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Book Recounts True Story of Tube Feeding Hero

Jacob Ryan: Patriot, Medical Miracle, Spy, by Bill Ryan, is the remarkable true story of Jake’s journey from what promised to be a life of high-flying adventure as a navy combat pilot to the secret world of the CIA after spending almost six years in military and veterans hospitals, where he was often described as a gastric cripple. Home nutrition support consumers and their caregivers will be able to identify with Jacob Ryan.

 

Working with pioneering doctors at the Albany Medical Center, including Oley’s co-founder, Dr. Lyn Howard, Jake survives to begin a new career as one of the first tube-fed patients ever to convince the U.S. government to let him serve his country as a senior intelligence officer. Jake’s ability to function so well while juggling a rigid tube-feeding regimen at home and while traveling overseas on active duty makes for great reading.


Author Bill Ryan maintains, “This is a story that will make you proud to be an American.”

Jacob Ryan: Patriot, Medical Miracle, Spy is available as a paperback through Amazon (238 pages; $15.95) or as a Kindle e-book ($9.99)

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A Review

Mary Patnode, Oley President


What promises to be a story of catastrophic health problems, medical challenges, survival, and systemic roadblocks turns out to be all that and more. Jacob Ryan (a pseudonym) is truly remarkable in his determination, stamina, and personal strength. He had always brought those qualities to his life goals and he brought those same attributes to his sudden illness. His story is inspiring, intriguing, and hopeful, but never simple or easy.

 

Even more than the medical challenges, I was impressed with the power of love and support from family and friends that fills each chapter in Jacob’s journey. Written by his father, this true story is more than a medical journal. This tribute to Jacob is also the love story of a family and a story of the strength of their faith in the face of sudden and catastrophic illness.

 

While some of the specifics of Jacob’s story may be unique, in the end it is a story of survival, faith, and courage that many readers will find inspiring and with which they will be able to identify.


LifelineLetter, September/October 2011

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This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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