Book reveals Tommy Sampson's stroke and suicide battle Sudden Exit, which is 225 pages long, tells the tale of his daily struggles with life and learning to cope with being unable to use the left side of his body.
The stroke also features diary entries from his partner Sandie Wilson, pictures from years gone by and his own thoughts he collated throughout his recovery. The triumphant Deal Town side that won the FA Vase in 2000. It left the well known character a shadow of his former self, unable to deal with his emotions, and afraid of the company of others. From being unable to tell the time, read or write in a straight line, he has recovered to the point where he could write the book in longhand before it was transcribed onto a computer. It was a far cry the leader of men, the coach outlet purses shoulder hard man defender and task master of a manager that gave Kent's non league football one of its proudest days at Wembley 14 years ago. "When I came home in 2008 I was mentally shot away. I had lost my football and golf and I couldn't get out of bed," said the 59 year old. "I was sat here depressed and wanted to kill myself. "This has been a battle I've had to win. I've not beaten it by any stretch of the imagination, although psychologically I've beaten it." Southwark born Sampson started his professional career with Millwall, but became a favourite with Dartford where he spent the majority of his playing career. He then managed the Darts, Herne Bay, Tonbridge Angels, Deal, Boreham Wood and Redhill where he was at the time of his stroke in 2007. He hopes it will strike a chord with fans across the county and raise awareness of the fact that it need not be as life limiting as coach outlet locations near me is perceived. "I couldn't read the paper, I couldn't read a book because I was left with irregular eye movement," he said. "I would jump from the first to the tenth line and I'd write sideways. My brain couldn't work a straight line out. "I couldn't work numbers out, I couldn't tell the time. They gave me clock faces as an exercise and I would have to fill the hands in, but I couldn't do it. I would say 'It's 1.50pm but my partner Sandie would say 'It's not, it's 4.45pm'. "At the end of the day I could have been a vegetable but I've done my exercises. I know that's the only way back to work hard. "When they bury me if they put on my headstone 'He's a pro', that would do me. My attention to detail won me leagues and cup finals, because I knew a bit about everybody. My attention coach outlet canada sale to detail with my stroke like doing my exercises and the little things have helped. "I'm astonished at my own recovery because everybody wrote me off the doctors, the consultants they thought it might be beyond me. "The book is the greatest achievement I've ever had. People will say 'Oh he's a big head, an arrogant so and so', but that has got me through." Part of his recovery has involved writing the book which his doctor recommended he do. "My doctor said to me 'Tom I can't give you any more medicine. I can give you advice, you've got to have a project'," he said. "The doctor said 'Tom you're a football man, write about it, and your stroke because your an expert'. "I would come down in the mornings and it would be 8.45am and I would look at the clock coach tote outlet and think how would I get through the next 12 hours. I couldn't make a cup of tea. "It helped me brain wise. It helped me fill my time in and helped my writing. It was an achievement. Sudden Exit became my project. "I persevered with it and wrote the book in long hand. My partner Sandie put it all on PC and we added and amended it from there." There was a time before then however that daily life was difficult to take for a man that was as competitive as they come. "When I came out of hospital none of my left worked, I couldn't get up on a stick," he said. "I couldn't have a wheelchair because I didn't fit the criteria. I was a cripple but I had to buy a wheelchair for 200.
"They bought a motorized wheelchair into my room and said 'Here's your new legs' and I cried. I thought I was going to walk out of hospital. When you've lost all your independence I couldn't handle the thought of a motorised wheelchair.
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