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On June 10 2007 Carmen Blandin Tarleton's estranged husband broke into her rural Vermont home beat her with a baseball bat and doused her with industrial strength lye Doctors called it THE MOST HORRIFIC INJURY A HUMAN BEING COULD SUFFER Tarleton spent the next three and a half months in a medically induced coma and when she awoke it was to an unimaginable reality she was blind and permanently disfigured with burns covering than eighty percent of her body Her recovery would include months of painful rehab dozens of surgeries and total dependence on family friends and strangers for physical and financial care With so much taken away no one could have anticipated what Tarleton would gain from her experience an awakening A purpose Joy By sharing her struggles and ultimate victory over catastrophic loss Tarleton proves. I would sincerely like to thank NetGalley and Round Table Publishing for granting me the privilege of reading this book in exchange for a review Although I received a copy of the book for free that in no way influenced the review I have written On June 10 2007 Carmen Blandin Tarleton s estranged husband broke into her rural Vermont home beat her with a baseball bat and doused her with industrial strength lye Doctors called it THE MOST HORRIFIC INJURY A HUMAN BEING COULD SUFFER Tarleton spent the next three and a half months in a medically induced coma and when she awoke it was to an unimaginable reality she was blind and permanently disfigured with burns covering than eighty percent of her body Her recovery would include months of painful rehab dozens of surgeries and total dependence on family friends and strangers for physical and financial care With so much taken away no one could have anticipated what Tarleton would gain from her experience an awakening A purpose Joy By sharing her struggles and ultimate victory over catastrophic loss Tarleton proves that life is a choice and in the process offers a rare glimpse into the best and worst corners of the human heart CARMEN IS SO UNFLINCHINGLY HONEST SO TRANSPARENT Overcome Burned Blinded and Blessed is an opportunity to bask for just for a little while in the rays of her exceptional spirit JONI BUSBY SUPERVISING PRODUCER THE DOCTORS Carmen s story is one of tragedy and triumph She is truly an example of the strength and beauty of the human spirit Carmen went from victim to survivor and teaches us all that we can overcome the unimaginable and create the lives we would like to live JENNIFER RADICS MBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALISA ANN RUCH BURN FOUNDATION Carmen Tarleton s story is a riveting account of a courageous woman who teaches us all the power of fighting suffering with relentless hope and tenacity SAMIR MELKI MD PHD FOUNDER BOST ON EYE GROUP Carmen tells her inspiring story with remarkable clarity and honesty She has endured a journey many might be unable to endure and arrived to provide the reader with wisdom compassion and inspiration As heavy as the price was for Carmen Overcome is a wonderful gift to those of us who take the time to read it Her story is at heart one of a profound and courageous journey and she has arrived with great treasures to offer us all DAVID VOGEL PRESIDENT BURN SURVIVORS OF NEW ENGLAND Told with sincerity and grace Overcome powerfully illustrates the unlimited resilience of the human spirit Carmen s heart thumping journey is at times harrowing yet always keenly illuminating Overcome is a bracing triumph of the soul MICHAEL PAUL MASON AUTHOR OF HEAD CASES STORIES OF BRAIN INJURY AND ITS AFTERMATHIt is a challenge to imagine this happening to anyone but having grown up in Vermont it was even challenging to accept that this kind of heinous violence could be aimed at anyone in this small beautiful state This book shares Carmen Blandin Tarleton s astound journey from the beginning of her romance and eventual marriage to Herbert Herb Rodgers to their separation and divorce proceedings nine years later followed by his unprovoked hideously violent assault that left Carmen permanently disfigured and through the first several years of her physical and emotional recoveryTold from Carmen s point of view this book is astoundingly moving and profoundly uplifting Unable to write the book herself the team at Round Table Publishing worked with Carmen to share her story in her words They did such an excellent job you would never know that Carmen didn t actually write the book if the details weren t shared with us at the end of the bookCarmen did exactly what she set out to with this book getting her story out without all of the focus being on the attack but rather making her message of positivity be the focus She walks us through the amicable end of her first marriage to meeting Herb and the slow cautious development of their friendship into a romance and into love Though she talks about Herb she stays away from trying to analyze his emotional state beyond what she saw on a daily basis Apparently he was an expert at hiding things from her and uite possibly himself Combine that with her being totally smitten with him and it made for the perfect storm though it sounds as if no one would have been able to foresee what he would eventually do years after they got togetherShe explains the attack fairly matter of factly though she includes what she recalls thinking and feeling at the time It is amazing the amount of damage he was able to do in just fifteen minutes though covering someone in industrial strength lye will do than enough damage all by itself especially considering it has been used to dissolve dead bodies That she survived at all some say is a miracle Carmen says it was a choice one made during a dream she had while in a medically induced comaRather than giving up or allowing anger bitterness to rule her life Carmen made constant choices that kept her moving on a positive path forward This doesn t mean that she didn t feel pain or that she didn t initially struggle with the what ifs that can plague a person in retrospect She did She also had to learn how to accept help and be open to it rather than feel that she was creating an imbalance in her relationships by accepting help part of that may have been due to the fact that for a long agonizing time she had no choice but to accept help due to the extremity of her injuries loss of sight caused by the lyeStep by step Carmen began to figure out what message she was meant to learn from this experience She learned many including the crucial importance of forgiveness The forgiveness was not for anyone other than herself she discovered that once she forgave Herb she was much happier and list some strange physical ailments that no one had been able to explain She never condoned what Herb did but she did forgive him for her own sake And in doing so she found her path with clarity in taking what happened to her and sharing her story with others letting other survivors know that there was still the chance for love romance happiness in their livesToday Carmen appreciates everything in her life no longer taking things for granted She lives in the present and is as fully open to it as she possibly can be She is truly an inspiration for all and continues her work of educating people about the benefits of forgiveness positive thinking and the very basic but crucial concept that all of life is a choice Her story is a clarion call for people everywhere healthy ill injured victims of accidents or deliberate assaults life is what you make of it and your attitude is the most important part of it allSide Note Since the publication of this book Carmen has gone on to have a total face transplant of which about only 24 have ever been done She also started taking piano lessons and she and her piano teacher have since fallen in love So she truly is the living embodiment of what she preaches

