Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed
Carmen Blandin Tarleton
On June 10, 2007, Carmen 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 more than eighty percent of her body and face. Her recovery would include weeks 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.
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Carmen Blandin Tarleton discusses her book on The Doctors in the days after her face transplant surgery.
How This Book Was Created
Carmen Blandin Tarleton’s indelible Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed is the result of heartfelt collaboration between Carmen and the Round Table Companies (RTC) storytelling team. To create this book, RTC executive editor Katie Gutierrez and Director of Author Support Kristin Westberg conducted a series of intensive interviews with Carmen over a period of several months, using those to help craft the book you now read. Throughout the process, the book touched the hands of RTC’s writers, editors, proofreaders, transcriptionists, designers, and executive team. We are grateful to Carmen for inviting us into her journey, for bravely revisiting heartrending memories, and for sharing so authentically how happiness can come from struggle. Carmen is an extraordinary spirit, a force that entered the lives of the RTC team and changed them all. It is our hope that in reading this book, you will feel the energy of everyone who contributed to its creation. We also hope you will feel as though Carmen is speaking as directly to you as she did with us—because she is.
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