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51nmwl-czulThe Silent Journey

By Michael J. Bellito

Oak Tree Press

Trade paperback $12.95

118 pages

June 2016

Michael Bellito, a retired Harper College speech teacher and John Hersey High School teacher, had been living his life on his own terms. That is until he suffered a mini stroke, but did not think that’s what it was. Falling down while trying to get out of bed in the morning was what informed him he had suffered the major stroke on Aug. 17, 2012.

Ironically, the table had been turned, and now a speech teacher had to accept the fact that his stroke had left the right-side of his body paralyzed and that he had aphasia, the inability to speak caused by a stroke. He had to learn how to do everything all over again.

With a positive support system in place, which includes his loving family and “won’t take no for an answer” therapists, he is propelled forward to regain the daily living skills he previously had and his ability to walk, drive, even walk down a staircase without fear.

Bellito’s “Silent Journey” is an honest narrative which informs the reader of a true experience in acceptance, recovery and what it means to be loved. Each chapter shares every step he endured to regain his strength and abilities. Through Michael’s physical and emotional challenge, we learn that life is a gift and to take nothing for granted. We learn how truly wonderful spending time with family is. That those dealing with physical challenges today have to be so determined to work harder to recover, to walk up a staircase, to say their name and write or type. I encourage anyone who has a loved one going through this now, to buy the book so they can see that they are not going through the silent journey alone.

Four parallel bars out of five

Denise Fleischer


September 18, 2016