By  on December 11, 2018

Jake Burton Carpenter seriously contemplated ending it all during his grueling recovery from Miller Fisher syndrome, a rare form of Guillain-Barré syndrome, that nearly killed him in 2015.

The avid outdoorsman spent seven weeks in a hospital bed paralyzed except for his hands, with only a respirator and breathing tube keeping him alive. After dropping to 135 pounds, he spent the next six weeks at a rehabilitation center learning to talk and walk again, followed by another six months at home trying to get his life back.

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