Getting Better

A Doctor’s Story of Resilience, Recovery, and Renewal

Dr. Andrew Kadar

Jul/2024, 256 Pages, Hardback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640657052



A renowned physician explores the transformative journey of being a patient, offering profound insights into the power of the human spirit and what it means to truly heal from a traumatic medical event

Inspired by the harrowing experience of being a seasoned doctor who unexpectedly becomes a patient, Dr Andrew G. Kadar reimagines the conventional medical narrative by inviting readers into an enlightening journey of healing. More than a simple story of physical recovery, however, this trailblazing guide delves into the emotional, spiritual, and psychological facets of getting better, ultimately helping readers through initial challenges, gradual return to normalcy, and introspective reflections during convalescence. From the confines of a medical facility to the reality of everyday life, Kadar shows what to expect when transitioning from the patient experience to sobering post-recovery reality. Enriching each chapter is a unique fusion of professional medical insights and personal experience. This dual viewpoint gives an invaluable glimpse into the healthcare system, providing rich insights into everything from patient care, to staying in a positive mindset regardless of diagnosis, to the personal impact of long-term health challenges. What results is a testament to human resilience, one that underscores the transformative power of adversity and the importance of self-care. Whether you're a medical professional, a patient, or navigating a loved one's health challenges, this book delivers a uniquely enlightening and empowering perspective on the complexities of healing and the innate strength within us all.

Dr. Andrew G. Kadar is a physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine and completed residencies at Stanford and Harvard Universities (Massachusetts General Hospital). He has served on the faculties of the UCLA School of Medicine, Charles Drew University, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kadar, who studied in the UCLA Writers’ Program and the Antioch University MFA writing program, has had his work featured in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He’s also appeared on Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News, as well as the Larry Mantle and the Dennis Prager shows. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA.

"Getting Better recounts, the waves of emotion experienced by the robust, athletic and wonderfully articulate anesthesiologist Dr. Andrew Kadar. From his denial of symptoms through bypass surgery, complications and complete recovery this book is profoundly educational while telling a compelling uplifting story of triumph over adversity."—James Forrester, M.D., Cardiologist, Professor UCLA School of Medicine

"Getting Better delivers a compelling, reader-friendly account of the physical and emotional challenges of open-heart surgery and its sequel—made even more poignant because it comes from the perspective of previously healthy physician who suddenly becomes the patient of his long-time colleagues. This first-hand narrative can help prepare a patient and their loved ones for heart surgery and also help them understand and adjust to the issues and fears they may face along the way."—Lee Goldman, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Dean Emeritus, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University


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