Martha MacCallum’s ‘The Story’ and David’s Opinion Piece for Fox News

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Allison’s Interview on The Story w/Martha MacCallum

Watch Allison discuss her memoir ‘Beauty in the Broken Places’ on Fox News:


I survived a near-fatal stroke at age 30 (just 3 years ago). Here’s the most important thing I can do now

As originally published by Dr. David Levy on For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to study medicine. My father was a doctor, and I loved the idea of studying science and math and then going into a profession where I could serve others and take satisfaction from my daily work – medicine seemed like so much more than just a day job. It felt like a calling.

My life had a certain pattern to it: work hard, achieve, and then pick from an array of choices. With hard work, application, and effort come options: the ability to choose your next step and, to a large extent, to choose how you want that next step to look. Right? Not in the case of what happened next. The reason I am writing this is because of something that happened to me. Something that I never chose, never would have chosen, and never would wish on my worst enemy. It was unexpected and catastrophic, yet it has taught me more than all of my other years of schooling and training combined.

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Women’s Health Magazine: ‘My Husband Had A Stroke On The Flight To Our Babymoon’

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Dave Levy Stroke RecoveryAs originally published in WOMEN’S HEALTH: Allison Pataki’s new memoir tells the heart-wrenching story of her husband’s recovery.

The following is an exclusive excerpt from Beauty in the Broken Places, a new memoir by New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki:

Dave would not wake up, could not be roused from sudden and abrupt unconsciousness.

His six-foot, two-hundred-pound frame was laid flat across a row of airplane seats, a doctor and a nurse and an EMT (all passengers traveling on our flight) huddled around him.

The Alaska Airlines flight attendants had Dave hooked up to an oxygen tank while the nurse held tight to his wrist, tracking his pulse. The odd thing was that Dave’s vitals remained stable; he had the look of somebody taking a nap, a person at rest and at peace as chaos unfolded around him.

Click here to read the rest of the article on Women’s Health: My Husband Had A Stroke On The Flight To Our Babymoon

USA Today: Allison Pataki writes memoir of her husband’s stroke, when he was only 30

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As originally published in USA TODAY: A young, pregnant woman and her doctor husband set out from Chicago one beautiful June evening for a baby’s-coming celebration in Hawaii.

Hours later, she’s pacing the intensive care unit of a hospital in Fargo, N.D., after a medical-emergency landing and a harrowing dash to the emergency room. Her 30-year-old, athletic husband, hooked up to wires and monitors and bags and machines, is near death, the doctors say.

In Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith and Resilience (Random House, 245 pp., ★★★ out of four), Allison Pataki (the daughter of former New York governor George Pataki) tells the story of the fear-filled roller-coaster months after her husband, David Levy, had an in-flight stroke on June 9, 2015.

The two had been together since college so she knew he was tough, a fighter. But what she heard that night (not only from the hospital doctors but also from the carefully chosen words of Levy’s father and brother, also doctors) was that his prospects were very grim.

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It’s Launch Day for ‘Beauty In The Broken Places’

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It’s hard to believe that Beauty in the Broken Places makes its way out into the world today, while May 1 also marks a particularly important date in our family: the kick-off of Stroke Awareness Month.

Allison And Dave LevyThis is a journey that neither Dave nor I ever imagined going on, but as Lee Woodruff so beautifully wrote in her generous Foreword for our book: “In the end, the details of the bad thing do not matter.  What’s important is how you choose to respond.  It’s about not letting the bad thing define you. And if we can love and hug and hope and pray and keen and write our way through the hard parts, the way Allison and Dave have done, then we will have triumphed in every way.”

While our particular tale is unique in some ways, there is nothing more universal than the themes of love and loss, fear and hope, pain and healing that we grapple with in writing this story. It’s ultimately a story of humans and hearts, and one which, we hope, will speak to people regardless of what they have going on in their own full lives.

Dave and I have zero doubt that we would be where we are today without the love and support of the innumerable family members, friends, healers, colleagues and even total strangers who walked beside us and with us on our road to recovery.

Now that the book is here, we are asking for your help once more. These early days in a book’s life are so important. Would you help us spread the word? If you find Beauty in the Broken Places to be a worthwhile read, we would be grateful if you would consider saying so. Below are some examples of ways you might help, but really, anything you feel willing and able to do would be very appreciated.

1. Pick up a copy of BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES:

Grab a copy for yourself — or for someone else. Whether as a gift (Mother’s or Father’s Day perhaps?) or your next spring or summer read, the book is available through major retailers. Choose your favorite from the following: Amazon, Penguin Random House, Books-A-Million, Walmart, Kobo, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, TargetPowell’s and more.

2. Help us spread the word — talk it up:

Tell your friends about BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES. Email your family members. Chat with your co-workers. Share it with your reading groups, neighbors and community members…it all helps so much. You can share it on your social media channels, at your next book club, family get-together, or wherever your reading adventures may take you.

And we want to hear what you think, as well. Tag me on Twitter (@AllisonPataki), Facebook, Instagram or any social media outlet of your choice. Using the hashtag #BeautyInTheBrokenPlaces will ensure that all of our conversations connect in one place.

3. Post a review:

This matters SO much and authors appreciate every single review—that much I can promise you. Share what you think on AmazonGoodreads or elsewhere. Use the hashtag #BeautyInTheBrokenPlaces when you share your review on social media, as well. Or, share your review the good old fashioned way: word of mouth.

This was a journey that we walked with so many others, and that continues to be the case. Dave and I truly appreciate your support and any and all efforts to help us spread the word. We look forward to hearing from you in the days and weeks to come.

With gratitude and best wishes,

Allison & Dave

TODAY Show: ‘Beauty in the Broken Places’ and How Life Was Changed by a Stroke



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This morning, Dave and I had the privilege of sharing a bit of our story with Jenna Bush Hager on the Today Show , speaking about Dave’s stroke and recovery, as well as the writing we have done on it, Beauty in the Broken Places out this week.

We are so grateful on this Monday morning of launch week. If you had told us three years ago that this is where we would some day be sitting, and with an opportunity like this to speak about our own story, we might not have believed it.

Click here to see the full TODAY Show segment.

Washington Post: Woman finds hope after husband’s stroke at 35,000 feet

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By Allison Klein – Allison Pataki was pregnant. She and her husband were on an airplane in June 2015, heading to Seattle for a “babymoon” — a couples’ vacation before the little one arrives.

Dave Levy leaned over and asked his wife if his eye looked strange. Pataki looked up. She watched as her 30-year-old husband had a stroke and lost consciousness while they were 35,000 feet in the air.

Allison And Dave Levy

The plane made an emergency landing in Fargo, N.D. Pataki spent the night in a hospital waiting area while doctors worked on her husband. She didn’t know if he’d ever wake up.

Levy, then a third-year resident in orthopedic surgery, did wake up, but he was initially unable to speak or remember who his wife was.

His hard-fought recovery is the basis for Pataki’s new book, “Beauty in the Broken Places,” a memoir about their determination and gratitude, and the value of putting one foot in front of another during a crisis.

Click here to continue reading the full article in The Washington Post.