On May 21, 2018, in a pedestrian crosswalk on a quiet tree-lined street, Naseem is hit and then run over three times. Onlookers yell for the driver to stop as she hears her fate in her husband’s screams. Is he watching the mother of his children die?
Miraculously, she survives, yet she is no longer the person she worked so hard to be. Her “cracks”—the changes to her body and mind—initially feel impossible to accept. In learning to embrace this new, unrecognizable self, Naseem decides to celebrate the day she almost lost her life as the day she discovered her true strength—her Unbreakable Day.
In this unique memoir, equal parts heart wrenching and inspiring, Naseem lays bare the reality of personal trauma—and how we each have the power to reimagine our lives and find beauty in both being broken and unbreakable.
It was not an easy journey, or a magical discovery one day, yet she feels truly fortunate to have survived, evolved and maybe even thrived because of this crazy life experience. The things she has learned have - hopefully - made her a better person, mother, friend, colleague - and so she has spent the last few years trying to capture some of those insights in the hopes that they might help others appreciate their own beautiful cracks and the strength in their unique journeys.
"Rochette's story is a beautiful example of finding purpose and meaning in our lives, not in spite of what has happened to us, but because of it. An inspiration to survivors everywhere."
—Suzanne Jones, #1 bestselling author of There is Nothing to Fix: Becoming Whole Through Radical Self-Acceptance
"[A]n enjoyable read ...even through the book’s toughest, most dramatic moments. . . .the author speaks to her own vulnerability. . . . Fast-paced, illuminating."
- Kirkus Reviews
This is the perfect book for anyone looking to understand setbacks that life inevitably throws at us. While the title is attention-grabbing, and the calamity suffered is mind-boggling, the power of this book will still sneak up on you. . . . she was able to take the hardships she experienced through her life and eventually use them as a source of strength . . . As someone who's experienced her own physical traumas, I loved the idea of turning the day your life changed into an Unbreakable Day. . .. . ..Ms. Rochette's story was beautifully crafted and inspirational . . . In a world filled with negativity, this book lifted me with hope . . . .Overall, there is much wisdom in Naseem’s approach to life for all of us — finding joy and fulfillment despite the imperfections of self and life. . . . . This is a deceptively powerful book that is highly accessible, candid, and easy to read. . . . . Her lessons learned are painful and enlightening, bringing me to tears by the end. . . .worthwhile read for those who could benefit from reframing their painful pasts into Unbreakable Days . . . .by the end of the book I felt like I had a new friend . . .