Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Back to Life

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Book Review - Back to Life

About the Book
More than half a million back surgeries are performed each year. For anyone who has ever faced debilitating illness or surgery, Pamela Douglas shows in her new book how traumatic experience can awaken deep potential, talent and creativity.

Pamela's book, BACK TO LIFE: A Journey of Transformation through Back Surgery, explores the psychological, emotional and spiritual stages of preparation, hospitalization, and recovery from spine surgery.

In 2005, Pamela, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, faced the challenge of her life. Years after a diagnosis of scoliosis — and after decades she spent working, exercising, gardening, having a baby and raising a family — doctors told her she would need to undergo major, life-threatening spine surgery.

After searching her soul, Pamela took six months out of her busy life as a television writer and professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California for the preparation, surgery and recovery. The experience, which could have left her paralyzed, instead led her to personal discovery.

Through two weeks in the hospital and many more confined to a bed, Pamela found inner strength and the depth of love and support from her family that she did not know she had. She had time to ask herself fundamental questions about her life. When she finally was able to once again walk, with steel rods and screws supporting her spine, she discovered joy in the simple gift of restored mobility.

"I wrote this book to let others, who might be living in pain or going through any physical challenge, see how day-to-day, a person can endure and finally even flourish," Pamela says.

An award-winning writer of television drama, Pamela details her experiences in journal form through brief entries written as she was going through surgery and recovery. BACK TO LIFE takes the reader into the immediacy of the moment and through the transformational power of an experience far beyond surgery.

"It's about the process of having the courage to go through surgery or any extreme healing process, and to know that there is more to you than the pain or whatever is happening in the body at that time," Pamela says. "For me, it was a life-changing experience and, ultimately, a great one."

About Pamela Douglas

 Pamela Douglas is an award-winning screenwriter with numerous credits in television drama, and also a fine artist. In May 2005, facing a degenerative spinal disease that threatened to leave her paralyzed, Pamela underwent major surgery. Her decision and the long recovery that followed inspired her to write BACK TO LIFE: A Journey of Transformation through Back Surgery. Written in journal form as she was going through surgery and recovery, the book takes the reader into the immediacy of the moment and through the transformational power of an experience far beyond surgery. Learn more at


My Take on the Book
This book was truly inspirational and raw. I loved the intimate look that you received from reading this book. The author has done a great job at capturing the emotions and feeling that went into her decision and journey to the back surgery that she had. The book was an easy read and one that I would highly recommend to others especially if you are living with pain and have been contemplating doing something about it. Draw strength from the experiences of this author and take the leap toward a change.

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