After being struck by their ceiling fan, Su collapses to the ground and proceeds to lose consciousness. Her husband Jim runs off with their son to get help. This is how her remarkable journey begins.
"I don't remember any of what I'm about to tell you" (5).
After this incident, Su wound up in the hospital temporarily paralyzed and delivers her baby early, but the memory issues to come once she had awoken were unexpected.
". . . I seemed overly sensitive to everything around me . . . I had such a limited vocabulary and no real memory of what happened" (35).
Su began her recovery process while still in the hospital. She went through extensive therapy ranging from occupational to speech, etc. This quickly revealed how much her memory was truly affected.
" 'Su this is a red square. Turn the page. What was on the previous page?" "I responded, 'I don't know' " (35).
"Was going home to a house I didn't know, with a family that might just as well have been assigned to me, really a safe, smart, logical, next step?" (69).
Su was sent back home after just three weeks despite the fact that she couldn't understand her surroundings, how to speak, physically had trouble moving, etc. Jim left her to fend for herself when he returned to work, leaving her trying to figure out how to take care of two kids while simultaneously relearning how to live herself.
"This little bike accident forced Jim to rethink. What if I had been in the car? He had no idea this sort of thing had already occurred while I was driving" (118).
After her accident Su experienced several "lightning episodes" where she would randomly black out and have no recollection of what just occurred. It wasn't until this one when Jim finally realized there was an issue. However, since her brain scans always came clear, no doctor ever did help her.
When Su's eldest son Benjamin started school, she took this as an opportunity to learn things with him since she had no memory of everything she had once learned herself. However, Benjamin starts to struggle in school which she believes has a great deal to do with his unordinary childhood due to her memory issues.
"He struggled with everything associated with school all the way through high school" (154).