"Inspirational is too weak a word to describe Garrison’s memoir". Booklist
~Selected by Reader's Digest Today's Best Non-Fiction ~ Volume 1, 2007
Julia's book chronicles her struggle to regain control over her life and her body. Her experience was a blueprint for how not to let the system dictate the direction, pace, and objectives of one’s recovery.
Of Hemorrhage, Homage and Humor
American Heart/Stroke Association
Stroke Connection Magazine (2013 winter issue)
There is a Human Being Inside Every Patient
International Journal of User Driven Health Care
Issue Apr/Jun 2012
When it Comes to Defeating Stroke, I wrote the Book
An Open Letter to Your Healthcare Provider
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Road Map
Do's and Don'ts for Doctors
A Prescription for a Productive Healthcare Visit
How I feel now
Keep Your Eye on the Prize—The Quality of Your Life!
Exercise the F-Words
"Her early excursions outside the hospital are nearly disastrous yet truly funny as are her adventures at home with a three-year-old child." Kirkus Review
"Her humorous, tear-jerking, struggle-to-recover-against-all-odds story is a lesson in finding silver linings".
"Don't Leave Me This Way's unique tone and utterly un-maudlin appeal is perhaps best summed up by its spunky yet spiky subtitle..."
"...pulls readers through her most humbling and triumphant moments"
"4 stars out of 4"
Detroit Free Press
"It's as if your wise-cracking neighbor, the one who can always come up with a biting yet hysterically funny story in any disaster, turned handicap into a stand-up routine. Garrison has an edgy sense of irony that prevents the horrendous events...from becoming too maudlin or depressing. Readers can bring this book to the beach and laugh out loud."
Chicago Sun Times--Advance Praise for Don't Leave Me This Way
~Chosen by the American Association of Therapeutic Humor for a book award, "Furthering the Mission - Non-member: for the best nonfiction book written by, or edited by, a nonmember that reflects and advances the understanding of application of humor and laughter for their positive benefits".