Driven: A Remarkable Story of Tragedy, Triumph and Faith

A Memoir

About the Book

On September 29, 1988, eighteen-year-old Mike Cafferty was cruising the streets of Chicago’s South Side after midnight with his buddies. Like millions of teenagers, he thought he was invincible. Quicker than a flash, his life changed forever. Mike woke up in a hospital with screws in his head, surrounded by his family, including his stoic father and hysterical mother. Once a champion swimmer, Mike was told he’d lost use of his body from his shoulders down. He would be a quadriplegic for life.

Driven is the gripping, funny, inspirational memoir of that devastating night and the courageous days and years that follow. From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, Driven takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of devastation and despair, alcoholism, love and loss, and ultimately perseverance, achievement, faith and family.

Along the way, Driven shows the incomprehensible challenges those with severe disabilities face as it inspires anyone to overcome obstacles in their own lives.

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“Replacing self-pity with a wicked sense of humor and a relentless drive to live his best life, Mike has accomplished more without using his arms and legs than most people do with two of each. Driven will make you laugh, cry and see your life in a whole new way.”

— David Henry Sterry, author of Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent

The Details

Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press
Pages: 256
Formats: EbookPaperback
ISBN-10: 1938757734ISBN-13: 978-1938757730ASIN: B083Z423NQ
Genres & Tropes
Memoir, Non-Fiction