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Travis Roy a former collegiate hockey player wrote his tragic story in a book called Eleven Seconds Well he didnt physically write it down himself he dictated the story to EM Swift who organized Travis words into the book This is because Travis Roy is a quadriplegic After a mere eleven seconds of Travis first college hockey game his dreams of the NHL were shattered forever Travis Roys autobiography Eleven Seconds has three parts In the first part Travis tells about his childhood and his high school career He reminisces about the fun he had playing little league hockey and how he would help out at the rinks that his father managed The next part in the story is the climax Travis describes his feelings and emotions leading up to game-time of his first college hockey game He is extremely excited to be playing the sport he loves at such a high level of competition but within eleven seconds everything is stripped away from Travis He tries to check an opponent into the boards but misses and hits the glass awkwardly At this point it is all over Travis Roy is paralyzed from the neck down a quadriplegic For the remainder of the story Travis describes the motionless life that has been forced upon him He tells about the pain of never being able to play hockey or even live a normal life again Travis explains the emotional battle his whole family was forced into and also states his case for stem cell research Eleven Seconds is a very well written book in my opinion It is easy to read and has a friendly tone Im happy to have read the book because it made me realized that I should appreciate the little things in life that I take for granted every day What if I woke up one day and couldnt move my arms or my legs That is the way Travis Roy will
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