life deteriorates from a healthy fitness trainer to the sudden depths of being sick and bedridden with a mysterious illness for years. Jamison's dedication to life, however fragile, and advocacy, however impossible, have brought out this incredible story of survival." ―Stephanie Land, New York Times bestselling author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
"In When Force Meets Fate, Jamison Hill takes us down a path that is familiar to anyone living with a chronic illness and absorbing to anyone living without one. It is a raw, powerful look at how quickly a life can deteriorate, and how inspiring it is when that life persists despite it all." ―Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Half a Life