Trapped Within

A Story about Survival, Recovery, Love, and Hope

Non-Fiction - Relationships
201 Pages
Reviewed on 08/27/2019
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Author Biography

Jo Ann Glim was born in Chicago to a military family and raised in Anacortes, Washington in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. It was an ideal place to raise a precocious child, especially one that's inquisitive and daring. Tragically her mother passed away from a stroke when Glim was fourteen. This was the beginning of a life-path plotted with many dark events. In her own words, "Instead of consuming me, they made me stronger, and I'm here to tell you, darkness can be replaced with light."

Glim's three-pronged career of broadcast and print media, freelance writing, and business management formed her into the indie author she is today. Her books, the award-winning "Begotten With Love," and her newest release "Trapped Within," are both non-fiction, life-stories filled with challenges, hope, and humor.

Glim now lives in Florida with her husband Bill and their Scottish terrier, Lucy. Her passions are writing, photography, travel, and life in general.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

A stroke takes a lot away from our definition of a normal body (and a normal life), but does it mark the end of life? Trapped Within by Jo Ann Glim is a written testament of the fact that it doesn't have to be the end. After suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, Jo Ann's right side of her body was paralyzed. To not be able to do even the most menial daily tasks without requiring someone's help was heartbreaking for her. Although she found herself doubting her own caliber, she worked hard towards keeping her spirits high and her mindset positive. Of course, there were times when she fell into a downward spiral of negative thoughts, but she quickly found her way back by focusing on her faith in God and his plans. Her husband, Bill, proved to be her most loyal companion during such trying times. He had been her rock throughout her recovery. She tested his patience on multiple occasions by pushing herself too hard, but he remained by her side. Having suffered a stroke so fatal that it was a miracle that she was alive, Jo Ann found a new and refreshing perspective on life.

Trapped Within by Jo Ann Glim is a stroke of genius -- no pun intended. One cannot help but be in awe of her brave personality. She is not only a stroke survivor but also a woman who does not shy away from expressing her deepest emotions. Even when one of the doctors offered her a pessimistic fact about the potential of her recovery, she did not quit from trying to be better. She pushed her limits, maintained her faith, and did not lose hope. One would expect a book about someone's stroke to be filled with pain and hardships, but the author has kept the tone light, motivational, and witty. The stroke could neither break her spirit nor her fabulous sense of humor. Her road to recovery has not been easy, but it has been filled with many life lessons, love of her friends and family (and even strangers), and never-ending perseverance.

There are so many unforgettable moments in this memoir, but my favorite one is when a nurse celebrates the fact that Jo Ann gave her the finger. You'll have to read it to know what she meant. After reading Trapped Within, stroke survivors would get a sense of belonging; the people who are still struggling with the damage that stroke has caused would hopefully be inspired to remain positive; the people who have no knowledge of stroke would gain an insight. I would recommend Trapped Within by Jo Ann Glim to readers who wish to learn more about the life of a stroke survivor. Also, readers who have had a stroke or have someone in their family who suffered from a stroke would definitely appreciate the author for writing this memoir.

Dsan Brady

JoAnn Glim brings us along as she describes her escape from the clutches of a devasting stroke. We are made aware of how many people are impacted and how much courage and work it takes to recover a normal life. You won't be able to put the book down once you begin. An inspiration for all those that struggle with strokes or work to help loved ones that are afflicted. Glim is an outstanding writer and I hope to see more of her work. Dan Brady - Bradenton, FL