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The Other Side of The Curtain

Recovering from Deep Coma

Nadia Judith Bijaoui

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 9780976258247
  • Publication Date: 2017-08-10
  • Bio Health Education & The World’s Next BestSeller

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The Other Side of The Curtain

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The author loved living in the South of France and studying French literature and poetry, until the political events of May 1968. One year later, at 18, she was pronounced dead after a motorcycle accident. Yet, she entered a three-month coma. Once she woke up, her unexpected survival surprised everyone, except her mother who didn’t leave her side during the three months she was comatose.

Once transferred into a regular hospital room, Nadia experienced horrible and confused feelings. Eventually, she realized what she went through and defied herself that she would walk and dance again, or rather die. Her mother and she became engaged in a speedy recovery.

Trying to forget her accident and the consequences it had on her existence, she moved to the United States where she resumed her life as if nothing ever happened. But there are things in life, one cannot forget. Strange emotions she did not understand would surge. Eventually, she admitted what she wanted once to disregard; and that her recovery was not as total as she pretended. Trying to remember a past washed off by amnesia was not without challenges. Furthermore, she longed to understanding the reasons of her survival. Being called “a miracle” without explanations was not what she was searching. Years after her death-experience and amnesia, her calling to recollect her dismissed past guided her academic and professional paths.

Narrating her story, Nadia Judith wrote the two first parts of the book. Dr. Bijaoui, who wrote the third part, holds several degrees in fields that help her understand and transmit the seven elements that demystified her total recovery. (Nadia Judith and Dr. Bijaoui are the same person at different times of her life.)

While decoding the steps of her own recovery, she created Bio Health Education, giving the theories and programs that made so much sense to her, a concrete framework for others to easily follow in order to prevent and/or to heal.

The messages of her book are hope, tenacity, and prevention, at any stage.

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“The Other Side of the Curtain is the poignant journey in three parts of a child of the Diaspora to become Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui, psychoanalyst and specialist in recovery from PTSD. The first two parts of the book constitute a memoir about growing up in post-war Tunisia and Marseille in a close-knit Jewish family, where education and spiritual heritage were paramount. Her descriptions of the sweets she devoured were enough to make one gain pounds while reading them. A half-gallon of Neapolitan ice cream and a tin of brownies were consumed (on her behalf)…it was the least I could do. Her pleasures consisted of long walks, dance classes, and those wicked sweets.

Following the rigorous French educational model, the author studied hard for the 1969 Baccalaureate Exam, after the famous May 1968. No sooner had she passed the exam and gotten her score, than a terrible accident occurred. This accident nearly took her life and left her comatose for months. How she survived is the mystery she has spent the remaining forty-five years studying, seeking a therapy model that might help other victims of PTSD and coma in their recovery.

The third part of the book consists of her breakdown of the seven elements which she believes came together to save her. Rooted in Freudian perspective, Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui has created a model which incorporates the needs of the body, the mind and the spirit. As clinical as the last section reads, she has left room for the Divine. I’m not sure Dr. Freud would approve, but being a near-death survivor myself, I do. I wish her the greatest success.”
Elizabeth Kerr, author of The Spin

“Nadia Judith is a miracle! She survived a catastrophic motorcycle accident in Marseille, and went on to thrive! While she chronicles her fascinating experience of recovering from a coma, her comments and health suggestions as a researcher and Doctor complete the picture of recovery. For years Nadia Judith suffered from undiagnosed PTSD, which blocked her from remembering her recovery. She says this about the accident, "I never remembered anything about what happened to me before and after the accident...The amnesia had removed the imprint of those events from my brain... Everything I have written about the accident, I did not know it. I lived it. I felt it in my body, my heart, and my soul. But I never knew it." Dr. Bijaoui shares her story and offers her research on PTSD and dream analysis to help people understand recovery from a coma. The accident occurred in 1969 when she was a young student with the background of the student riots of May1968. For people who are recovering from a coma, people who have loved ones recovering from a coma, or clinicians helping coma patients interested in coma, this is a must read. For anyone who loves French literature or history this is a must read. And really anyone who loves a story of overcoming adversity this is a must read!”
Mari Selby, Selby Ink

“Do not read this book in bed, the mysteries of this book will keep you up at night.”
Tom Hanson, Designer

“A mystery from a real life experience that may help you make sense of your own life.”
Jo Dennis, Consultant in St Tropez

Nadia Judith Bijaoui

Nadia Judith Bijaoui was born in a French Protectorate at the time, Tunisia. She was 5 and her family moved to France, in Paris, Nice, then, Marseille. She loved studying French literature and living in the South of France, until May 1968. One year later, she was pronounced dead after a motorcycle accident and entered a 3-month coma. She survived. Trying to forget her accident and its consequences, she moved to the US. But there are things in life that one cannot forget. Finally, she admitted what she wanted once to ignore.

Her quest to recollect her past after a coma and amnesia guided her academic and professional paths. Dr. Bijaoui holds degrees in fields that helped her understand her recovery. She stated, “Professionally and personally, I value the relationship between mind, body, and emotions”. Searching her past, she created Bio Health Education to give the theories and programs that made sense to her a concrete framework. Her work focuses on physical, social, & mental wellness/health.