On August 4, 2004, Jason Crigler was onstage in a New York City nightclub when a blood vessel burst in his brain. The thirty-four-year-old guitarist, a fixture in the downtown music scene who had played with Marshall Crenshaw, Linda Thompson, and John Cale, narrowly survived the bleed. But a string of complications—meningitis, seizures, coma—left him immobile and unresponsive. With doctors saying nothing could be done, Jason’s insurance quickly hit its lifetime cap, meaning that his policy would no longer pay for his care. But Jason’s parents, sister, and pregnant wife were sure that he was still there, trapped but alive. His family mounted an intense course of rehabilitation for him even as they fought a healthcare system that was geared toward defeat. Get Me Through Tomorrow is the riveting story of Jason’s harrowing decline and miraculous recovery.
In intimate and unflinching prose, Mojie Crigler chronicles her brother’s medical saga while drawing on memories of their unusual childhood. Get Me Through Tomorrow is much more than the story of a medical victory amid a broken healthcare system. It is about a sister’s metamorphoses from fearful naïf to assertive caregiver. It is about families bridging heartache and divorce to find hope. It is about the deep, enduring relationship between siblings—and the love that transforms both.