The Valedictorian of Being Dead | Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong has struggled with depression her whole life, but after an especially rough 18-month patch, she signs up for an experimental medical trial where they administer propofol anesthesia for a full 15 minutes before bringing her back. Basically, Heather dies for 15 minutes, only to be brought back. The month-long medical trial is 10 sessions. Imagine dying and being brought back ten times. The story of the physical, mental, and emotional toll on not only Heather but her family, is riveting. An inspirational story for anyone who has fought depression, been interested in mental illness, and the science behind it.

Georgette Coan is the manager of Barbara's Bookstore in Burr Ridge.