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Heather B. Armstrong: From ‘Queen of the Mommy Bloggers’ to 'The Valedictorian of Being Dead'

Heather B. Armstrong did not actually die 10 times during an experimental treatment for depression. She didn’t literally die even once. But she chose the title of her book “The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live” because her brain wave pattern looked like death — and also because she wanted to be dead, but mostly because the aftermath was an awful lot like coming back from the dead. Armstrong, 43, was one of 10 patients in the first round of a clinical trial that used the powerful anesthetic propofol (yes, the one that killed Michael Jackson and that is routinely used for colonoscopies) to all but cease brain activity in order to treat profound and resistant depression. Her book is the story of that journey, an intimate and gritty tale of how she did something desperate and, as she puts it, “insane” because it seemed the only path back to sanity. Watch as Armstrong recounts her experience firsthand to Yahoo News.



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