According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression. Heather Armstrong survived a debilitating form of treatment resistant depression which rode her for an unbearable 18 month period, but she survived. Her sadness was so profound, so relentless, and so all consuming, that as she describes in visceral detail, "she wanted to be dead."
Desperate for a solution, Heather volunteered to be one of 10 participants in an experimental study where doctor's used anesthesia to flatline her brain - a state much deeper than anesthesia for surgery, a state dangerously close to death. Ten times in three weeks.
Her story is not only remarkable as a success story. Her story is a plea for a deeper sensitivity and understanding of depressive disorders and the real possibility of hope for those who suffer.
This is a rare and incredible story of love, bravery and courage. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker