Friday, December 16, 2016

After the Cheering Stops

About the Book:
"Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma and the faith that saved her.

If I d only known what I loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it. Grant Feasel

Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Cyndy Feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grant s medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in God s presence when everything else falls apart."

My Thoughts:
I read "After The Cheering Stops" in one night. This book is eye-opening, raw, heartwarming, painful and even offers transparency. It is absolutely stunningly breathtaking. Cyndy Feasel is a hero for taking a stance and being so willing to share such vulnerable and intimate details of their life. She shows courage and determination to show no matter what situations and problems people face whether in the spectator light or not, we all can stop to ask for help. I love that she is willing to stand up and take a stance on sports injuries, especially concussions to help others find out that they can life long impacts. As an individual who had a concussion, this book is very near and dear to my heart. I cried several times throughout the book and found myself rooting for Cyndy. I am also inspired my her amazing faith. This is a book that you will just love! I give this book 5/5 stars. Go purchase a copy today! Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy. 

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