The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself (Paperback)
Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing
Andrea Buchanan lost her mind while crossing the street one blustery March morning. The cold winter air triggered a coughing fit, and she began to choke. She was choking on a lot that day. A sick child. A pending divorce. The guilt of failing as a partner and as a mother. When the coughing finally stopped, she thought it was over. She could not have been more wrong.
When she coughed that morning, a small tear ripped through her dura mater, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. In this luminous and moving narrative, Andrea reveals the astonishing story of this tumultuous year--her fraught search for treatment; how patients, especially women, fight to be seen as reliable narrators of their own experiences; and how her life-altering recovery process affected both her and her family.