Saturday, December 24, 2016

After the Cheering Stops: The Truth About the NFL & Head Injuries

This was a book I had a hard time putting down.

When you think of what you have heard about football head injuries, it may seem like something that is far in reach but it really is not. It may seem like the latest thing to make a stink about, but it is not.

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Cyndy  Feasel fell in love with a very intelligent happy and extremely hard working person. That person was Grant Feasel. He wanted to be a dentist when he was eight years old. He ended up being lineman for Seattle Sea hawks. He ended up taking so many beatings on the field that it affected him mentally and physically to the point that it caused him to die. Literally.

Her story and her account of the toll that it took is nothing short of piercing right through you like the cold breeze as you sit in the half frozen seat to watch the game at the stadium. Except this piercing cold air that runs through you is not one of anticipation but one of utter heartbreak.

The concussions that he sustained caused him to develop brain problems and CTE. He ended up medicating his pain, both mental and physical, with alcohol.

I love the brutal honesty and openness that Cyndy has.

She shows the side that breaks stereotypes of NFL players-- He was smart, very smart, and very driven and had a plan outside of the NFL. He was very dedicated to his faith and very down to earth.

Even as I was lying in bed to go to sleep and on the verge of falling asleep, I was grasping at her words because they were potent and so truthful. She is telling his story not to call him out but to warn others... warn you.

When we see the goal we want, such as an all star season, and all we think about is the end goal and not taking care of oneself in the process, we don't often take the precautions that we need to be healthy in spirit, mind and body. I think more than anything this is something Cyndy wanted us to hear.

At the end of the day, it is about balance.

Well written and easy to read (though not an easy subject to read about). I am glad I am the wiser, especially being a parent to three very hyper and off the wall children.

Thank you Cyndy for sharing your beautiful (yet painful) story. May people heed it and be all the wiser for it.

About the Book::

"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 Feasel

Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

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. 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. 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. 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."


* I received the book from the publisher & Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review and the opinions are completely my own* 

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