Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Life; Paralyzed - The Book

As Christina has mentioned on her blog before, she wrote an autobiography which was finished shortly before she passed. She left the task of getting it edited and published to a small group of friends, and I am proud to announce that her book is now officially available for download from!

It is still in the process of being approved as an e-book for and iBooks, which would enable you to read it on your Nook, iPad, etc. If you purchase it directly from Lulu's site, you will have to read it on your computer (you might need to download a free Adobe program as well). We were going to wait to announce the publication until it was available everywhere (which could take several more weeks), but her story seems to be getting quite a bit of publicity lately and we want people to be able to read the entire story from her perspective, as she wrote it.

If you're interested in purchasing the book now, you can do so here. If you would rather wait until it's available for your e-reader, please check back for updates!


  1. Is there any way to purchase this book on paper?

    1. Hi Jennifer.Christina initially looked into having her book published as print copies, but it was too expensive and time-consuming. Instead, she opted to self-publish through Lulu and offer it as an e-book only. Who knows, if it does well enough. It may one day be published as hard copies!

  2. It is all about taking charge of your own healthcare needs and direction. No one should be forced to do anything by any agency or government when it concerns their own body, provided they are mentally competent.

  3. Christina was a beautiful, strong woman. She is an angel now. Warm hugs from Hungary

  4. Wow, I have a 20 year old daughter and anything can happen to anyone at anytime. Christina's Mom was a strong honorable woman, who obviously loved her daughter "to death"! I could only have done that and gone through that with my daughter whom I love just as much as Christina's mother loved hers. But, let me tell you this, just the thought of something like that brings a deep cold feeling to my heart and many tears to my eyes. God Bless you Christina's Mother, you are a tremendous woman. May your days be filled with all the pleasures that your daughter would have wanted for you. God Bless

  5. I dont undertand my heart in this moment. What is the life? God bless you, Chrissy. Aways...

  6. I will buy this book in honor of her Christina Symanski because I didn't have the blessing of knowing her and being there for her

  7. I bought it and read it in one night. I think the book did exactly what she wanted it to do: I know her story now, and the way she communicated it left no doubt in my mind that life as a paralyzed person involves far more suffering that anyone outside can possible grasp. Just the individual things she suffered, such as a broken heart over the loss of the love of her life, was wrenching and poignant in the extreme. The initial reaction of her step mom and dad. The loss of her dream job, one that she loved. Her new apartment, the new cat and the kitten that came with her unexpectedly. All of the friends she loved and who loved her back. All her dreams of the future and all the hard work to get there, the new love that captivated her heart...I wouldn't have thought anyone could put that in words, but she did it. I don't know if I'll ever forget her, and I never met her. How must it be for her dear family, her dear friends, for Jimmy...Miss Symanski was right, we've just GOT to find a way to cure paralysis. We've wasted too much time already; there are things we could try if only the bureaucrats would get out of the way. RIP Christina. You really were one in a million.

  8. I am currently reading the E-book.

    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Christina.

    kindest redards
    Kenneth De Waegenaere