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Against Medical Advice
Against Medical Advice

Biography/Autobiography
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316024759
$26.99/U.S.
304 pages
6" x 9 1/4"
Little, Brown And Company

Paperback
ISBN: 9780446505246
$14.99/U.S.
320 pages
8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
Grand Central Publishing

The dramatic true account of one family's struggle with a tormenting medical mystery.

One morning when he was almost five years old, Cory Friedman woke up with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head. From that day forward his life became an agony of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances. Cory embarked on a fifteen-year odyssey of medication upon medication, treatment upon treatment–a constantly changing regimen that left him and his family feeling like guinea pigs in an out-of-control experiment. It soon became unclear which tics were symptoms of his condition and which were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty was that it kept getting worse. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life was a living hell.

Subjected to debilitating treatments and continuous ridicule, Cory became devastatingly aware of how he appeared to others. With the love of his family and the support of a few steadfast teachers and medical professionals, he fought for his very life, and you will cheer his amazing successes.

Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory's battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a sometimes maddening medical establishment. Written by James Patterson and Cory's father, Hal, and with the relentless pace of a Patterson thriller, this is a heartrending story of one family's courage, determination, and ultimate triumph.

Against Medical Advice

Biography/Autobiography
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316024759
$26.99/U.S.
304 pages
6" x 9 1/4"
Little, Brown And Company

Paperback
ISBN: 9780446505246
$14.99/U.S.
320 pages
8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
Grand Central Publishing

Brainstorm
Chapter 6

AFTER TWO DAYS on Ritalin, I wake up having to move different parts of my face all the time–my nose, ears, forehead, cheeks, tongue.

Every few seconds, I squeeze my eyes shut until they hurt, then open them as wide as I can, then repeat this over and over. In the bathroom, I can't stop looking at myself in the mirror and distorting my face into the most grotesque expressions I can possibly make. I don't find the faces funny, just weird.

It's obvious that whatever was controlling me before has only been worsened by the medicine. For some reason, though, the urge to twist my head is gone. For now, anyway.

A day or two later, I'm in the kitchen and I'm about to eat breakfast with my sister, Jessie. Jessie is only eight months older than I am. My parents adopted her when my mom thought she couldn't have children of her own. Then Mom got pregnant with me that same week. Jessie may be only a little older than I am, but she's years ahead of me in just about every other way.

This morning I'm thinking about armies of bugs and germs. So there I am at breakfast, getting extremely disgusted by the idea that they could get inside my body somehow.

Then I see a big hairy horse fly buzzing overhead.

"Get it away from me!" I yell to anyone who can help. "Get it away, get it away!"

"Do you know what flies do every time they land?" Jessie says to me.

"What?"

"Throw up or go to the bathroom."

I'm so disgusted by this thought that as the fly lands near my plate, I start gagging.

My mother sees me and tries to swat the fly with a dishcloth, but she misses. The idea of its insect guts being smeared on the countertop makes me almost throw up again, and I beg her not to kill the fly.

"Please, Mommy, don't!" I screech.

Still, I'm very hungry. Last night the spaghetti Mom served made me think of a bunch of long, skinny white worms, and I went to bed without eating supper. Jessie lifts a forkful of pancakes dripping with maple syrup, and I get past my bug thoughts long enough to do the same.

Enjoying her meal, she turns to me to see if I like it as much as she does. So there's absolutely no reason why, without any warning, I spit my mouthful of pancakes right in her face.

Jessie is so shocked that she just sits there, covered with food. Then she starts screaming.

"Don't do that again," my mother scolds loudly. "Tell your sister you're sorry."

I should feel bad, but instead I'm mostly fascinated with the impact of my spitting.

"Sorry, Jessie." Then I repeat, "Sorry, Jessie."

For some reason the word sorry stays in my mind. I want to say sorry again.

"Sorry. Sorry. Sorry, Jessie. Sorry, sorry, sorry."

Repeating the same word over and over makes everyone even more angry at me.

After a while Jessie calms down and we continue to eat, but the urge strikes again, and I can't help spitting another mouthful of pancakes at her.

This time her earsplitting scream brings my father running–and when he leans in to scold me, I spit right in his face, too. He's so surprised, he doesn't know what to do, except wipe his face with a towel.

"You'll have to leave the kitchen," my mother says, more serious than I've ever heard her. Actually, she looks more worried than angry. She doesn't understand why I'm doing this spitting thing any more than I do.

Instead of listening to her, I reach for more food to do it again. She takes the plate away just in time.

"Sorry, Dad. Sorry. Sorry, Mom. Sorry, Jessie. Sorry."

"That's the worst thing you can do to people," my father tells me, still dabbing wet spots on his cheeks. "The worst, Cory."

"Sorry, Dad. Sorry," I say, making a silly face.

I jump off my chair and take off to the family room, hooting as I run. I can't understand what's happening or what I'm doing. I love my family and would never spit at them.

This isn't me.

So who is it?

Copyright © 2008 by James Patterson

Against Medical Advice
Biography/Autobiography
Audiobook (Unabridged CD)
ISBN: 9781600243660
$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio
Read by Kevin T. Collins

Kevin T. Collins has performed in theater productions and you can hear his voice in numerous anime roles. On television, he was recently featured on Law & Order and has a recurring role on Guiding Light. Kevin has appeared in the films Inner Rage, The Sickness, and Aunt Rose. Kevin read Lone Survivor for Hachette Audio.

Against Medical Advice

Biography/Autobiography
Hardcover
ISBN: 0316024759
$26.99/U.S.
304 pages
6" x 9 1/4"
Little, Brown And Company

Paperback
ISBN: 9780446505246
$14.99/U.S.
320 pages
8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
Grand Central Publishing

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