I read this book in one sitting. It was that good.
Together, James Patterson and Hal Friedman wrote this book from Hal’s son Cory’s perspective: a boy tormented by uncontrolled Tourette’s, OCD, and anxiety. Diagnosed at age 5, Cory was compelled to move his body in awkward and painful ways. He would repeat phrases till it exhausted the listener. He visited multiple doctors, took numerous meds, only to experience side effects with little to no help for his tics and obsessions.
Cory tried to fit in. If the kids at school were laughing at him he would cope by being the class clown. His parents were sure they would find a cure, and as the years passed Cory stayed determined to rise above his illness. Even through suffering with unwanted drug side effects and the darkness of depression, he did not give up.
I think I loved the story so much because it was gritty and honest. Cory’s story would encourage others who are faced with similar difficulties to never give up, no matter how bleak, or how awful a person’s challenge might be, there is always another day, another chance, and if you reach deep inside there can be found a strength we never would have found had we not been brought so close to the edge.
This is an amazing, humbling read. Cory’s journey is tough, and if his mental illness wasn’t enough to battle he had nicotine and alcohol addictions too. No, this is not a feel good tickle your toes kind of read, but it is not a disastrous downer either. Everyone can take at least one thing away from Med Head – if you have hope you can get through anything.