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.”

Bronze Medal 2013 IPPY Award

Carmen reveals face transplant on CNN

About the Author

On June 10, 2007, Carmen Blandin Tarleton’s life changed forever. Once a typical wife, mother, and registered nurse, she became the unlikely survivor of a brutal attack—and an inspiration for anyone whose life has been marred by tragedy.

Born in West Fairlee, Vermont, Carmen worked as a nurse in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for nearly eight years before relocating to Los Angeles. In 1996, she joined UCLA as an RN, working 12-hour shifts as a single mother of two daughters. She began dating Herbert Rodgers—a soft-spoken, well-liked hospital vendor—in 1998, and they married three years later in 2001. In 2003, while still at UCLA, Carmen founded CNH Legal Nurse Consulting, offering her expertise to attorneys on both sides of medical malpractice suits. When Carmen and her family moved back to Vermont in 2006, she resumed her nursing... read more

About the Book

Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed

On June 10, 2007, Carmen Blandin 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. 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. read more

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