After the Cheering Stops: An NFL Wife’s Story of Concussions, Loss, and the Faith that Saw Her Through

Thomas Nelson - Former nfl wife cyndy feasel tells the tragic story of her family’s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma—and the faith that saved her. If i’d only known what i loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it.

Grant feaselgrant feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in God’s presence when everything else falls apart.

Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. Grant died on july 15, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, 2012, at the age of 52, or CTE.

After the Cheering Stops: An NFL Wife’s Story of Concussions, Loss, and the Faith that Saw Her Through - Cyndy feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grant’s medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down.

The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family.

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Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile

Harper Perennial - Through his story recounted here—from scouting combines to preseason cuts to byzantine film studies to glorious touchdown catches—even knowledgeable football fans will glean a new, starkly humanized understanding of the NFL's workweek. Fast-paced, dirty, lyrical, and hilariously unvarnished, Slow Getting Up is an unforgettable look at the real lives of America's best athletes putting their bodies and minds through hell.

. One man's odyssey into the brutal hive of the national football leagueAs an unsigned free agent who rose through the practice squad to the starting lineup of the Denver Broncos, Nate Jackson took the path of thousands of unknowns before him to carve out a professional football career twice as long as the average player.

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Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph

Prospect Park Books - Segal's compelling memoir is an intimate and honest chronicle built around these email updates, and is a profound example of how people show up for one another in times of crisis. Alternatingly harrowing, this is an uplifting tribute to love, humorous, and how the compassion of community holds the power to heal, heartbreaking, and hopeful, determination, serving as an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit when faced with pain and adversity.

One of life's biggest clichés becomes a horrific reality when Douglas Segal's wife and young daughter are hit head-on by a Los Angeles city bus. Miraculously, his daughter was unharmed, but his wife faced a series of life-threatening injuries, including the same one that famously left Christopher Reeve paralyzed.

Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph - Following the accident, segal began sending regular email updates to their circle of friends and family—a list that continued to grow as others heard of the event and were moved by the many emotional and spiritual issues it raised.

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- The spirit that stays with them as they grow to manhood and urges them to success in every field they tackle. Most of all, you'll soar with the spirit that no corruption can ever kill. The dazzling deion Sanders, Steve Young, the game's most dangerous player. But there's a dark side to that dream. In professional football, there is a price and it must be paid.

The spirit that tells them they can do it, as long as they aren't afraid to dream. All of it takes its toll on the human body and spirit. Unreported things happen during the season when the player is on the field—and on the sidelines and in the locker rooms. Here's the play-by-play the nfl powers-that-be don't want you to know: the futility of training camp—and the outrageous lengths players go to get out of it; The paradoxes of pain protection—goodbye padding, gambling, AIDS, hello drugs; The untold war inside every team between the offensive and defensive squads; The truth about groupies and NFL players; The thriving perfect partnership between the mob and the NFL; What the salary cap really is—and why players hate it; The best—and worst—places to play in the NFL; The score on racism, steroids, and life after football.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME - At the same time, you'll meet the NFL's most stellar—and most unjustly neglected—personalities. Billions are spent on it. Fame and fortune, satisfaction, and thrills define the dream of playing in the NFL. Not to mention green's unexpected choice for most valuable man in the NFL: strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik.

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Not Exactly Love: A Memoir

She Writes Press - Part memoir, part warm-hearted look at the ’70s, and part therapeutic journey, Not Exactly Love: A Memoir is an intense and inspirational story of a woman who grew from her experience. His vitality opened up a new world to her—but when they married, his rages turned against her, and often ended with physical violence.

Like millions of women who discover they’ve married an abusive man, to keep it secret or report, and ultimately, Betty was forced to make daily decisions—to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to live with it or leave. It was 1969, when betty, met the handsome but edgy new teacher at her school, and all the rules were changing, a woefully single French teacher on Long Island, a hippie just back from Woodstock.

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Jumping The Curb: One Family's Journey Through a Castastrophic Injury

- Gail has to put her own needs aside in order to take care of their small children, support her quadriplegic husband, and try to create an awareness of the dangers that lie beyond the water's edge. After a life altering accident Alex and his wife Gail are forced to discover what the people around them are really made of.

When alex kiejdan, decides to go body surfing at the Jersey shore, a free-spirited father of two, he has no idea that it will be the last time he has full control of his body. Their young family is thrown into an alien world of medical emergencies, life-and-death decisions, insurance nightmares, and family politics.

Jumping The Curb: One Family's Journey Through a Castastrophic Injury - These sacrifices come at a cost that only gradually reveals itself.