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That life is a choice and in the process offers a rare glimpse into the best and worst corners of the human heart CARMEN IS SO UNFLINCHINGLY HONEST SO TRANSPARENT Overcome Burned Blinded and Blessed is an opportunity to bask for just for a little while in the rays of her exceptional spirit JONI BUSBY SUPERVISING PRODUCER THE DOCTORS Carmen's story is one of tragedy and triumph She is truly an example of the strength and beauty of the human spirit Carmen went from victim to survivor and teaches us all that we can overcome the unimaginable and create the lives we would like to live JENNIFER RADICS MBA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALISA ANN RUCH BURN FOUNDATION Carmen Tarleton's story is a riveting account of a courageous woman who teaches us all the power of fighting suffering with relentless hope and tenacity SAMIR MELKI MD. Her resilience and story of forgiveness are inspiring I saw her speak recently and if we all could spread the light that Carmen does after the horrific act she survived the world would definitely be a better place

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PHD FOUNDER BOST ON EYE GROUP Carmen tells her inspiring story with remarkable clarity and honesty She has endured a journey many might be unable to endure and arrived to provide the reader with wisdom compassion and inspiration As heavy as the price was for Carmen Overcome is a wonderful gift to those of us who take the time to read it Her story is at heart one of a profound and courageous journey and she has arrived with great treasures to offer us all DAVID VOGEL PRESIDENT BURN SURVIVORS OF NEW ENGLAND Told with sincerity and grace Overcome powerfully illustrates the unlimited resilience of the human spirit Carmen's heart thumping journey is at times harrowing yet always keenly illuminating Overcome is a bracing triumph of the soul MICHAEL PAUL MASON AUTHOR OF HEAD CASES STORIES OF BRAIN INJURY AND ITS AFTERMA. Very inspiring story filled with hope and a gives the reader a desire to forgive let go of wrongs that have been made against you and a love for the author Carmen Tarleton This book was written before Carmen received her full face transplant one of the first few full face transplants in history The story of her recovery has been in the news all month and I was grateful to have been able to read her story The book is filled with Carmen s will to live and rise above the most horrific experience Her ability to forgive is amazing Lots of insightful thoughts pg 256 where she is speaking to a group of prisoners serving for sex crimes Your only goal is to help yourself not your victim That is what I truly believe Selfish is a bad word in our society but I think we re not nearly selfish enough We never put ourselves first the way we should and when I say selfish not in a malicious way I mean taking care of yourself as your first priority Because unless you do that you can t fully take care of anyone else Forgive yourself first Then see what other changes comeI realized the truth of my words as I spoke them As a society we self sacrifice to our own detriment We accept responsibility for other people s happiness before we accept responsibility for our own If we reversed that we would be better mothers better spouses and better friends siblings and daughters I m grateful Carmen was willing to share her story with the world as I think we can all learn from her strength Disclaimer The first half of this book contained a few F words and a few other random bits of language Also the description of the attack is naturally uite graphic


10 thoughts on “Overcome

  1. says:

    An amazing story about an incredibly strong woman physically And from the heart

  2. says:

    I would sincerely like to thank NetGalley and Round Table Publishing for granting me the privilege of reading this book in exchange for a review Although I received a copy of the book for free that in no way influ

  3. says:

    Bronze medal winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the InspirationalSpiritual categoryOn June 10 2007 Carmen Blan

  4. says:

    Her resilience and story of forgiveness are inspiring I saw her speak recently and if we all could spread the light that Carmen does after the horrific act she survived the world would definitely be a better place

  5. says:

    This was a very powerful story I experienced so many emotions and there were a few points where I had to put the book down for a couple of days Carmen B Tarleton is a strong and brave woman

  6. says:

    I recently read a book called Overcome Burned Blinded and Blessed by Carmen Blandin; she is a woman who was beaten and chemically burned by her husband of nine years Carmen writes around the event to give background she's a nurse and afterwards to show where she is today she might get a face transplantI expected to feel immeasurabl

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    Very

  8. says:

    From the opening page I was drawn into this story Carmen's story could be anyone's story How many people do you know who are young divorced women thinking they found love only to find that their new mate has flaws and keeps secrets? uite a few I bet But of course no one thinks that one day their ex love will come back and bring such a nightmare of pain loss and agony This is not so much a book about her strug

  9. says:

    I grew up in the Vermont hills where Carmen Blandin Tarleton suffered at the hands of her husband and recovered in the hands of a tight knit rural community I don’t know her personally but I remember her story in the lo

  10. says:

    This is the true story of Carmen Blandin a young mother whose life was irrevocably changed after her ex husband attacked her He came into her house one night savagely beat her and then poured industrial strength