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250 pages, Hardcover
First published November 13, 2012
“Oh, and you were totally nuts. You walked into a restaurant and demanded food. Just demanded it. Although I guess it’s not too far outside your normal personality.”Sorry, but it is tough to root real hard for such a person. Cahalan does offer a bit of perspective, with info on some other people who have been diagnosed with her disease. But there was nothing there indicating a correlation, or not, between disease-driven behavior and the personality of the sufferer. I suppose it should not matter. Even obnoxious people do not deserve such slings and arrows.
"I must be getting the flu, I thought.”
The doctors don’t actually know how it began for me. What’s clear is that if that man had sneezed on you, you’d most likely just get a cold. For me, it flipped my universe upside down and very nearly sent me to an asylum for life"
"From here on, I remember only very few bits and pieces, mostly hallucinatory, from the time in the hospital. …the break between my consciousness and my physical body was now finally fully complete. In essence, I was gone. This was the beginning of my lost month of madness"