Scott and Joan Bolzan co-authored a book, My Life, Deleted, released on Oct. 4 by HarperCollins. It made the New York Times bestseller list its first two weeks and was the subject of a story in the Nov. 14 issue of People magazine.
Scott Bolzan’s book tour included appearances on Good Morning America, The View, Huckabee, Fox & Friends, The Doctors and Dr. Phil, which brought an unexpected reward.
Bolzan said Phil McGraw referred him to Dr. Frank Lawlis in Dallas, where Bolzan went for three days of testing. How his brain functioned was checked, along with which areas had been affected and whether Bolzan’s medications or exposure to heavy metals like lead or mercury played a part in his memory loss.
“We also assessed whether he could enhance his rehabilitation through relaxation and breathing techniques,” Lawlis said via e-mail. “We did find some of his brain patterns related to high stress and depression, which was problematic in restoring optimal brain function.
“This visit did not exhaust our ideas for greater chances of recovery, but it was a start that should have been initiated a long time ago.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was recommended, which Bolzan believes brought a breakthrough when he started to remember his dreams after his fifth treatment.
The therapy, which he began in early October, might help improve the blood flow in his brain. Bolzan takes the Alzheimer’s medication Aricept for the same purpose, along with anti-depressants to help him cope with his frightening condition.
Knowing what he’d been dreaming about might seem minor to some, but for Bolzan it was “like Christmas.”
“For the past three years I would never remember dreams and it drove me crazy,” said Bolzan, a former pilot who also lost half the vision in his right eye. “I woke up and it was a dream of me flying an airplane. I talk about flying almost on a daily basis through interviews.
“After remembering dreams, it made me feel one step closer to being normal.”
— Marla Ridenour