“Resurrecting Anthony” by Tony Cole & Linda Cole
“Tony and Linda Cole were living the American Dream—a successful national training company (AnthonyColeTraining.com), a nice home, a close-knit circle of friends and a loving family.
Then came the call every parent dreads.
Their twelve-year-old son Anthony had collapsed on the school playground. In the ensuing panic-stricken moments, Anthony lay motionless, unconscious, not breathing. These critical minutes without oxygen left his brain damaged. In one heartbreaking afternoon their idyllic world was shattered and the son that Tony and Linda Cole knew was gone… Ultimately, it is a story of courage—the courage to summon inner strength to make hard decisions, the courage to do what must be done, and finally the courage to accept a new life and family.”
This was a tough book for me to read. As a parent you hope your child will always be ok. You never think anything really bad can happen to you. I was only able to read 1-2 chapters at a time as it really got to me, very emotional.
Twelve year old Anthony’s parents sent him to school, he was a normal child, active in sports, had many friends. While playing basketball out side he announces he has no pulse. From there Anthony and the Cole family’s life changed. Anthony was in a coma do to lack of oxygen to his brain.
Tony, Anthony’s dad, was a couch. He had a no excuses policy, a never give up, try harder then your hardest policy. He used this train of thought to try and bring Anthony back to his old self. He pushed and pushed and through that pushing he was losing his family. Tony also owned a company called, Anthony Cole Training Group, he travels around the US helping companies boost sales. Tony would use this job to get away from it all and leave Linda, his wife, to take on the burden of Anthony’s care.
Soon Anthony comes out of his coma but not the same Anthony Tony & Linda knew. It took a lot of time for Tony to accept the “new” Anthony. A quote that always gets to me is, “I realized I must let go of my first Anthony in order to accept and love this new and different one,”~ Tony. Could I ever be that strong? I hope I never have to. But I am very thankful to Tony & Linda Cole for sharing their story, struggles and triumphs. At the end of the book are a few sections to help families out. One section to help families deal with a crisis and the other a resource tool with contact info for dealing with brain injuries, disabilities and more.
I am touched by this book and I think you will be too. You will be taken on an emotional roller coaster, but be very encouraged by a family that beat the odds of going through a child’s health struggle.
Oh and if you’re wondering how Anthony is doing, he recently graduated from High School. He may not be the same 12 year old kid before the heart attack, but he is still part of a loving family who supports and helps him daily to live a full life.
THANK YOU Linda & Tony for being so open and for your encouraging words and of hope. Much love to you and your family.
* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.