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It Happened to Audrey: A Terrifying Journey From Loving Mom to Accused Baby Killer

Titletown Publishing, LLC - She was stripped from her children and husband and sent to prison where she would fight for freedom13 years before she was finally exonerated after updated science showed her innocence. Audrey was and is an all-american mother from Americas Heartland and shares her story of hope and redemption in the face of unrelenting odds.

Built as the ideal readers clubbook, It Happened to Audrey includes book club questions that challenge all readers to think of the possibilities in todays ever-changing world. Edmunds is inspirationally released in the middle of a blizzard and reunited with her grown children. Audrey edmunds was a happily married young mother of two with a baby on the way; the neighborhood soccer mom in a small Wisconsin town providing casual childcare when the unthinkable happened.

It Happened to Audrey: A Terrifying Journey From Loving Mom to Accused Baby Killer - An infant died in her care at the same time the unknown science of Shaken Baby Syndrome hit the media. Swept up in a media frenzy, Edmunds was accused of killing the child through SBS.

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Awake, but still dreaming

- I worried that my last few breaths would be taken as the wheels of the gurney squeaked down the brightly lit hallway, slowly making our way to the operating room. Life doesn’t send out invitations — so today I choose to be bold. One that i hope ends with a happy ending. I hoped that the person I used to be would fight their way back, out of the depths.

In the next few moments they would begin surgery to remove a brain tumor from my right frontal lobe. As i looked into my husband’s eyes, i wondered if this would be the last time I saw him … the last time I hugged him … the last time I told him I loved him. And i choose to LIVE. Be unforgettable. My life was about to change.

Awake, but still dreaming - This is my story, my true story, of my journey overcoming my brain tumor. That’s the thing about hope; even in my darkest days, that hope remained deep within my soul. Be brave. And today, hope still fills my heart … hope that I will make the most of my second chance at life. I was handed my life sentence on February 10, 2014.

I wasn’t wearing an orange jumpsuit, but instead a flimsy hospital gown engulfed my frail body.

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A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth

Zondervan - A very fine house is an intimate memoir of a mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. There is all-consuming grief and the devastating loss of not just her daughter, but her dream for her own life as well. What begins as an obsession to save her daughter, and a rage against God for allowing drugs to devour her college-age girl, transforms into release in a life changing letting-go-and-letting-God moment.

The reader is first introduced to the Stoefen family and Barbara’s dream for its idyllic future. When annie’s alcoholism, drug use, and criminality ensue, Barbara fights to save her. The conclusion deals with Annie’s recovery—and Barbara’s. A new and better dream for Barbara’s life is born. Kinks in the perfect life appear.

A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth - Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Both experience a spiritual awakening and are transformed. Barbara eventually finds support and a new way of thinking. While she continues the battle to save her daughter, she ultimately finds the courage to save herself. Living fast and hard on the streets of Bend, she commits crimes against herself, the community, Oregon, and her own family.

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God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem

Harper - By turns poignant and hilarious, hammond takes readersfrom the set of Saturday Night Live, where he was the show’slongest-tenured cast member, to the drug-ridden streets of Harlem and into thetwisting corridors of his own unflaggingly humorous consciousness. Tina fey’s bossypantsmeets david carr’s the night of the gun in darrell Hammond’sgroundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked—a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of anAmerican comic genius.

. Minglingbehind-the-scenes stories from television’s best-loved comedy series with adark look inside a world-class funnyman, a love of comedy, God If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked is a book sure to resonate with anyonewho shares a talent for performance, or a desire to know howan artist can climb from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.

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Vine Leaves Press - Throughout janet’s illness Beth took care of her; then she developed brain cancer and their roles reversed. Like many female patients her concerns were glossed over by doctors. At the age of 38, Beth died. At age 24, janet buttenwieser moved to Seattle with a résumé devoted to public service and fantasies of single-handedly ending poverty.

To cope, janet competed in endurance events, becoming a triathlete with a colostomy pouch. With themes that echo susannah cahalan’s 'brain on fire' and gail caldwell’s 'let’s Take the Long Way Home', GUTS is a story of resilience for the millions of Americans who manage to thrive while living with a chronic condition, as well as the many who’ve lost a loved one at a young age.

GUTS - But within a year she’d developed an intestinal illness so rare she wound up in a medical journal. She was young and insecure, major liabilities in her life as a patient. Eventually janet recovered, but Beth’s condition worsened. She was the kind of friend who’d accompany you to the doctor when you got dysentery in Ecuador, nonchalantly translating the graphic details of your symptoms into Spanish.

How would she advocate for low-income people when she couldn’t even advocate for herself?Janet’s model for assertiveness was her friend Beth. Janet navigated misdiagnosis, multiple surgeries, and life with a permanent colostomy.

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