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Named Sudden Exit, the 225-page memoir tells how the once overtly confident manager dealt with the instant change to his life after he “spiritually died” on December 5, 2007.
From being a gregarious, larger-than-life character, Tommy retreated into a shell of depression.
He was desperately sad at not being able to mentally or physically achieve the things he used to and be the person he was.
“When I walked about at Wembley that day I was idolised by thousands, then suddenly I couldn’t get out. I couldn’t even make a cup of tea" - Tommy Sampson
“It was devastating,” said Tommy, who lives in Maidstone.
“When I walked about at Wembley that day I was idolised by thousands, then suddenly I couldn’t get out. I couldn’t even make a cup of tea. Basically I was a dead man.”
He started working on the book in 2008 and finished it while on a trip to Chicago in August 2013 for a friend’s wedding.
He said: “Writing it was the best therapy I could have had because I was really struggling.
“I was being treated for severe depression. After I came home I couldn’t move and was left on my own with nothing to do.
“My GP said I’ve got to have a project, so I just started writing about my stroke.”
The story includes extracts from his partner Sandie Wilson’s diary, as well as his first-person account of the debilitating effects of the stroke on his body and mind.
Sudden Exit by Tommy Sampson is published by Authorhouse and can be purchased for £12.95 (paperback) or £23.99 (hardback) from www.authorhouse.co.uk
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