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On June 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 AFTERMATH


10 thoughts on “Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed

  1. Brenda Cook Brenda Cook says:

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


  2. Isis Isis 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 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 Tarleto 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 coveringthan 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 TRANSPARENTOvercome 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 evenchallenging 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 recovery.Told 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 book.Carmen 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 quite 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 together.She 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 dothan 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 coma.Rather 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 lye.Step 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 withclarity 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 lives.Today 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 all Side 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


  3. Jim Gleason Jim Gleason says:

    Bronze medal winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Inspirational Spiritual category 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 Bronze medal winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Inspirational Spiritual category 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 coveringthan 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.see this andthan a hundred other organ donation transplant related books many with my personal reviews at


  4. Beth Ball Beth Ball 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. JAS JAS 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. Q2 Q2 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 transplant.I expected to feel immeasurable sadness even depression reading her story, but instead I felt compassion, anger, and pride never pity.Carmen is a wonderfully clear and straight forward 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 transplant.I expected to feel immeasurable sadness even depression reading her story, but instead I felt compassion, anger, and pride never pity.Carmen is a wonderfully clear and straight forward narrator perhaps the reason I didn t feel so much sadness for her is that she doesn t often let herself feel sadness at her situation Sure, there are moments when she s overwhelmed by circumstances, but her first thoughts throughout her ordeal were of her daughters well being.Her story is an absorbing one Not only because of the horror of what happened, but also because Carmen is a nurse with a unique perspective on what has happened to her My husband works in a hospital and has always claimed health care workers have to have a unique sense of humor Carmen certainly does she makes fun of her missing ear by waving her ear flap around Further evidence of a resilient sense of humor comes from a conversation between Carmen and her sister Well, I said to Kess, frustrated, at least I don t have to dress up for Halloween What do you mean Kess asked I can go as an accident victim Carmen s visions while she was in a drug induced coma were the most memorable to me Interspersed with hallucinations and dreams about Dr Phil, she received one clear message Life is a choice I think we often forget how much our attitudes and actions can affect the path our lives take.The takeaway for me be thankful and content Carmen, now blind, briefly regained sight in one eye with an artificial cornea When she lost that precious bit of sight again, she realized how important it is to be thankful for what we do have in the here and now


  7. Emily Emily says:

    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 experien 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 come I 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 quite graphic


  8. Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog 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 Quite 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 struggle butabout survival, and not just survival but victory That s not to say 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 Quite 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 struggle butabout survival, and not just survival but victory That s not to say that Carmen didn t have her moments of doubt, her moments of anger, her moments of despair.We ve all heard stories of people who have overcome cancer and told how it changed their lives, that living so close to death was a wake up call to live Well this is similar, Carmen used what happened to her to help others She chose to share her story, Carmen s determination and strength can teach us all what is important in life, to not dwell on the past, or be overwhelmed by what we have lost and instead focus on the things we love, the things that inspire Life is a choice, you can choose to live it or you can choose to waste it being miserable or unhappywhich will you do


  9. Sheila Trask Sheila Trask 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 local papers several years ago It featured an attack by a mentally unhinged spouse, a bottle of corrosive lye, and a woman s body burned beyond recognition by caustic chemicals It was hard to look at but hard to turn away as well.Today, Tarleton has proved that people really can 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 local papers several years ago It featured an attack by a mentally unhinged spouse, a bottle of corrosive lye, and a woman s body burned beyond recognition by caustic chemicals It was hard to look at but hard to turn away as well.Today, Tarleton has proved that people really can overcome anything With the publication of this book, she tells the world not just the horrors she survived, but the blessings she received Written in a straightforward, first person style, Tarleton s story isabout resilience and bravery than it is about trauma and pain Most of all, it s about forgiveness, and Tarleton s astonishing journey to forgiving her attacker That s the story she wants to tell with her book, and it comes through loud and clear in this inspirational memoir of healing and hope


  10. Jess Jess 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 lye over her body She sustained burns over the majority of her body and doctors weren t sure if she would make it.But Carmen survived and this book details her road to recover both physically and emotionally I wouldn t call it an easy read but it was inspiring The obstacles Carmen o 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 lye over her body She sustained burns over the majority of her body and doctors weren t sure if she would make it.But Carmen survived and this book details her road to recover both physically and emotionally I wouldn t call it an easy read but it was inspiring The obstacles Carmen overcame and the way she decided she would approach life is remarkable She chose life, as she likes to say, and I found myself wondering if I could be as brave as she is I would love to hear Carmen speak in one of her public speaking opportunities, I think she is amazing and has a wealth of knowledge to share