Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed

Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed

by Carmen Blandin Tarleton

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Overview

Bronze medal winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Inspirational/Spiritual category!

On June 10, 2007, Carmen Blandin Tarleton�s estranged husband broke into her rural Vermont home, beat her with a baseball bat, and doused her with industrial-strength lye. Doctors called it �THE MOST HORRIFIC INJURY A HUMAN BEING COULD SUFFER.�

Tarleton spent the next three and a half months in a medically induced coma, and when she awoke, it was to an unimaginable reality: she was blind and permanently disfigured, with burns covering more than eighty percent of her body. Her recovery would include months of painful rehab, dozens of surgeries, and total dependence on family, friends, and strangers for physical and financial care. With so much taken away, no one could have anticipated what Tarleton would gain from her experience: an awakening. A purpose. Joy. By sharing her struggles and ultimate victory over catastrophic loss, Tarleton proves that life is a choice�and, in the process, offers a rare glimpse into the best and worst corners of the human heart.

�CARMEN IS SO UNFLINCHINGLY HONEST, SO TRANSPARENT . . . Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed is an opportunity to bask, for just for a little while, in the rays of her exceptional spirit.�
�JONI BUSBY
SUPERVISING PRODUCER, THE DOCTORS

�Carmen�s story is one of tragedy and triumph. She is truly an example of the strength and beauty of the human spirit. Carmen went from victim to survivor and teaches us all that we can overcome the unimaginable and create the lives we would like to live.�
?JENNIFER RADICS, MBA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALISA ANN RUCH BURN FOUNDATION

�Carmen Tarleton's story is a riveting account of a courageous woman who teaches us all the power of fighting suffering with relentless hope and tenacity.�
?SAMIR MELKI, MD, PhD
FOUNDER, BOST ON EYE GROUP

�Carmen tells her inspiring story with remarkable clarity and honesty. She has endured a journey many might be unable to endure and arrived to provide the reader with wisdom, compassion, and inspiration. As heavy as the price was for Carmen, Overcome is a wonderful gift to those of us who take the time to read it. Her story is, at heart, one of a profound and courageous journey, and she has arrived with great treasures to offer us all.�
?DAVID VOGEL
PRESIDENT, BURN SURVIVORS OF NEW ENGLAND

�Told with sincerity and grace, Overcome powerfully illustrates the unlimited resilience of the human spirit. Carmen's heart-thumping journey is at times harrowing, yet always keenly illuminating. Overcome is a bracing triumph of the soul.�
?MICHAEL PAUL MASON
AUTHOR OF HEAD CASES: STORIES OF BRAIN INJURY AND ITS AFTERMATH

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016343808
Publisher: RTC Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 872,449
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

After spending three years simply surviving (Carmen has undergone more than 55 surgeries), she realized her purpose: to counter the negativity Herb put in the world with her own positivity. Carmen recognized that by sharing her story, she could help people on an even broader scale than she had as a nurse. She could help them see that, no matter their situation, no matter what suffering they have endured, their reservoirs of strength are endless. They can choose to live. They can choose to find happiness, forgiveness, and peace.

Carmen began speaking in public in February 2011. Since then, she has spoken at fundraisers, domestic violence groups, classrooms, rotary clubs, and the Vermont State Prison, where she addressed an audience of convicted sexual offenders. Through her new path, Carmen has found the deep joy and self-fulfillment she sought her whole life.

Carmen�s story�and her message of perseverance�has captured major media attention, with featured pieces in the LA Times, MSNBC, Fox News, Reader�s Digest, Washington Times, and the Boston Globe, among numerous other outlets. She has also appeared on Emmy-award winning show The Doctors, receiving $80,000 in donations for medical and other expenses through the Dr. Phil Foundation. In December 2011, Carmen was approved for a face transplant, only two dozen of which have been performed worldwide. The 17-hour surgery is slated for 2013. Carmen hopes it will put the simplest actions�such as blinking�within her reach again, giving her greater freedom to fulfill her purpose: inspiring people to truly live.

Carmen currently lives in Thetford, Vermont. Her two daughters, Liza and Hannah, are thriving in college. Carmen is open to whatever the future holds for her.

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