Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders

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Read Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope Online Free - In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world—the quintessential “man's man,” who seems to have it all—confesses his constant battle with depression and how it nearly cost him his life. John Saunders—stellar athlete and respected sportscaster—welcomes readers into the heart of his desperate struggle against depression: from insights into the illness's root causes to the nature of modern treatments, from both a medical and cultural perspective. His story unfolds as so many of our lives do—among family, friends, and colleagues—but it also peers into places we don't often discuss openly—psych wards and hospitals. Here is the honest story of a public figure facing his own mental illness head on, and emerging far better off for his effort.

Title : Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope
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ISBN : 0306824736
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 328 pages


Lance rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

This is not a typical memoir of a sports figure. In the very beginning, John Saunders talks about his thoughts of suicide by describing a trip across New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. From there, he opens up about the demons that he lived with while battling depression through...

Eric rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Depression does not discriminate, people do. John Saunders was great at hiding in plain sight. I read this book and feel like there's this whole story that lays under the public sports celebrity that we know, this story of the battle against depression. We didn't know, how could we know, that th...

Kim. E. rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

When I picked this book up at the library based on a recommendation from here, I knew there would be parts that would touch what I call my past world. What I didn't expect was to find someone who understood some of my health issues so well, or that I would cry. John Saunders was a well beloved ESP...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

Mental health issues are becoming less taboo in our culture and it is great to see people opening up about the real struggle with depression that is often underlying people that are successful in their chosen profession. In addition to mental health, this book also covers Saunders' early years in...

Susi rated it ★★★★★

November 03, 2017

I’m so grateful to John Saunders for bravely sharing his story... For anyone who suffers or knows someone who suffers from an “invisible illness.” While the focus of the book is John’s lifelong battle with depression, many of the life lessons he shares are applicable to us all. He tells his story...

Caleb rated it ★★★★★

October 02, 2017

This book was quite impactful. How many people struggle with depression, 'playing hurt' through life? This book was a sacrifice of privacy on behalf of John and his family in order to truly help readers. I will close with this quote from President Obama: "We wouldn't accept it if only 40 percent...

Russ rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

Tough to read the first half of this book about Saunders' childhood abuse and his poor decisions as a young adult. Good to learn about brain injuries and depression, and about Saunders' experiences as a long time member of ESPN. The book is well written by John Bacon and Saunders mostly before Sa...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

As I watched ESPN for many years, John Saunders always seemed in command. Whether he was hosting Sports Reporters, anchoring studio coverage, or in the play-by-play booth, he appeared smooth, confident, and in control. That appearance of control makes Saunders' story of abuse, depression, and con...

Leya rated it ★★★★★

October 07, 2017

Great read. I always thought John was a great asset to ESPN. He was the consummate professional whether it be in a broadcasting, mediating, or emcee role. I was sad to hear that he passed away. After reading his book, I have an even greater respect for him and the family that loved him. I also ha...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

Loved it. I wasn't aware of what Saunders dealt with in his life. This book was very enlightening. As a sports fan, the stuff about ESPN was interesting, but the details about his battle with depression were what kept me reading. Anyone with someone close who fights with depression should definit...

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